Pass parishioners still fighting to save sanctuary

By David Elliott - bio | email

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Parishioners of St. Paul Catholic Church in downtown Pass Christian are appealing to the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi to change its decision to build a new church north of St. Paul's historic location.

After the church was damaged by Hurricane Katrina, the Diocese announced it would rebuild St. Paul in the Pineville community.

"It is a part of the Pass, as well as part of the lives of so many people," said Dr. Frank Schmidt from the group Save St. Paul's, Inc.

The group took out a half page ad in Monday's newspaper asking the diocese to revisit the issue.

The Diocese told WLOX News there is no expectation that there will be a reversal of decisions already made.

Save St. Paul's, Inc. thought the time would be right for a change of heart with the installation of Bishop Roger Morin as the new leader of the Diocese.

"He comes from New Orleans and has faced many of the same kind of problems," Schmidt said.

Meanwhile, the State Supreme Court is considering an appeal from a court ruling against Save St. Paul's, Inc. that challenged the Diocese's authority to sell the property.

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