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Catholic Parishioners Challenge Church Closing in Court

Three busloads of parishioners from St. Albert the Great church went to court on Wednesday, to challenge the Catholic Boston Archdiocese’s decision to close the church.
( [email protected] ) Sep 09, 2004 11:35 AM EDT

Three busloads of parishioners from St. Albert the Great church went to court on Wednesday, to challenge the Catholic Boston Archdiocese’s decision to close the church. The 150 church lovers, many of whom have been holding round-the clock prayer vigils and sit ins since last week to prevent the lock-down of the cathedral, said they would not give in easily.

"We're not going down without a fight," declared Barbara King, a parishioner who joined the church 2 1/2 years ago.

St. Albert’s is among some 80 churches that are being closed by the Boston archdiocese as part of one of the largest massive closure in American Catholic history.

Judge Thomas Connolly, who heard the case, gave no indication of when he would rule on the parishioners' request for a temporary injunction to prevent the archdiocese from selling the church’s assets.