Bishop Richard G. Lennon of the Cleveland diocese has announced he will not appeal the Congregation for the Clergy's ruling in favor of 12 parishioner groups who appealed to the Vatican to keep their churches open and parishes intact.
"During these Easter days, I often think of Jesus’ first words as he appeared to the apostles after rising from the dead: Peace be with you. I now say, it’s time for peace and unity in the diocese of Cleveland," said Lennon at a press conference this morning.
"I will not appeal the decrees to the Apostolic Signatura. Doing so would prolong the process for a number of years and would create more uncertainty and continue to divide our Catholic community. Therefore, I will move forward and carry out the Congregation for the Clergy’s directives regarding the parishes in an orderly manner," he said.