With church buildings that are to be sold, first the sacred items (such as consecrated hosts) will be removed from the church. The Diocesan Bishop (or Archbishop) will issue a decree stating that the church building has been relegated to profane use. This has the effect of deconsecrating the church building. Once this decree has been made the building is no longer an official church building. The diocese will sell the building for any use as long as it is not "sordid."
SOUTH END CHURCH DEMOLITION QUESTIONED IN PETITION HISTORICAL SOCIETY ASKS ROLE OF CARDINAL LAW IN DECISION TO ALTER IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Mar 12, 1987; The South End Historical Society said yesterday it has filed a petition before Cardinal Bernard Law questioning if he, as...