Suing the archdiocese

Suing the archdiocese

They’ve gone and done it. Parishioners at St. Albert the Great in Weymouth, Mass., have filed suit against the Archdiocese of Boston. (I won’t use the inaccurate language of the AP story: the parish itself is not suing because the parish is an extension of the archbishop himself.)

It’s interesting that the lawsuit appeals to the recent claims of the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, that it doesn’t own the parishes as part of its bankruptcy proceedings. What they’re saying is that you can’t have it both ways. Either the parishes are part of the archdiocese or they are not. Either the archbishop has authority over the parishes or he does not. I think I’d rather stick to the idea that the Church is a unity.

The lawsuit also appeals to a Supreme Judicial Court ruling that the Archbishop of Boston serves as trustee of the archdiocese. I’m not sure what the point of that is supposed to be. And, once again, we are faced with the ultimate question: Even if they convince a courtate>Sun, 29 Aug 2004 09:01:44 -0500

Terrence Berres has some more thoughts on the meeting of heads of religious orders that took place in Dallas.