Thank you for the enlightening article by The Associated Press in your Dec. 2 edition, urging the pope to use charity, in lieu of increased profit, when Catholic churches are sold.

In a long overdue move, the church hierarchy is finally developing guidelines to ensure that failed churches being sold retain their cultural heritage and serve the good of the community, not commerce. After all, the cost for most churches that had to be rebuilt because of fire or deterioration by age was borne entirely by Catholic lay people in the form of donations. What right does the Church have to repossess these churches, thereby rewarding the Church hierarchy for something they did not pay for to begin with, then selling them at a huge profit to real estate developers for the sale of condominiums? All this is tantamount to unjust enrichment of the Church at the expense of the people, who built the churches.

Hopefully, to right this injustice, the Catholic Church will immediately put into place a lasting policy of either giving these failed churches to another Christian faith, or allow them to be re-used for a cultural or societal purpose, such as a museum, food bank, or charity center. This move would eliminate the unearned profits the Church has been reaping for years at our expense.

Frederick V. Long

Provincetown