Tuesday, June 3, 2003

Milwaukee Archdiocese sells closed church to Assemblies of God

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has sold the buildings and land of the former St. Joseph's Parish in Cudahy to an Assembly of God church, likely ending a nearly four-year fight by some former parishioners to save the parish.The group - whose appeal of the parish's merger and closing was rejected earlier this year by the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican's highest court - said its canon lawyer in Rome was reviewing other options.

.....But Topczewski did confirm that 30% of the price was being financed by Nativity of the Lord Parish at a rate of 73/4%. The term is for up to five years or until the purchasing church sells its current building.

Proceeds from the sale will go to Nativity Parish. But the financing arrangement did not sit well with former St. Joseph's parishioners who opposed the merger, most of whom did not join the new parish."This is corruption," said Angela Scaffidi, who grew up in St. Joseph's. "How can the archdiocese take money from the parishioners and use that money to help Protestants buy a Catholic church that the St. Joe's parishioners paid for and are trying to save?"