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VATICAN GUIDELINES FOR THE CLOSURE OF CHURCHES

The link below leads to an excerpt from the "Procedural Guidelines for the Modification of Parishes and the Closure, Relegation and Alienation of Churches" that was published by the Holy See at the Vatican on April 30, 2013. This section of the guidelines focuses on the closing of churches. These guidelines establish that a church is not just "bricks & mortar", but that it has been dedicated as a sacred edifice and designated perpetually for divine worship even if it is only occasionally used.

To read the specific excerpt, click here.

To read the complete guidelines, click here.