March 26, 2005

O'Malley's Easter concessions seen as favoritism

Boston Herald

By Marie Szaniszlo
Saturday, March 26, 2005

The Boston archdiocese yesterday came to a compromise with a closed Quincy parish that had planned to celebrate Easter Mass with a married Catholic priest at a Protestant church.

Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley agreed to send a diocesan priest to celebrate tomorrow's Mass at 11:30 a.m. at Squantum Elementary School for members of Star of the Sea parish.

O'Malley also agreed to allow Easter Mass at St. Albert the Great in Weymouth and St. Anselm's in Sudbury, two of the seven parishes that have maintained round-the-clock vigils months after they were scheduled to close.

In a statement yesterday, a spokeswoman said the archbishop ``recognized there was a pastoral need among these two parish communities whose members strongly desire to celebrate the Easter liturgy together.''

But although the concessions were applauded by parishioners at all three parishes, they were decried by people at some of the 78 other parishes O'Malley has decided to close because of the financial crisis brought on by the clergy sexual-abuse scandal.

Posted by kshaw at March 26, 2005 03:27 AM