US archdiocese takes parishioners of closed church to court
DEDHAM, Massachusetts (AP) — The Archdiocese of Boston has taken some parishioners to court in an effort to put an end to their 10-year vigil at a closed Roman Catholic church.
A Superior Court judge heard arguments Friday. It’s unclear when a ruling will be issued regarding the church in Scituate.
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church was among dozens closed in a 2004 restructuring to address the scandal-plagued archdiocese’s debt. A group of parishioners has been holding a nonstop vigil inside the church ever since.
The archdiocese gave the group a March 9 deadline to leave the church, but parishioners stayed. The archdiocese is seeking a court order compelling the parishioners to leave.
The parishioners’ lawyer says they’ll fight the archdiocese in court.
Archdiocese spokesman Terrence Donilon has declined to comment on Friday’s hearing.