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Saturday, December 25, 2004

Boston Archdiocese: "Bah Humbug"

The local news as I ate breakfast this morning was hilarious. The Boston Catholic Archdiocese, which has been squabbling with locals over church closing these past several months, has really outdone itself this time by arresting two people keeping vigil in a church on Christmas Eve (technically Christmas Day, as it was shortly after midnight). The video was excellent too, with a little kid crying and saying how awful the pastor was being to him. There's nothing on that in the Globe but it is mentioned in the Herald:

Before a 4 p.m. Mass, however, the pastor, the Rev. Joseph Slyva, stopped two parishioners from hanging a banner announcing the vigil, and called police himself after trying unsuccessfully to confiscate a petition 14-year-old Brendan Melchiorri was circulating.

"I just can't believe it," the boy told WCVB-TV (Ch. 5), tears streaming down his face. "Why would he be so cruel?"

"The pastor basically manhandled the boy," said Peter Borre, a member of the Council of Parishes.

Hmm, a pastor "manhandling" a boy? Let's move on.

In the spirit that the church has set for the day, I have to go off for the afternoon and watch the Indy-Detroit grudge match followed by Shaquille O'Neal murdering Kobe Bryant, all the while endeavoring to avoid my relatives. For you and yours, I wish a pleasant remainer of this December 25. I may return in the wee hours, unless the dinner gets the best of me.