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Thursday, February 8, 2007

Wellesley church case goes to SJC

St. James the Great Parish
(Globe Staff photo by Barry Chin)


Attorneys for St. James the Great in Wellesley planned to argue today before the Supreme Judicial Court that the Archdiocese of Boston has no right to sell off church land.

Lawyers will claim that that the Maffei family, who sold the eight-acre parcel along Route 9 for $12,000 in the 1940s, did so because they believed it would always be a church.

The Archdiocese announced plans to shutter St. James, along with dozens of other churches in 2004, as part of a large-scale reconfiguration. Since then, parishioners have held a vigil to keep St. James open.

``The bishop is only a trustee of his parishes. They are not his ATMs and he cannot convert them to his personal advantage,'' Peter Borre, co-chair of the Council of Parishes, told The Associated Press.

-- Erica Noonan

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