Keeping vigil

Jan 10, 2009 Read more: Berkshire Eagle
At St. Frances Xavier Cambrini Church in Scituate, parishioners are now into their fifth year of a vigil begun when the church was closed by the Archdiocese of Boston in 2004. Read more
Robert Kelly

Glens Falls, NY

#1 Jan 11, 2009
I agree with the bottom line of this editorial. However, if the Bishop would look at this confrontation as an opportunity, the gap need not remain so large. Springfield usually takes the tack of making a decision by not making a decision. They have been befuddled by the protests. Maybe they will realize that nonviolent direct action can be a very powerful - and a very Christian - response, and that it could be appropriate in this case.

True, Springfield did not shuffle priests as shamefully as Boston. However, Bishop Dupre had a different plan. He set up a re-entry system whereby troubled clerics were sent for treatment and then given other duties. This is how the chancery secretarial pool wound up with the likes of Wamsher, Meehan, Kennedy, all of whom were credibly accused of abuse.

This legacy of denial has been continued by Bishop McDonnell, though in a different style. For example he has recently lowballed the latest round of settlement victims. Nevertheless, like anyone else, he can change his outlook and who knows? Perhaps the vigil will be a turning point.

Gloversville, NY

#2 Jan 11, 2009
Editorial wrote:
The failure of the diocese to produce a satisfactory explanation for closing St. Stanislaus, a financially solvent church with a loyal following, led to suspicions that there were ulterior motives, such as the preservation of the rectory at Notre Dame or the belief that the impressive St. Stan's building will, when the economy improves, bring a nice sale price. In choosing to scold or belittle unhappy parishioners, diocesan leaders managed to inflame suspicions.
Exactly (almost). The Notre Dame rectory mentioned above is ACTUALLY THE ST. THOMAS RECTORY, which begs the question, why is this mansion not being sold along with the rest of the St. Thomas property?

The following three questions have not been answered by the Diocese. It is the intentional avoidance of addressing these three questions that clearly points to ulterior motives in play with their illogical decision.

1) Why is Father Boyle not moving into the Notre Dame rectory, since that is the only church that will remain?

2) Why is the St. Thomas rectory not being sold with the rest of the St. Thomas property?

3) Why was Notre Dame chosen to stay open over St. Stan's when the projected LOSS for Notre Dame next year will be ($101,272), while the projected SURPLUS at St. Stan's for next year will be $2,888. These projections are for a consolidated parish using only one church.

Sandisfield, MA

#3 Jan 12, 2009
Does anyone know the cost of maintaining the "mansion on the Hill"? It seems that it would be rather expensive; maybe a cost comparison of the mansion and the Notre Dame rectory should be done.
The Schism

Williamstown, MA

#4 Jan 13, 2009
The Boil Mansion and The Mercedes of Fire
pulled by devout idiots

St Boil shall get you and your little dog too
Keeping Tabs

Manchester, NH

#5 Jan 14, 2009
I found these two letters (in particular) truly summarize the arguments for keeping St. Stan's open. ... ....

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