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Archdiocese pulls listing of closed church

March 19, 2011

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The Boston Archdiocese has pulled the real estate listing of a closed Roman Catholic church, saying it was causing confusion about its intent. Former parishioners at Holy Trinity Church in the South End asked the Vatican on Monday to stop any sale of the building, after it was listed at $2.3 million. They argued that the archdiocese had not completed a process to convert it to secular use, which is required before sale to a secular buyer. The Vatican has recently denied similar requests by other dioceses. Yesterday, spokesman Terry Donilon said the listing was meant to gauge the market or attract a buyer from a Catholic organization. He said the archdiocese never intended to prematurely sell the property to a secular buyer. (AP)