Appeals Filed In Opposition To Church Sales

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The Catholic Archdiocese of Boston plans to sell eight more churches in Massachusetts after it has already closed and sold more than 70 churches, due to the financial problems brought on by the clergy sexual abuse crisis.

Parishioners at five of the churches have staged round-the-clock vigils to try to keep the doors open, and two may succeed. But, according to the Rev. Arthur Coyle, it's time to put the rest up for sale.

"It's very sad, there's no doubt about it. The loss of the parish and the loss of the church has been their spiritual home. The loss is very deep," Coyle said.

Peter Borre, co-chair of the lay group The Council of Parishes, joined Morning Edition Friday to explain more about the fate of these churches.


This program aired on July 15, 2011.

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