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Archbishop comments on New Orleans parish evictions

January 12, 2009

A week after police, at the direction of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, evicted laity who had been occupying two closed parishes, dozens gathered outside their former parishes to pray. “A parked police car in front of a church on a Sunday morning? Where are we, in Russia?” asked one parishioner.

“I believe that we tried to do this in a profoundly spiritual way,” Archbishop Hughes said yesterday. “We had made every effort to persuade people voluntarily to leave.”


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