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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Parishioners: we own this church

FRAMINGHAM

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(A crowd of parishioners attended the court hearing in Cambridge, Globe Staff Photo by Michele McDonald)

Attorneys for parishioners of the closed St. Jeremiah Parish in Framingham yesterday urged a Middlesex Superior Court judge to rule that the parishioners, not the Archdiocese of Boston, are the rightful owners of St. Jeremiah's land and buildings.

The archdiocese's attorney argued that the parishioners have no right under Massachusetts law to sue for the property, and that the head of the archdiocese is entitled to dispose of church assets as he sees fit. He asked that the parishioners' suit be dismissed.

Judge Isaac Borenstein deferred ruling in the case until January to give attorneys for both sides time to make further filings, the Globe reports today.

-- Charles Radin

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