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Apostolic Signatura upholds Boston parish closings

Catholic World News - July 21, 2010

The Church’s highest tribunal has upheld a ruling by the Congregation for the Clergy supporting Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s decision to close nine Boston parishes.

“The Archdiocese is in receipt of nine decrees from the Apostolic Signatura regarding appeals of nine closed parishes,” according to an archdiocesan statement. “While our initial review of the decrees appears to confirm that the Apostolic Signatura has affirmed the earlier decision of the Congregation of the Clergy regarding these closed parishes we look forward to a formal review of the translated text.”

“The Archdiocese continues to seek a peaceful and prayerful end to the vigils. We welcome and encourage all who have appealed the parish closings to join us in our efforts to rebuild and heal our local Church.”

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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Jul. 21, 2010 9:41 PM ET USA

    It is hard to imagine closing churches where people want to go to worship our Lord. I pray for the decision that will most please our Lord.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jul. 21, 2010 2:29 PM ET USA

    "...we look forward to a formal review of the translated text.” Great Caesar's ghost! Doesn't anybody in the chancery even read Latin?

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Jul. 21, 2010 12:00 PM ET USA

    If the appellants don't accept the decision, here's what the Archbishop should do: Deed the parish building and grounds to them, and then publicly excommunicate them all.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jul. 21, 2010 9:13 AM ET USA

    I shake the Magic 8-Ball and ask "Will the appellants accept the decision?" and the answer is "Very doubtful."

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