It was with more than passing interest that I read Jacques Kelly's account of the auction at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church. I grew up in Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in nearby Highlandtown and remember well the summer carnivals that Mr. Kelly described. I am sure that the closing of St. Michael's has been a painful experience for its parishoners.
I recently finished reading Jason Berry's "Render unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church, " which discusses the issue of parish closures. My understanding is that the St. Michael's church building is owned by the Redemptorist religious order that administered the parish.
However, I am curious what will happen to the proceeds from the auction of the property's contents. Will they go to the people who supported all those carnivals of past years or to the diocese of an archbishop who has been appointed to a new position in Rome?
George W. Nellies, Towson