Ouch. Whatever the merits of the actual decision, the Archdiocese of Boston’s announcement that it is moving the Tribunal to Our Lady of the Presentation School when the parish closes in June is bad PR. The school’s families had offered a bid to buy the school and operate it independently, but that was rejected by the archdiocese. Was the school going to be viable, even independent of the archdiocese? Would it make sense to have the building owned by a non-archdiocesan group? I don’t have answers, but the questions weren’t asked by the reporter at all. In any case, the archdiocese will be savaged in the media, especially once we have pictures of crying kids evicted from their school to put on the front page.
The Tribunal, by the way, needs new offices because their current offices, along with a big hunk of chancery property, are being sold to Boston College next year.