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A simple solution to unauthorized parish vigils

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Nov 16, 2011

In the Archdiocese of Boston, plans to close and sell parish churches have been stymied by disgruntled parishioners who have been holding vigil at several churches. This week one such vigil came to an end.

Even after the archdiocese sold St. Jeremiah church in Framingham to a local community of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, the vigils continued. But the former parishioners who had been occupying the building finally left this week, for two reasons. First, the Vatican turned down their appeal against the sale of the building. Second, as the Boston Herald reports :

Early this month, the Syro-Malobar changed the locks at St. Jeremiah.

So after 7 years of unauthorized occupations—7 years in which the expenses rolled up, and the projected sales were thwarted, and the cash-strapped archdiocese sunk deeper in red ink—someone finally hit on a solution.

They changed the locks.

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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Nov. 21, 2011 7:41 PM ET USA

    The churches are being closed because of lack of funds and clergy. Who will pay the utilities in parishes with dwindling congregation to shoulder the bills. Isn't flight to the suburbs the reason?

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Nov. 19, 2011 11:40 AM ET USA

    Perhaps it would have been better to have spent the past 7 years in evangilization and filling the church, rather than closing and locking parishioners out of it.

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Nov. 18, 2011 9:01 AM ET USA

    This archdiocese makes the Keystone Cops look like a SWAT team.

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