Parishioners stand strong

Though we don't yet know the outcome of the Vatican Supreme Court's decision regarding St. Mary's appeal to reopen the church, we do know that local voices have been heard.

The appeal was filed in April 2007; the church, one of 40 in seven counties, shuttered. The parish closing was part of a reconfiguration process initiated by former Bishop James Moynihan to combat the shortage of priests and population shifts from cities to suburbia.

But longtime parishioners, with roots to these holy buildings such as St. Mary, have had difficulty letting go. And they haven't given up.

Much like the recent revolution in Egypt, the people who live in this hamlet in their own way have set out to revolutionize the Catholic Church. The people are fighting for their beliefs.

Locally, diocesan leaders have fallen short in supporting their own masses; maybe the Vatican will see the forest through the trees.

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