The Commonwealth Court held a hearing yesterday regarding the “Faithful Laurentians” pending appeal before it. The Court scheduled the hearing because the founder of the “Faithful Laurentians” Venise Whitaker told the Court in a letter that she no longer supported the appeal and was unsure if the group even exists. She asked the Court to remove her as an appellant by letter in June and has told the Court that she is no longer a part of the “Faithful Laurentians.”
We are unsure who the “Faithful Laurentians” are or what their plans are other than to try to ensure the demolition of St. Laurentius Church building, as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has wanted to do for five years. We are also unsure who the “Faithful Laurentians” are, as we and many others in the community have asked them to hold a public meeting to discuss their promised plans for a cultural center, wedding venue or whatever their next quixotic plan for the church building is now.
The Commonwealth Court has ordered a hearing for August 9, 2018 in Harrisburg at which the “Faithful Laurentians” will have to demonstrate to the Court the reasons why their frivolous appeal of a case for which they were found not to have standing in the first place should not be dismissed. Instead of just abandoning this appeal and allowing the church to be preserved by the only development put forth to save the building, this “group,” which appears to be comprised solely of lone appellant Caroyln Devine, continues this litigation which serves to further endanger the structural integrity of the building and enrich the lawyers who bill our parish to fight their nonsensical court case. They profess to care about the beauty, history, and honoring previous generations. Their stubborn, petty and, thus far legally deficient, appeal demonstrates the exact opposite The colossal waste that they have caused of our parish and school funds spent in dealing with their crackpot scheme from day one is something that we will never be able to recover. The money that could have been spent to improve the parish and school is gone. When they eventually lose their case, this “group” will say they fought to the end, but in reality “they” didn’t. They just acted out of spite for personal reasons and have never once acted in the best interests of the church and parish community of St. Laurentius.
Below is a link to the docket where you can see the course of the appeal and where it stands. We ask that if you have any contact with anyone who is a member of this “group” to please ask them to end this litigation and allow St. Laurentius Church to be preserved for generations to come.