Small group with big mission hopes to save the 'Rome of the West' in St. Louis
The altar of St. Francis de Sales, a south St. Louis parish that closed in 2005, then later reopened as an oratory run by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. - Roland Klose/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS

ST. LOUIS — A group called "Save Rome of the West" has formed in response to the expectation of a historic restructuring of the regional network of Roman Catholic churches. Though small, it signals the kinds of difficult discussions that lie ahead. "Our goal is to keep sacred spaces from being turned profane," said Jason Bolte, 50, leader of the group. "We will be doing what we can, canonically speaking, to block the sale of any church that comes down the pike." St. Louis Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski recently announced the planning stage for what will lay out the "most sweeping" changes in the...