The Globe’s pet closing parish

The Globe’s pet closing parish

Here is today’s installment of the Boston Globe‘s series on keeping open ultra-liberal parishes slated for closure. This is at least the fourth or fifth article in the Globe about St. Albert’s in Weymouth. Compare that to the zero articles on the closing of, say, Holy Trinity Church in the South End, home to the indult Mass. In fact, almost every single one of the parishes profiled in the Globe have been demonstrably liberal parishes slated for closure.

I bet the St. Albert’s parishioners and the Globe reporter think their little anecdotes about the parish will convince the archbishop to change his mind. I doubt it. That they’re hiring lawyers and raising a legal defense fund shows a lack of obedience to their bishops’ authority. Then we have the descriptions of parish life: Fr. Coyne in his Snoopy vestments (yeah, that’s dignifed and sacred), the one-sided slams against the former pastor, the run-down of parish activities that say absolutely nothing about the faith actually being handed on. The kids think Fr. Coyne is cool. So what? Sponge Bob Squarepants is cool, too, but I don’t want him celebrating Mass or being my pastor.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli