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Parishioners Seek To Block Sale Of South End Church

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There's an attempt to block the sale of a Catholic Church in the South End. A group of Boston parishioners has asked Rome to step in and prevent the sale.

Parishioners from Holy Trinity Church filed an emergency request with the Vatican to order the Archdiocese of Boston to stop listing the church for sale. The soaring stone church was built in 1877 and is listed with Sotheby's International Realty for $2.3 million.

Peter Borre, of the Council of Parishes, says the Archdiocese has not deconsecrated the church, so it shouldn't be sold.

"This equivalent of a temporary restraining order was hand-delivered [Monday] to a senior official in the congregation and we expect a decision in a week to 10 days.

"And if we are successful then basically under canon law the cardinal archbishop of Boston would be prohibited from selling this church until he's gone through the entire canon procedure of deconsecrating it."

The Archdiocese has not returned calls for comment.

This program aired on March 15, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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