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Boston archdiocese awaits Vatican court decision on parish closing appeals

Catholic World News - May 07, 2010

The Boston archdiocese is expecting a decision from the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican's top appeals court, on a bid to stop the closing of 10 parishes. Parishioners have been holding vigils at the 10 contested parishes for 5 years, fighting the decision by Cardinal Sean O'Malley to close them. The archdiocese hopes that a ruling from the canonical court will settle the issue, allowing for the orderly sale of parish properties. But leaders of the vigils insist that they will continue their effort regardless of the Vatican court decision.

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  • Posted by: DrJazz - May. 09, 2010 7:27 PM ET USA

    Cardinal O'Malley should be charitable: Deed each property to its parishioners, on the condition that they remove any reference to the name "Catholic" from the grounds and any activities conducted there, then excommunicate them all.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - May. 08, 2010 8:10 PM ET USA

    extreme, they may have forgotten what loyalty to the Church means.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - May. 08, 2010 11:05 AM ET USA

    "But leaders of the vigils insist that they will continue their effort regardless of the Vatican court decision." Doesn't that mean that the appeal to the Signatura was made in bad faith by the parishioners?

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