They’ve done it. They’ve actually gone and done it. One of the parishes slated for closure has hired a law firm to fight the archbishop. I think they’ve forgotten Matthew 18:16-18, where Jesus is giving his apostles the power to bind and loose on heaven and earth: “If your brother sins (against you), go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that ‘every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.” [emphasis added]
St. Albert’s church in Weymouth, one of the three loudest complainers headed by one of the three most heterodox priests in the archdiocese, has hired a law firm which is seeking grounds for an injunction and to file a lawsuit. A lawyer has told them that he may have such grounds. What a load of bunk. Parish closings have been challenged in court for years, with at least a half dozen in Pittsburgh in the early 90s alone. In every case, the federal courts have declined to wade into a church-state minefield.