From a flyer for VOTF.
Catholics of the Archdiocese of Boston
Come join together for a joy-filled event
Mass on Boston Common
Sunday, August 15
4:00 p.m.(3:30 p.m. hymns and celebration)
Purpose of the Mass: To celebrate as Church during these difficult years, as a community of believers in solidarity with all Catholics in the Boston Archdiocese; to attend to the grieving of all parishes that are closing; and to achieve this by participating in the Eucharist, the source of Life, healing, and strength, to realize God’s Unconditional Love.
There will be prayer, song, and community!
Bring lawn chairs, blankets, banners, and a picnic for later!
1. The Place for the Celebration of Holy Mass
[108.] “The celebration of the Eucharist is to be carried out in a sacred place, unless in a particular case necessity requires otherwise. In this case the celebration must be in a decent place.” The diocesan Bishop shall be the judge for his diocese concerning this necessity, on a case-by-case basis.
Figure the odds that VOTF has received permission by Bishop Sean O’Malley to have Mass outside at the Boston Commons. Not very likely when the whole event is designed to undermine his authority and to try to come up with ways of stopping church closings. They have chose the Feast of the Assumption (which is not even mentioned in the flyers or on their site) for this Mass. VOTF is struggling to be relevant and they have latched themselves onto the emotional issue of these closings They say they "Support Priests of Integrity" and yet they have done nothing but fight against their good Bishop and have accused him of using Parish closings as a way to attack VOTF. I guess their definition of a priest of integrity are those who line up with them.
Father Robert Bowers, Saint Catherine of Siena, Charlestown
Father Stephen Josoma, Saint Susanna, Dedham
Father Ron Coyne, Saint Albert the Great, Weymouth
Father David Gill, S.J., Saint Mary of the Angels, Roxbury
These are vocal dissenters and Fr. Bowers on his parish web site makes such claims as
in the case of some parishes the impacts of closing will fall disproportionately upon non-white minorities, and in at least one case, upon the hearing-impaired.
He tries to soften this charge with "whether deliberately or unintentionally" but he goes on to repeatedly make this charge that the closing fall unproportionally on "people of color." He also mentions the real purpose of the Mass which is to schedule several media events. This information came from a letter he wrote to Attorney General Thomas Reilly to try to get him to intervene. So here we have the so-called Voice of the Faithful actively slandering the Archbishop with claims of going after parishes with minorities and disabilities.