Occupying parishioners ask Supreme Court to hear their case
Mar. 04, 2016
SCITUATE, Mass. (AP) — Parishioners who have occupied a church closed by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston more than a decade ago have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their appeal.
The Friends of St. Frances X. Cabrini Inc. filed a petition this week asking the high court to reverse a ruling by the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
That ruling upheld a decision by a judge to evict the parishioners in a civil trespass case brought by the archdiocese.
The parishioners have occupied the Scituate (SIH'-choo-iht) church since the archdiocese closed it in 2004 as part of a broad restructuring.
The archdiocese has agreed to allow the parishioners to stay until the Supreme Court decides to consider the case. The parishioners have agreed to leave within 14 days if the court declines.