Tuesday, August 31, 2004
The priesthood of all believers.
Bella English has been following the closing of St Albert the Great in Weymouth, Massachusetts, for the Boston Globe. St Albert, a thriving Catholic parish led by an outspoken priest, is among the 82 parishes the Archdiocese of Boston is closing this year. St Albert's last Mass was Sunday night. English reports that the parishioners learned one of the more valuable lessons of the Protestant Reformation — and the Second Vatican Council — the hard way:
At the last Masses, a member of the parish council read a statement thanking [the Rev. Ron] Coyne for creating a family feeling in the parish and for teaching them to ask questions. "We will no longer blindly follow the mandates set down by the institution," the statement said. "We now understand that we are the church and we are followers of Christ and not the Archdiocese of Boston."
Unresolved: How many parishioners will become Episcopalians? And will Father Coyne ever be given a parish again?
("Weymouth parishioners stage sit-in to protest closing," Bella English, Boston Globe 8.31.04)
Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 31 August 2004 at 5:18 PM