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Fayette parishes’ merger will stand under church court decision

The Supreme Court of the Roman Catholic Church rejected an appeal of a decision upholding the merger of six Fayette County parishes, according to the Diocese of Greensburg.

The decision upholds the merger of the six parishes — All Saints, Masontown; Holy Rosary, Republic; Madonna of Czestochowa, Cardale; St. Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Leckrone; St. Procopius, New Salem; and St. Thomas, Footedale — into one new parish, St. Francis of Assisi.

Greensburg Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt received the decree Thursday from the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the Supreme Court of the Roman Catholic Church. The appeal was “rejecting the recourse ‘in limine,’” which means “at the threshold” and without a hearing.

The Vatican supported Brandt’s 2013 merger of six parishes in Western Fayette County. That decree from the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy was dated May 20, 2014. The Congregation’s decision was appealed by some members of the former parishes.

“I am pleased with the decision … which again confirms that the procedures we followed in making the difficult decision to merge the six parishes,” Brandt said.

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