The churches, in East Boston, Everett, Lowell, Quincy, Revere, Scituate and Wellesley, have been in limbo for years, since the archdiocese ordered them closed and angry parishioners objected. Four of the parishes are occupied by protesters, the Boston Globe reports.
In response to appeals from parishioners, the Vatican has upheld the archdiocese’s decision to close the parishes. But the parishioners are now asking the Vatican to intervene to prevent the archdiocese from declaring the church buildings no longer sacred.
A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Boston called the local appeals premature, because the status of the buildings has not yet been changed.
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NECN on Holy Trinity German Parish closing- long (NECN/YouTube)