VOTF and Council of Parishes go to work in New York

VOTF and Council of Parishes go to work in New York

Even the Boston Globe is starting to call Voice of the Faithful and the Council of Parishes “dissident Catholics” now.

“Local Catholics align with others to keep churches open”

Dissident Catholics in the Archdiocese of Boston have joined parishioners in New York in the struggle to keep open some of the 21 churches slated to be closed there and are working with groups in Ohio and Arizona to encourage resistance to parish closings nationwide.

The Council of Parishes and Voice of the Faithful, two Boston-based organizations critical of the Catholic hierarchy, are providing information and advice to some of the parishes scheduled to close by March 1 in the Archdiocese of New York.

It looks like Cardinal Edward Egan isn’t going to mess around with so-called vigils and sit-ins either.

“We called Peter to help us in this because he has experience,” said Carmen M. Villegas, one of six women arrested Monday night at Our Lady Queen of the Angels in East Harlem, where police and private security guards terminated attempts by about 40 parishioners to start a Boston-style occupation.

[...] A vigil at another New York church, Our Lady of the Rosary in Yonkers, was broken up Sunday. Two people were arrested there.

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Domenico Bettinelli