Diocesan Decree Regarding Newman Center Facility
DECREE Relegating St. Paul’s Newman Center, Fargo, North Dakota to Profane But Not Sordid Use In Nomine Domini. Amen.
Whereas St. Paul’s Newman Center in Fargo, North Dakota is a church subject to the Bishop of Fargo;
Whereas sacred places lose their dedication or blessing if they have been turned over permanently to profane use by the decree of the competent ordinary (cf. c. 1212);
Whereas the competent superior can relegate a church to profane but not sordid use provided that he has heard the presbyteral council, received the consent of those who legitimately claim rights for themselves in the church, and provided that the good of souls suffers no detriment thereby (cf. c. 1222 §2);
Whereas grave causes suggest that this church no longer be used for divine worship, namely,
That the edifice is in ill-repair; That the edifice is not of sufficient size and quality; and, That the costs and inconveniences of a substantial remodel are prohibitive;
Whereas I have provided the presbyteral council sufficient information to judge the appropriateness and legitimacy of the relegation of this church to profane but not sordid use;
Whereas consultation regarding this matter occurred with the presbyteral council on May 16, 2019, according to the norms of canons 127 and 166;
Whereas I have heard the pastor and people of the parish territory through opportunities for public comment;
Whereas I have received the consent of those whose rights might be legitimately harmed, namely, the local pastor, Rev. James Cheney;
Whereas I have ensured that the altar, sacred objects, and religious artifacts will be safeguarded;
Whereas I have made appropriate provision to assure that good of souls will not suffer any detriment as a result of this relegation, namely, that a temporary chapel has been designated, and a new edifice will be built;
Therefore, the requirements of law having been fulfilled (cf. c. 1222 §2) I hereby relegate the Church of St. Paul’s Newman Center in Fargo, North Dakota, located at 1141 North University Drive, to profane but not sordid use. It thus loses its blessing, dedication and consecration. It may no longer be used for divine worship.
This decree is to be published by means of the St. Paul’s Newman Center parish bulletin. It may be challenged within the peremptory time limit of ten days from the legitimate notification of the decree and in accordance with the norm of law (cf. c. 1734).
†Most Rev. John T. Folda Bishop of Fargo
Given this 21st day of May, 2019 At the Pastoral Center of the Diocese of Fargo
Very Rev. Andrew Jasinski Chancellor
Original Document here: 2019 05-21 Decree text Newman Center profane state.pdf