Three Boston parishes lose Vatican appeals

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Three Massachusetts churches could be forced to close their doors after the Vatican's highest court denied their appeal to remain open, FoxNews reports.

Back in 2004, Cardinal Sean O'Malley made the decision to deconsecrate three churches, and his decision was upheld by the Vatican's highest court, despite all three attempting appeals.

One of those churches is Our Lady of Mount Carmel in East Boston.

The locks on the doors were changed by the Archdiocese back in 2004 when the church was originally slated to close, but parishioners have continued to hold services outside since then, and they say they have no plans to stop.

Parishioners say they are also working on getting a letter written to the Pope, which will include the church's story and an appeal to save it.

The second church affected by the decision is Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini in Scituate. A group of protesters has occupied the church around the clock since the decision to close it in 2004, and members also hold weekly services.

The group has sent several letters to Cardinal O'Malley, begging him to meet with them to find a solution, but that has not happened.

The spokesman for the church says he was shocked by the decision, since similar appeals across the country have been successful.

And finally, the last church set to be closed is Saint James the Great church in Wellesley.

A spokesperson for the Archdiocese in Boston told FOX 25 that the decision on the churches' appeal was made some time ago.

Right now, they're waiting on a decision about whether the church will no longer be considered a church, which is necessary when it comes time to sell the building.

The diocese says they are hoping for a peaceful resolution, and welcome the parishioners to join any of the other parishes across the state.

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