Scituate: Church Protesters Fight Judge’s Eviction Order

Parishioners holding a 24-hour vigil at a closed Roman Catholic Church in Scituate are appealing a Superior Court judge’s order to end their nearly 11-year protest, after the Boston Archdiocese sued to have the group removed.

The Friends of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church were declared trespassers in a judge’s ruling last week.

The group filed notice yesterday that they’ll seek an appeal before the Massachusetts Appeals Court. They’ve also requested a stay of eviction, appealing the order to vacate the church by May 29.

Friends of St. Frances spokesman Jon Rogers told WATD that this is “truly just a matter of right versus wrong, and we believe we’re right here.

“For all those years that they told us that these beautiful buildings we call our churches belong to us, well, you know what? We’re going to hold them to their word,” said Rogers. 

“We haven’t varied from what we’ve said from the very beginning, and that is that we will exhaust every level of appeal possible to us.”

The protesters are the last of six Boston-area parishes that occupied churches to prevent their closure during a controversial parish consolidation in 2004.

Rogers said this fight is critical, “not only for us, St. Frances, but all the other churches out there, because if the Archdiocese is ultimately victorious, all those beautiful churches that we’ve put there, and that we call our spiritual home, are just merely rentals.” 

Rogers said in a press release issued Thursday that the Friends remain open for constructive dialogue with Cardinal Sean O’Malley. 

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Erin Dale is an Anchor/Reporter for WATD. She is also a New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) award-winning print journalist and previously worked for GateHouse Media.