Vermont Catholic church seeks demolition of former cathedral

Published: Dec. 22, 2021 at 9:26 AM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington is seeking permission to demolish a closed cathedral in the downtown of Vermont’s largest city.

Burlington Zoning Division Manager Scott Gustin says the church applied for a permit last week to demolish the Immaculate Conception Church on Pine Street. It will be several months before a decision is made on whether to grant the permit. In an October letter to the city, Monsignor Peter Routhier says the deconsecration of the site will help members cope with the loss of the parish. Three years ago, the diocese said dwindling membership and finances forced the closure of the cathedral in the heart of downtown Burlington.

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