As I expected, the VOTF clones are taking advantage of the arrests at the Boston-area parish over the weekend.
Catholics outraged by the treatment of parishioners attending a South Natick church’s final Mass are considering staging sit-ins at other parishes the Boston archdiocese intends to close.
And this is different from the current state of things how? The Council of Parishes says the archdiocese “has shown its true colors in calling in the police, and we will act accordingly.” These people just don’t get it. They don’t speak for me or for anyone else but themselves. They think they’re representing the Catholics of Boston, but they’re not. They don’t even represent the majority of people at parishes being closed, since the vast majority are accepting the closings with regret, but obedience.
Besides, Peter Borre is getting his facts wrong.
Ann Carter, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese, said the church’s pastor, the Rev. Joseph Slyva - not the archdiocese - asked police to “escort” Anne Green and Leo Ryan out of their church, which officially closed Sunday. At the archdiocese’s request, Middlesex prosecutors dropped trespassing charges against the two.
The archdiocese hasn’t escalated the “battle” with the protesters, but such mundane facts just get in the way of the overblown rhetoric of the CoP. And the rest of the story is just silly, too.
But Slyva has come under fire because of the arrests and a confrontation that left a 14-year-old boy in tears the same evening. Brendan Melchiorri was on his way into Sacred Heart after collecting signatures to add to a letter he had written requesting that O’Malley keep the church open, when Slyva stopped him in the vestibule, screamed at him and ripped the letter from his hand, according to witnesses.ersy.