[quote=Matrix Refugee]This sounds like the kind of answer a liberal would post. I need an orthodox-traditional answer. There has to be something, since a church has to be consecrated in the first place in order to be a real church, so it would stand to reason that there would be a kind of “reversal”. Just selling the property wouldn’t be enough to “reverse” the consecration, plus, the church furnishings – the statues, the sacred vessals, the hosts in the tabernacle, the altar stone, etc. – would need to be removed with all due reverence.
I’m sorry if I sound angry: I’m just very sensitive about these things.
Insults are not needed but I do forgive you. I will tell you that I am far from liberal in anything so your bearing false witness is something you will have to work out between you and God, but as I said I forgive you.
Now, as to answer your question, I have looked through ALL my rites books, and I cannot find anything, and that includes books that were pre-vatican I and pre-vatican II and post vatican II.
You are trying to use reasoning with faith, but if reason held true then there would be a way for a priest to deconsecrate a host too.
But let’s look at it logically if you insist. Consecration = blessing, deconsecration = removing a blessing, or to put it simpler, a curse. I have never seen any rites ever for a priest to unbless anything at all, every rite is to bring God’s blessing on something.
BUT with that being said, it is possible that such a rite does exist, but I have never run across such a thing in 10 years of studies, nor did I find such in my recent search. I do know that ANYTHING that is blessed or consecrated loses that consecration if it is sold, or if it is no longer recognizable as the original object. So, knowing that, as was said above, remove the altar, tabernacle and crucifix and then sell the property the consecration is null and void.
May God bless and keep you.
Long live the Mass of St. Pius V.