Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Boston archdiocese says unauthorized vigil shows parish church used for 'religious purposes'

CWN - September 22, 2011

In an effort to avoid taxes on the property of a parish that has been formally closed, the Boston archdiocese is claiming that the building is still being used “for religious purposes”—by a group that has occupied the church in defiance of orders from the archdiocese.

The town of Scituate, Massachusetts, has assessed a tax bill of $150,000 against the archdiocese, explaining that the usual exemption for Church property only applies if the property is used for religious purposes. To fight the tax bill, the archdiocese has sought testimony from the former parishioners who are holding an unauthorized vigil in the church.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($20,335 to go):
$35,000.00 $14,665.48
58% 42%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 3 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: DrJazz - Sep. 23, 2011 8:55 AM ET USA

    The Archdiocese should stop this nonsense of allowing former parishioners to occupy closed parishes. Once the decision is made to close a parish, escort everybody out; by force if necessary. If the media broadcast it and insinuate how horrible it is that "nice" Christians would be so "mean" as to forcibly remove the poor parishioners who just can't bear the thought of leaving "St. Bob's," kindly inform them that the Archdiocese is sticking by its decision.

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Sep. 23, 2011 7:52 AM ET USA

    Talk about a sleight of hand...the Archdiocese should be ashamed of itself.

  • Posted by: Defender - Sep. 22, 2011 7:15 PM ET USA

    For the love of money....

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline 5 hours ago
The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer April 16
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra April 16
Russia's demographic recovery + US demographic decline = danger April 16
James Carroll strikes (at the Church) again April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days