February 01, 2006

New pastor will leave embattled Newton parish

Boston Globe

NEWTON -- The former spokesman for Cardinal Bernard F. Law said last night that he is quitting as pastor of a Newton parish after four months during which numerous parishioners, angry over the ouster of their previous pastor, withheld contributions or stopped attending Mass.

''There's a lot of good people at Our Lady's, and I will miss them very much," the Rev. Christopher J. Coyne said in an interview at Our Lady Help of Christians last night, after he had informed members of the parish council of his decision. ''Unfortunately, there was a small minority that made it difficult for me to continue here, so I asked the archbishop for a transfer, and he accepted."

Coyne declined to elaborate, saying the development was too raw for him to discuss details. ...

Cuenin, a leader of a group of priests who had called for Law's resignation in 2002, was extraordinarily popular in the parish but was viewed warily by some at the chancery because of his criticism of archdiocesan leadership and his liberal views on issues such as gay rights.

Posted by kshaw at February 1, 2006 08:27 AM