I was interested in one of Fr John's responses to a comment. It underlines the juridical importance of having a Parish Priest, and of the Parish Priest acting to ensure justice for his people and his parish, don't be fobbed off by your Bishop with a priest in charge or in residence.
Can. 532 states that in all juridic affairs the parish priest represents the parish...
The parish in question has not had a parish priest for many years. Why? Has the community of the faithful been denied its right to have its own proper pastor?
If it is the parish priest who represents the parish in all juridic affairs, who can speak for this community of faithful? By having no parish priest, they have no one to act in their name.
Must they therefore act as a body themselves, seeking a remedy for the fact that a parish priest was not appointed, and also appealing against the closure?
This seems to be a complex case and could run and run if the faithful involved are determined. As far as I can see this will have to go to Rome for a conclusion. I wonder if the new prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, Archbishop Burke, would be interested in this case?