According to a news report by writer Mark Arsenault at the MetroDesk of boston.com, the Archdiocese of Boston through decrees made by Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley is moving to sell six shuttered churches. The decrees made according to canon law remove the sacred standing of the church buildings making them eligible to be sold for non-religious secular use.
For years, the fate of the closed churches has been the source of a dispute between local Catholic faithful and their archdiocese. Angry Catholics have fought the closings, taking their case to the highest authorities at the Vatican. The Vatican appeals were rejected last year.
O’Malley, who had promised not to sell the buildings until the appeals to Rome were exhausted, is now asking vigil protesters to accept that it is finally time to move on.
“He would ask the faithful to respect his decision, and in areas where there are vigils that there would be a peaceful conclusion,” said the Very Rev. Arthur M. Coyle, the cardinal’s liaison on the long process to prepare the churches for sale.
Included in the “shuttered six” is the Church of St. Jeanne D’Arc in Lowell. Parish supporters and activists have brought thier protests to the highest levels in the Vatican – to no avail. Whether the Council of Parishes will again appeal hasn’t been decided.
Read the full article here at boston.com.
We will continue to follow developments in the ongoing quest to reopen these churches.
Check here for the press release from Cardinal O’Malley and the Archdiocese.