Friday, July 29, 2011
ICC Creche MIA in Wellsville
On Tuesday, July 19, some members, or employees, of St. Aloysius Catholic Parish in East Liverpool were seen carrying several boxes out of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. At the time it was uncertain what they were taking. The incident was reported with pictures on the front page, above the fold, in the July 20 issue of the Morning Journal.
The Committee to Save the Immaculate Conception Church were of the belief that everything was to be put on hold with the appeal they filed with the Congregation of Clergy. They appealed the closing of the parish. That included keeping the contents of the church in the building itself. Since the church is under lock and key they have been told it was considered to be a secure building.
The Congregation of Clergy is located in the Vatican in Rome, Italy. They have the power to reverse the Bishop's unwavering decision to close the Wellville place of worship. An appeal was filed before the Bishop's Decree of Merger was issued which was dated July 2. Allegedly a second appeal was filed after the decree was issued. The Wellsville Committee believes that under the Church's Canon Law that everything should be put on hold until a decision is rendered on those appeals.
With questionable and conflicting tactics and answers on how things were being done by Diocesan officials, some members of the Wellsville Committee have been keeping a watchful eye on the Immaculate Conception. That is how the East Liverpool group was seen sneaking things out of the church.
Immaculate Conception parishioner Dolly Brophey believes she has figured out what they were taking that day. Following last Saturday's Mass she checked on the Nativity set that has been Immaculate Conception property since the early 1960s. They were not there. For nearly 50 years they have been stored in the church's sacristy.
Pictured above, the creche is believed to have been hand crafted or at least hand painted. They were imported from Italy and according to Mrs. Brophey there were only two like it in the whole world. At the time they were purchased they were insured for $8,000. Mrs. Brophey said Pastor Gerald Curran raised the money for the Nativity set by getting pledges of $100 each from several Immaculate Conception parishioners. It is unknown what they would be valued at today. The picture was sent to us by a friend.
We were taught by the nuns to forgive and forget. Sometimes it is extremely difficult to turn the other cheek....
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