The Vatican’s Apostolic Signatura, the highest court of the Roman Catholic Church, has rejected the final appeal by the Squantum-based Friends of Star of the Sea to reopen their church.
Archdiocesan spokesman Terrence Donilon is quoted as saying, “The property can now be marketed for potential sale.” He said the Archdiocese has informed Quincy officials, as well as Friends of Star of the Sea, of the plans to sell the church property.
Nine years ago, the Archdiocese put Star Of the Sea on the list for “suppression”. Since then, the Friends have repeatedly appealed the decision.
In September of 2011, Bishop John Dooher announced that the church property was being “relegated to profane use,” meaning it could no longer be used for worship.
Donilon encouraged former Star Of The Sea parishioners to become members of Sacred Heart parish in North Quincy.