The Diocese of Buffalo will appeal a Vatican decree that upheld parishioners who are trying to save historic St. Ann Church on Buffalo’s East Side, Bishop Richard J. Malone said Tuesday.
The decree, issued Jan. 7, forbids the use of the 128-year-old Gothic Revival church at Broadway and Emslie Street for non-religious purposes and forbids any potential developer from converting it to other uses.
The church was closed in April 2012 because of its deteriorating condition. After repair costs were estimated at $8 million to $12 million, the diocese announced last August that it would be torn down. St. Ann Parish was merged with SS. Columba-Brigid in 2007.
In a statement Tuesday, the diocese said Bishop Malone is reviewing the decree and will appeal to the Apostolic Signatura, the Catholic Church’s highest judicial authority. The statement also noted that “it will also be up to the bishop to decide what will happen with the use of St. Ann Church in the interim.”