Rebuke for Boston priest

Rebuke for Boston priest

The Archdiocese of Boston has told whiny priests to pipe down. (Unfortunately, it’s not the kind of rebuke against certain priests I’ve been waiting for.) The pastors of some parishes whose names were added to the list of potential closings last week have been complaining that the late addition was unfair. One pastor, Fr. John Kelly of St. James in Stoughton (not James Kelly, as the article says), said in his homily on Sunday that the parish had been “betrayed” by the archdiocese. He said they didn’t have the opportunity to present their case. Well, of course they presented their case in the cluster meetings. But when the cluster doesn’t do its job and make good recommendations, then the diocese has to step in. In addition, no one ever said that the cluster recommendations would be the sole criteria. It’s always been understood, at least by most, that the archbishop would have the final say.

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Domenico Bettinelli

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