A Superior Court judge has ruled that parishioners holding an 11-year vigil in a Scituate Church can stay there while they appeal their case to the United States Supreme Court.
The parishioners have been in St. Frances Cabrini around the clock since 2004, when the Archdiocese of Boston announced the church was among many they planned to shut down. Parishioner Jon Rogers says if the Supreme Court doesn’t take their case, they have agreed to leave the church and to drop their appeal with the Vatican.
“What we’re right now doing is fully focused on moving towards the United States Supreme Court," said Rogers. "And if that doesn’t work, we’re reasonable people. What we said from day 1 that we would exhaust every avenue of appeal available to us, and that would fulfill our promise.”
The Archdiocese wants to sell the property, and is suing the parishioners for trespass.