CLEVELAND: The Roman Catholic bishop in Cleveland says some of the dozen Northeast Ohio churches that were closed but later spared by the Vatican might begin reopening in mid-June.
Bishop Richard Lennon tells the Plain Dealer he hopes to complete the process before August. He says some of the churches might have to share a pastor.
He made the comments Wednesday, the same day parishioners at one of the churches appealed to Rome to speed up the reopening. Members of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Cleveland said the appeal was filed with the church office that ordered Lennon to reopen the churches.
The churches were among 50 in the Cleveland Diocese that were closed or merged because of a shortage of priests, parishioners and money.