Hub voters would be asked if the Archdiocese of Boston “has failed” in its handling of church closings in neighborhoods under a nonbinding ballot question to be proposed by a trio of city councilors today.
“In the past we’ve had nothing but failure and breakdown in communication and in the future we need to have better communication,” said Brighton City Councilor Jerry P. McDermott, the lead sponsor.
The measure, which will be introduced at today’s City Council meeting, will be on the Nov. 8 ballot if it passes. Also sponsoring it are South Boston City Councilor James M. Kelly and North End Councilor Paul J. Scapicchio.
Councilors said the archdiocese has gone ahead with closings without thought for the city’s most vulnerable citizens, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, who use church-based food pantries and 12-step programs.
An Archdiocese spokesman could not be reached for comment yesterday. [Source]
Still waiting for separation of church and state activists to get riled up about this one – definitely not a breath holding moment.