- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) - The fate of a group of Catholic parishioners’ closed church is now in the hands of a Norfolk County Superior Court judge.

The Patriot Ledger reports (https://bit.ly/1RboeSy ) arguments were heard Tuesday in a civil suit filed by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston against the Friends of St. Frances after the parishioners failed to meet a March 9 deadline for leaving the Scituate church.

St. Frances was among dozens of Boston-area churches pegged for closure in 2004 as part of a reconfiguration plan designed to shrink the archdiocese’s growing debt.

Representation for the parishioners say they have had right of entry to the church since they began a continuous vigil on Oct. 26, 2004.

The parishioners say the fight won’t end in Superior Court if the judge rules against them.


Information from: The (Quincy, Mass.) Patriot Ledger, https://www.patriotledger.com

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