The Diocese of Manchester said the churches in Ashland and Bristol would close and all congregations would meet in Plymouth.
A month later, Rep. Fran Wendelboe sent a letter of appeal to the Vatican linking the merger to a loss of respect for the state's Roman Catholic leaders because of the priest sex abuse scandal.
The Vatican recently rejected that appeal, but Wendelboe, R-New Hampton, said she isn't giving up.
She hopes to raise $10,000 to take the matter to the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the Roman Catholic Church's highest court.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Vatican Rejects Attempt to Keep NH Churches Open
From the Manchester Union Leader: