Down to the Wire: Just $9,518 left to match to win our Challenge Grant. Your gift will still be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope declines appeal on closed parishes in Boston

Catholic World News - January 05, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has declined an appeal from a group of Boston Catholics seeking to stop the closing of their parishes.

In a December 15 letter to Peter Borre, the chairman of the Council of Parishes, Archbishop Fernando Filoni (the Vatican's undersecretary of state) said that the Pontiff had read the parishioners' appeal but would not take action. The group had written to the Pope after having exhausted all canonical appeals.

Protesters continue to hold vigils at several of the Boston parishes that were closed in 2004, refusing to leave the buildings and in some cases organizing their own prayer services. The Boston archdiocese-- which is spending about $1.5 million annually in maintenance on the closed parishes-- has pleaded with the protesters to end the vigils, allow the orderly sale of the parish properties, and join other nearby parishes.

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 seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($62,863 to go):
$150,000.00 $87,137.12
42% 58%
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: dover beachcomber - Jan. 12, 2011 3:42 PM ET USA

    But for once, I'd like to see a bishop ignore his diocesan bean-counters and say, "These parish churches aren't relics of an unrecoverable past, but bridgeheads for a Catholic revival, mission stations for the New Evangelization." And then inspire donors with this vision.

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Jan. 05, 2011 10:09 PM ET USA

    These "vigilantes" hopefully will now go home and get a life. Yes, it's sad that the Cardinal had to choose their parish to close, but he has every right under canon law to do so, and this has been upheld all the way up the chain of command.

  • Posted by: jflare293129 - Jan. 05, 2011 9:24 PM ET USA

    I hate saying this, but has the archdiocese considering requesting police aid in removing people on grounds of trespassing? If they don't own the buildings and don't thereby have the right to be there.... Or does someone think that the law only applies when it can be used to bully or harass the Church?

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Art and theology, beauty and truth, work together in the New Evangelization November 21
Anatomy of Conversion November 21
Anatomy of Conversion November 21
It is a failure of mercy to deny sin November 20
Yesterday's news, tomorrow November 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days