Skip to comments.A Month After Pope's Visit . . .Cardinal O'Malley Closes German Parish
Posted on 06/13/2008 5:00:12 AM PDT by Serviam1
One month after Pope Benedict XVI made his historic visit to the United States, Sean Cardinal OMalley ordered the closure of Bostons oldest German parish, Holy Trinity, and declared all its assets including $ 242,000 in its bank account be transferred to Holy Cross Cathedral.
The priests and parishioners of Holy Trinity Church, established by German immigrants in 1844, opened the first parochial school in New England and introduced the Christmas tree and Christmas cards to Puritan Boston, among many other traditions.
Since 1990, the parish has been home for the Traditional Latin Mass community from 1990 to 2007, when the Traditional Latin Mass was relocated to Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish in Newton. Following Pope Benedict XVIs motu proprio, parishioners of Holy Trinity successfully petitioned the pastor administrator, Fr. John J. Connolly, for the Latin Mass. Since January 2008, when the Latin Mass was restored, the congregation at Holy Trinity has tripled, despite a standing-room-only congregation at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes, said C. Joseph Doyle, a member of the Latin Mass Community at Holy Trinity, and executive director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts.
For four years, Cardinal OMalley has been intent on closing Holy Trinity, which Boston Globe reporter Michael Paulson described as being located in the last ungentrified corners in South Boston (sic.Boston's South End). What Paulson means by ungentrified, explained Doyle, is that Holy Trinity is located directly across the street from a low-income housing project of largely Hispanic(sic. Asian) tenantry, and has not yet been taken over by yuppies, homosexuals, and effete transients from New York and New Jersey.
In addition to closing Holy Trinity, OMalley also announced that St. Casimirs in Brockton, a Lithuanian parish, would close. There, parishioners responded by placing crosses all around the church and in front of their homes, recalling Lithuanias famous Hill of Crosses, erected in defiance of the Soviet occupation of their country. Both churches will close at the end of June.
The whole so-called reconfiguration process, Doyle told The Wanderer, is insane. Venerable churches of great historical significance and architectural and artistic distinction are being destroyed, while churches of no historical or aesthetic value are being preserved. Orthodox congregations are being dispossessed, while parishes that are hotbeds of dissent remain open.
Holy Trinity was the first church designed by distinguished church architect Patrick Keely, who led the neo- Gothic revival in the United States. Churches he designed, running across New England, New York, and New Jersey, and from New Brunswick to Baltimore, often became the cathedral churches as dioceses were formed in the major metropolitan regions.
The former St. Peter and Paul Church in South Boston, designed by J. Gridley Bryant Fox, who designed Bostons Old City Hall, is now a collection of condominiums, Doyle observed. Jesuit-run Immaculate Conception Church, another Keely edifice that was once one of the most beautiful churches in the city of Boston, was gutted more than a decade ago to create the Jesuit Urban Center, and was finally closed last year.
In the Roxbury-Jamaica Plain area of Boston, two adjoining parishes serve the same Hispanic community; one, St. Mary of the Angels was a basement church that was never completed; the other, Bles sed Sacrament, was, architecturally, one of the most magnificent churches in the archdiocese. Blessed Sacrament was closed and St. Mary of the Angels was left open. This is ludicrous. If a private, for-profit corporation was engaged in this level of architectural destruction and artistic vandalism, government agencies charged with historical preservation would have intervened.
This is a case where the religious freedom guarantees of the First Amendment are actually working against the interest of faithful Catholics, Doyle said. In other words, the state cannot step in and prevent Church leaders from destroying the spiritual and cultural patrimony of Bostons Catholics.
OMalleys decision to close Holy Trinity and St. Casimirs came during the same week that the archdiocese announced its Caritas Christi network of six regional Catholic hospitals will now be administere d by a lay board, independent of the archdiocese and answerable to the attorney general of the Commonwealth, Martha Coakley, who had demanded this change. According to press reports, the archdiocese can still intervene in matters of Catholic identity, provided it files written notice ahead of time, with the public charities division of the attorney generals office, which is dominated by pro-aborts.
Coakley is pro-abortion fanatic who wants to ensure that the hospitals all comply with the new law in Massachusetts requiring all medical facilities to dispense abortifacient so-called emergency contraception, said Doyle. Doyle added that this is the medical equivalent of the Land O Lakes decision, which transferred colleges and universities owned or governed by religious orders to lay trustees.
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The closure of Holy Trinty is a sad loss of historic patrimony for not only German Catholics, but for all Bostonians and arguably New Englanders as well. It comes at a time Pope Benedict attempts recovery of Catholic cultural and spiritual identity. Holy Trinity is the latest casualty of Cardinal O'Malley's "reconfiguration", linked to the fiscal (and spiritual) crisis precipitated by the recent Sex Abuse scandals that rocked Boston and elsewhere. Such plans to such suppress iconic Catholic landmarks is a sad reflection of the utilitarianism that has replaced Faith, in many sectors of the Church today. It in itself is a scandal of immense proportions that affects not only the Church, but the entire cultural climate. Pray for Cardinal O'Malley. Pray for the Holy Father, Benedict. Once gone it will never be recovered.
Below are some helpful background links on what we stand to lose. Please check this out:
They keep Pfleger’s church open.
Like I’ve said before, O’Malley is a wolf in sheep’s clothing worming his way into the college of Cardinal’s with hopes of ascending to the Papacy.
Just wait, and you’ll catch a glimpse when he lionizes Ted-K when he goes to his eternal damnation.
At least Mahoney, Hubbard etal are obvious in their Heterodoxy, which makes O’Malley that much more dangerous.
I believe Phil Lawler, in The Faithful Departed, said that O'Malley seemed to be running the Archdiocese as a going-out-of-business sale. I do blame O'Malley's influence at least for the wreckovation of our lower church, and the ripping out of the communion rail in the upper church. I do like our pastor, but he's not stupid and he knows which side his bread is buttered on!
That they perform this process with such carefree abandon in spite of the protests of the faithful, tells me something about their interior, spiritual disposition.
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A Month After Popes Visit . . .Cardinal OMalley Closes German Parish
you said: “Anyone complaining to the Ecclesia Dei commission? And when is the further explanation of the motu proprio, said to have been due before Easter, coming? How long, Lord?”
Thanks for the link . . . when this gets to America, I’ll only have to worry about whether O’Malley will finally go along — or opt for open schism. Stay tuned . . .
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