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Parish ownership question.

* The archbishop of Boston, a "corporation sole," is closing 20 percent of the parishes in the diocese without the assent of parishioners because all property is held by the archbishop. In Portland, Ore., the archbishop, also a "corporation sole," declares bankruptcy and states, "Under canon law, parish assets belong to the parish. I have no authority to seize parish property."

There obviously are substantially different views of one fact. Should I refer to the archbishops as cafeteria Catholics?

CHRIS O'BRIEN

Newton, Mass.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:O'Brien, Chris
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Jul 30, 2004
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