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consecrated ground and all that

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 07, 2006

A lawn sale can often raise some quick cash when needed. Not all unused items look equally good on display in the front yard, though. From the Globe:

The remains of dozens of bodies found in an abandoned, century-old Roman Catholic cemetery in Roxbury are being disinterred by the Archdiocese of Boston and moved to a Waltham cemetery, a church official said last night.

The skeletons -- the official did not have a precise number -- were found on 18,000 square feet of property that had been paved over for a parking lot after the former St. Joseph Church was demolished several years ago, said Terrence C. Donilon, an archdiocese spokesman.

"Certainly, we're taking great care to handle the remains with dignity," Donilon said.

The archdiocese discovered records about the remains during the past year as it completed the sale of a larger parcel that included the former graveyard.

The archdiocese sold 68,000 square feet of land in June for $3 million to the City on a Hill Foundation, which plans to open a charter school.

It's nice to know it's being done with dignity.

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  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jul. 09, 2006 1:20 AM ET USA

    Interesting. What prayers are most pleasing to God according to Aquinas? Prayers for the dead. Any mention of prayers for the dead in this article? Nope. Please pray for these souls.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 08, 2006 11:32 PM ET USA

    Thank goodness for the lay faithful who pay the bills that the statute of limitations has expired. I'm sure one of my sisters or brothers at the bar will find some way to file a class action on behalf of the fourth or fifth generations of descendants, who are probably following said lawyers' advice and checking into a hospital for treatment as I type this. Glad I'm a prosecutor....

  • Posted by: - Jul. 08, 2006 1:22 AM ET USA

    According to the Boston Herald, the achdiocese contracted with a funeral home in the late 1800s to move the bodies to another cemetery, but the funeral home evidently didn't do it. Can't hardly blame the archdiocese, and if anyone's to blame, they're long dead.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jul. 07, 2006 10:37 PM ET USA

    They paved paradise and put up a parkin' lot With a pink hotel, a boutique, and a swingin' hot spot Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you got till it's gone They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jul. 07, 2006 7:17 PM ET USA

    I know these things happen. but, good heavens, how do you loose track of a Church cemetery that's only 100 years old?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 07, 2006 6:53 PM ET USA

    For crying out loud! Weren't there records of the gravesites available at the time the Church property was sold (and even before!)? Certainly one would hope that there was evidence of gravesites (headstones, markers, wooden crosses,... something) at that time and if not, WHY NOT!

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