Category: Churches

Occupancy if not ownership: Part 2, A place is only a place

7 July, 2014 (13:48) | Archdiocese of Boston, Churches, Development, Occupancy, Ownership, Property rights, Scituate, Speculation, Theory, US News | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By:David A. Smith Yesterday’s post on the deconsecrated Boston-area churches, using two recent stories in the Boston Globe (June 22, 2014; blue font) and the Boston Herald (June 22, 2014), highlighted that after a ten-year canonical appeals process, the Vatican denied the petitioners’ request for the archdiocese of Boston to […]

Occupancy if not ownership: Part 1, Parting from friends is a sadness

3 July, 2014 (10:01) | Archdiocese of Boston, Churches, Development, Occupancy, Ownership, Property rights, Scituate, Speculation, Theory, US News | No comments

By:David A. Smith  Emotionally if not legally, possession is nine-tenths of the law, and in real estate, occupancy is nine-tenths of possession, emotionally if not legally or contractually. Ownership is a legal condition and it is also a state of mind: the longer we are able to occupy a place, regularly even if not continuously, […]

Nearer my God to thee

26 December, 2013 (09:00) | Building Codes, Churches, Configuration, Housing, Informality, Local issues, Structural risks, Trees, Wood | 2 comments

By:David A. Smith   Something about houses speaks to primal instincts within people, especially men, for many of the great obsessive builders have been men, to which list we must add the otherwise personable and rational Horace Burgess of Crossville, Tennessee, whose quest for the heavens, one plank at a time, as reported in the […]

Cannot we consecrate? Part 2, “I expect we will sell it”

8 March, 2013 (09:00) | Affordability, Cabrini-Green, Canon law, Chicago, Churches, Housing, Land value, Law, Ownership, Public housing, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By:David A. Smith   Yesterday, using half a dozen articles anchored by this report in the Boston Globe (October 20, 2012) (blue font), I followed the eight-year vigil of continuous trespassing occupancy by parishioners of St. Frances X. Cabrini Church in Scituate, which by now has become a set of […]

Cannot we consecrate? Part 1, “We are not their ATM”

7 March, 2013 (09:30) | Affordability, Cabrini-Green, Canon law, Chicago, Churches, Housing, Land value, Law, Ownership, Public housing, Zoning |

 By:David A. Smith   As I was researching and writing my multi-part piece on the redevelopment of churches into housing, I came across the remarkable story of St. Frances Cabrini in Scituate, a former church that ought to be redeveloped, and is not being redeveloped because of the stubbornness – they would say faith – […]