Santa Fe Travesty?
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It is not sacrilege.

Sacrilege is the intentional sinful violation of a sacred thing. Strictly speaking it only occurs when there is a grave violation of a thing in its sacred character.

If this chapel was sold off to non-Catholics then it must have first been de-sacrilized. To do this the bishop issues a formal decree reducing the building to profane use, thus removing its blessing or consecration. For liceity, but not validity of the decree, the bishop must try to ensure that the place is not used for sordid purposes, to prevent the risk of scandal.

Even if this were not done the offering of the building for public sale would remove the blessing or consecration of the place.

It is sad to see this done to this chapel, and most certainly it is wrong and unbecoming of the place, but it is not sacrilege.

I think one could, however, have a legitimate legal case against the owners for fraud, if they donated and the owners made it seem that it was a Catholic Church and funds raised were going to maintain a Catholic shrine. Perhaps if there were a large Catholic donor who was offended by this news, he could file a legal suit, bankrupt this owner and settle for reclaiming the Church for at least decent use, if not Catholic worship.
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Santa Fe Travesty? - by Zedta - 01-30-2018, 12:44 PM
RE: Santa Fe Travesty? - by Magdalene - 01-30-2018, 02:04 PM
RE: Santa Fe Travesty? - by MagisterMusicae - 01-30-2018, 03:06 PM
RE: Santa Fe Travesty? - by DJR - 02-01-2018, 04:44 PM
RE: Santa Fe Travesty? - by MagisterMusicae - 02-01-2018, 05:55 PM
RE: Santa Fe Travesty? - by DJR - 02-01-2018, 10:30 PM
RE: Santa Fe Travesty? - by MagisterMusicae - 02-02-2018, 02:44 PM
RE: Santa Fe Travesty? - by DJR - 02-02-2018, 04:50 PM
RE: Santa Fe Travesty? - by MagisterMusicae - 02-02-2018, 09:12 PM
RE: Santa Fe Travesty? - by GangGreen - 02-01-2018, 06:17 PM
RE: Santa Fe Travesty? - by GRA - 02-01-2018, 11:19 PM
RE: Santa Fe Travesty? - by Zedta - 02-03-2018, 02:31 PM



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