Defying the wishes of the archbishop, a shuttered Quincy church is holding a Catholic Easter Mass in a Protestant church and a married priest will preside.
The pain of a first Christmas without their neighborhood church was too much to bear for Star of the Sea parishioners in Quincy, said Sean Glennon, one of the leaders to reopen the church.
‘Too many of our parishioners expressed that they couldn’t go through that again, especially on Easter, which is the highest holy day of the year,’ Glennon said.
The Mass at the Protestant First Church of Squantum, which is on the same street as Star of the Sea, is the first Catholic Mass in the tight-knit section of Quincy since its closure in October.
Parishioners are holding the Mass against Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley’s wishes, and the Rev. Terry McDonough, a married priest not recognized by the church, will preside over an expected 500 people.
Well you can’t get much more symbolic than that. To defy your Bishop and have an illicit Mass by a priest without faculties from the Bishop is to in effect become Protestant. If only people were as loyal to the universal Church as some of them are to their local church building.