Dec 12

An appeal to all our friends in the community and in the Diocese of Buffalo

We thank all of you for your concerns and for your support over many years. While the Diocese of Buffalo has succeeded in getting our original favorable judgment overturned at the Vatican Apostolic Signatura, we remain committed to attempting to prevent the cultural destruction that would occur if the interior of St. Ann Church were broken up and stripped out. The Diocesan press release announced their specific intention to strip out the interior.

The diocesan proposal to remove and preserve interior elements elsewhere seems to us to come from the same school of thought that has left us only a piece of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Larkin Office Building: “Let’s intentionally destroy the Statue of Liberty and put up an exhibit of one of its I-beams elsewhere.”

As a community, we are facing that sort of choice at St. Ann Church. Are we willing to work together as a community to come up with a more creative and less historically and culturally destructive plan?

Please consider what we have and what we stand to lose:

Do we want this?

Or this?

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