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POST-GAZETTE, JULY 22,2011 Page 5 S i m pie TIMES... by Girard A. Plante The Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Boston took another hit as six churches became the latest victims of Cardinal Sean O'Malley's wrecking ball. Effective Monday, July 18 th, the following churches were "deconsecrated:" St. Francis Xavier Cabrini in Scituate; Our Lady of Lourdes in Revere; Our Lady of Mount Carmel in East Boston; St. Jeanne D'Arc in Lowell; Star of the Sea in Quincy; and St. James the Great in Wellesley. Choosing which parishes to shutter, Cardinal O'Malley said he has reflected and prayed for divine guidance. The larger issue that Cardi- nal O'Malley fails to admit is that Boston area Catholics recognize their churches' closings are not merely one man's making. And they know everything but divine in deciding arbitrarily to close churches and sell them to the highest bidder drives the closings. These are America's churches, not Europe's. Americans built the Catho- lic churches across our na- tion with their own money. Many parishioners built with their own hands the churches, rectories, con- vents and schools that for generations educated mil- lions of people from all walks of life. No money was offered by the Vatican, nor did parishioners seek monetary handouts from the Holy See in Rome. Yet the Vatican swims in untold billions of dollars -- an island unto itself in power and authority -- while America's Catholic parishes continue to be the primary cash cow for the Vatican's vast operations. Their mixed Happy Anniversary Get back in s with us. I ))  Waterfront Addiction Recovery Center 131 Beverly Street (at North Station) Boston, MA 02114 617-720-0153 or 720-STEP Tanti Auguri per il vostro Anniversario ....... 2011 ; Green Cross Pharmacy In Your Gold FARMACIA CROCE VERDE J. Giangregorio, Reg. Ph. - F. Giangregorio, Reg. Ph. 393 Hanover Street, Boston, Mass. Tel: 617-227-3728 Professional Dependability - Accuracy - Service J-Iappy 00lnnirersartj fiom YMCA of Greater Boston Keeping Families Strong EAST BOSTON Please visit us today/ Learn more about all the YMCA has to offer/ A Full Service Gym Free Personal Training for Y Members Mind & Body Classes East Boston YMCA 215 Bremen Street East Boston, MA 02128 Phone: 617-569-9622 message to American Catholics has proven reso- lute and perplexing. Don't protest church clos- ings. Definitely look the other way without question- ing wtiy our collective pock- ets are picked by Vatican officials. And never tell the pope and his closest confi- dants that we American Catholics disagree with their policy of plutocracy. Tolerate the pope's plati- tudes. Offer up our parishes, some over a century old, and begin the healing from the roiling priest sex abuse scandal. Parishes shuttered by Cardinal O'Malley, we're told, will be used for commu- nity agencies and meet the dire demand for housing. But the reality is that some buy- ers re-sold properties for a profit. "We are ready for a rumble in Rome," responded Peter Borre, co-chairman of the Council of Parishes aimed at resisting church closings. Through "consultations" with various priests' coun- cils, parishioners who lost their appeals to the Vatican to end shuttering their par- ishes', an online survey sent to diocesan Catholics and others active in pre- venting church closings, Cardinal O'Malley asserts that they recognize the time has arrived to heal and accept the realities of fewer priests, less Catholics at- tending Mass, and rising ex- penses from a dramatic drop in the collection basket. "What I have heard from these consultations is that we have reached a point as a community of believers where we must relegate these church buildings as (Continued on Page 14) r$ .... $' I'K[3]]I I I I I I Honest & Trusted for 33 Years!! : I "  kS - ,''{ekil|Jl.'H[Olgl O, Sj I I I I I O Happy Anniversary from. NE\\;W HEAI',-I-H00L\\;I North End Waterfi'ont  Health 332 Hanover Street Boston, Massachusetts Telephone (617) 643-8000 ,o LA Happy Anniversary Everett CO-OPERATIVE Bank 419 Broadway Everett, MA 02149 www.everettban Member FDIC Member SIF drtappy 00lnniversar 9 NOBILE INSURANCE BOSTON 30 Prince Street Boston, MA 02113 617-523-6766 FAX: 617-523-0078 MICHAEL F. NOBILE, CPCU ALBANO F. PONTE, CEP Financial and Estate Planning Email afponte @ Phone 617-320-0022 ARLINGTON 148A Massachusetts Avenue Arlington, MA 02474 781-646-1200 FAX: 781-646-1148 MEDFORD 39 Salem Street Medford, MA 02155 781-395-4200 FAX: 781-391-8493 OOOOOOOOOOOOOO00OOOOO Happy Anniversary King of Cold Cuts Ask About Our Cold Cut Trays Fresh Cheeses and Fine Italian Products Purchase sub at regular price and receive free chips and a soda. Offer valid for the month of July 86 Cottage Street East Boston, MA 02128 617-567-6373 ,, ,:... Now accepting credit cards ,. " "'e"  "e" ;' '; "," ; =e" ;''&'#'e" &' ' '4 "e'6 "e" i'd k4 lk'L "e'4 ""