Harrison County

St. Paul in Pass Christian to be torn down, diocese says

Rev. Dennis Carver, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Pass Christian today announced plans to demolish the former St. Paul church structure situated along the beach in Pass Christian, the Diocese of Biloxi said in a press release.

In a May 24, 2010, letter to Church officials, Pass Christian Mayor Leo “Chipper” McDermott expressed concerns about the vacant structure and asked that future intentions for the building and the site be outlined: "I'm writing again about the St. Paul's Church and property. With every property being refurbished or demolished along the Highway 90 Scenic Drive Route, this property is a sad testament to both the Coast and the Catholic Diocese itself .. I will continue to write until I get a response..." Carver noted that refurbishing the existing A-frame steel structure was not considered an option due to structural problems discovered by engineers who inspected the building, leaving demolition as the remaining and most reasonable course of action.

The former St. Paul church has been the subject of both a lawsuit filed by over one hundred individuals claiming rights to the church property against Church officials, as well as appeals to the Vatican.

Read more about this story in Wednesday's Sun Herald.