Northeast Ohio: Are some churches reopening?

10:47 PM, Apr 4, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The parishioners of the 13 closed Cleveland churches hold out hope they will reopen by Easter Sunday.

Since Saint Patrick's of West Park closed, parishioner Pat Singleton decorates the doors for Holy week every year.

"The longer it goes, the more painful it is," Singleton said.

From the beginning, Singleton has been on the front lines fighting for her church and 12 others.

Last month, the Vatican sent Bishop Richard Lennon a decree, by most accounts, it is reversing the church closure decision.

Last week, another appeal to Rome.

Tuesday night, the talk among parishners was that Bishop Lennon is ready to concede.

"Easter would be most appropriate. Easter is the resurrection of our Lord, the resurrection of our parish," Singleton said.

Diocese spokesperson Bob Tayek tells Channel 3 that "Most likely, the churches won't reopen for Easter."

"Lawyers of the Diocese are still carefully interpreting the meaning of the decree," Tayek said.

The lockout is taking its toll.

Still followers devoted to their faith and parish hold regular service outside. They're praying this Holy Week for an open door and pew to share with their church community.


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