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5/15/2013 10:32:00 AM
Letters to the editor: Holy Ground should remain Holy Ground

I would like to make a comment on St Roch’s Church renovation project that has been going on for over a year in La Salle Illinois, to be sold as a home or an apartment.
John Fialko of San Diego, California purchased the former church and he is renovating it.
Also St. Roch’s rectory is for sale which includes a sizeable home with all the amenities. Do we know the cost that the Peoria Diocese received or will receive with the selling of these two buildings?
I have for some time felt that if a Bishop dedicated this church as Holy Ground it should stay Holy Ground and not be sold as a secular building.
I have criticized priests and bishops, in my comments, but I was given the Lord’s revelation by a good friend on not to criticize any religious and to leave it to the Lord’s disposition.
Our Lord says, “One should never attack a religious, even when he ‘s in error. Rather one should pray and do penance that I’ll grant him my grace once again. He alone represents me even when he doesn’t live up to my example.”
“When a religious falls, we should extend him a helping hand through prayer and not through attacks! I myself will be his judge. No one but I. Whoever voices judgment over a religious has voiced it over me.”
This has been difficult for me to do with the existence of pedophile priests and also with the tearing down and the selling of the Holy Ground of churches. 
I have been praying to the good Lord that I’ll hold judgment of my criticism of specific catholic religious and let the good Lord make his own judgment of them, neither /or hold them accountable at the end of their life. 
If however, there are religious who have become tainted with selfishness and greed,— with the only mission of destroying churches for “whatever” gain they may receive, then they need all the prayers we can give them.
St. Roch is the patron Saint of dogs and those who love them. When he was seriously ill, he was found by a hunting dog in a forest, and the owner of the dog then helped him survive. 
If St. Roch is the patron Saint of dogs, then I feel that selling St. Roch’s Church and Rectory, as a secular entity, in my estimation, is that the Catholic church is going to the dogs too.
Carlo Olivero,

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Article comment by: JustSaying

Dear Mr. Olivero, In my understanding, St. Roch's Church was officially "de-sanctified" many years ago when the Diocese decided to turn the former Church into the Catholic Charities office. It is a process used by the Catholic Church and so you may wish to inquire about that at the Diocese level. If you are ever able to visit the site as it has been renovated, I think you would be pleasantly surprised to see the reverence and deference in the renovations themselves, given the knowledge that the property was once indeed, not only holy ground, but the repository of the spirituality of generations of families.

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