Massachusetts diocese sues participants in vigil at closed parish
October 10, 2011
The Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts, has filed a lawsuit against the participants in a vigil at a parish that has been officially closed.
Diocesan officials explained that they were taking legal action to have the demonstrators removed from the building, so that renovations could be done to address serious structural problems. "Not only is their presence without permission or authorization, it also prevents the very necessary work of addressing the safety of the steeple," said a spokesman.
Organizers of the vigil deny that the building's structural problems require urgent attention. They have appealed to the Vatican to keep the church open.
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