October 27, 2005

Cuenin asks supporters to halt efforts

Boston Globe

By Matt Viser, Globe Staff | October 27, 2005

The popular former pastor of a Newton parish, ousted last month over alleged financial improprieties, has appealed to parishioners and other supporters to stop pushing for his reinstatement at Our Lady's Help of Christians.

''It is clear to me that I am not going to be brought back to Our Lady's as pastor," the Rev. Walter H. Cuenin wrote in an e-mail obtained by the Globe. ''For those in the parish to keep pursuing that direction is only, in my opinion, to raise false hopes. It also draws a lot of energy that is needed to keep the parish from falling apart."

Cuenin said he has met with Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley and ''I know that I am not going to come back as pastor."

Posted by kshaw at October 27, 2005 09:41 AM