Other parish closing news

Other parish closing news

The new Boston parish reconfiguration review committee continues to have its effect. In Charlestown, instead of one parish closing and two remaining open, all three parishes will now be merged. One of those parishes, St. Catherine of Siena, has Fr. Bob Bowers as its pastor. Bowers is of the troika that includes Fr. Ron Coyne and Fr. Stephen Josoma who are the most well-known dissenters serving as closed or closing parishes. Thus they have been the most vocal opponents and inciters of parishioners. Before the closing was announced, Fr. Bowers even threatened to leave the priesthood if his parish was slated for closing.

I’m not sure whether this will work to forestall the protests, but my guess is that it will not do so by itself. I don’t expect Fr. Bowers to go quietly into the night nor will the parishioners who so dutifully follow behind.

Also, other parishes are receiving notices that their closings have been delayed. St. James Church in Stoughton was supposed to close on Sunday, but was told it would stay open indefinitely. No reason has been given and it doesn’t look like any protests or sit-ins were planned there. Very odd.

  • WHY doesn’t the Archbishop just shut them down? Believe you me, i get it when we try to be pastoral to hopefully get someone to change their minds.  But this sounds to me like out and out rebellion and disobedience by a few.

    Put ‘em in the corner, i say, give them tickets for trepassing.  The Church hasn’t put them out, they have put themselves out and this is what happens when you put yourself outside the Church.

    (how many bets shall we take that they were already on their way out anyway, theologically speaking?)

  • Hey, some good news out of all this, any how . . . it turns out the Archbishop has appointed a new broom to sweep clean in Charlestown.  All the pastors of the three parishes will be out of a job, since the three churches will be merged and another guy is coming in.  According to my sources, the Archbishop was more than a bit outraged to find out that so much of Charlestown knew what he didn’t about St. Catherine’s rectory being a “pink palace,” home to the lavender mafia.  Immediately after being so informed (my source continues) the new pastor was named.

  • I was wondering about why St. James in Stoughton was closed and Our Lady of the Rosary was going to be left open.  Fr. Kelly the pastor of St. James was being moved to Our Lady of the Rosary.  If you look at the locations of the parishes it would make more sense to close the “airport hanger” next to the Brockton Mall Our Lady of the Rosary and keep open St. James which is sitting on a prime piece of property and has much more potential, especially with the fact that there has been so much housing development in and around St. James.  Maybe it will now be keep Fr. Kelly at St. James and close OLOR.

  • One thing I doubt the Archbishop will do, whether the committee recommends it or not, is to announce any new closings. Mergers maybe, but not closings, and OLOR and St. James are too far apart, I think, to justify a merger. Plus, it wasn’t a notice that St. James wasn’t closing, just that the closing was delayed.

  • I think it will be titled under merger.  That is what they were really doing anyways.  Then locally they would determine what facilities would remain open and knowing Fr. Kelly he would steer the process towards keeping open St. James’ buidling / property.

  • Actually, they don’t let the local parish decide which property to keep open in a merger, at least they haven’t yet. Do you know something I don’t?

    And I still think they’re too far apart for a merger, especially with Immaculate Conception smack dab between them (sort of).

  • Merger schmerger!  The reason that parishes were SUPRESSED rather than merged was so that the archdiocese could confiscate the property of the suppressed parish.  Canonically, if a parish is suppressed, all its assets and temporal goods belong to the Corporation Sole, whereas if parishes merge, the temporal goods belong to the newly-merged parish.  By suppressing parishes and erecting new ones, the archbishop acted to take ownership of any financial assets he could, thereby helping to solve the financial crisis of the archdiocese.

    Remember, it was many of these same parishes that helped CAUSE the financial crisis, by refusing to pay their bills to the revolving loan fund of the RCAB.  The tolerant attitude of the chancery towards the recalcitrant pastors and the continuing outflow of money caused a “crash” of the diocesan economy.  It’s the same thing as with the federal government and Social Security.  By continuing to pay out (for fear of angering constituents) and taking in less and less money over the years (AND, i might add, refusing to risk their income at all and thereby reducing substantially their investment income) the system WILL crash at some point in the near future.  The only question is, “when”?