Bishop Richard Lennon announced at a Tuesday morning news conference that the Diocese will reopen a dozen closed churches.

The move comes after an analysis of Vatican decrees which determined that the bishop failed to follow church law in the closings.

Bishop Lennon had the option to reopen the churches or further appeal. He says the decision to reopen the churches was made to prevent prolonging the process further. A further appeal could have taken yearsm he says.

He also clarified that the number of churches impacted by the Vatican decrees from the Congregation of Clergy numbered 12 and not 13 as previously reported in the media.

The impacted churches are:

  • St. Mary (Akron)
  • St. John the Baptist (Akron)
  • St. Mary (Bedford)
  • St. Adalbert (Cleveland)
  • St. Barbara (Cleveland)
  • St. Casimir (Cleveland)
  • St. Emeric (Cleveland)
  • St. Patrick (Cleveland)
  • St. Peter (Cleveland)
  • St. Wendelin (Cleveland)
  • St. James (Lakewood)

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