Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Our Lady of Good Counsel
Archbishop Hughes sends NOPD to bust down door, arrest parishioners.
When Hughes left Boston, nobody missed him. Let's just say he had a problem calling the police up there.
Well, looks like he found someone to call NOPD for him this time.
The Our Lady of Good Counsel met every fund raising goal set for them (or at least that's what the parishioners say; given that they have a lot of middle class members, they're probably telling the truth). They were originally allowed to have holiday services and then close after the New Year, but the Archbishop flip-flopped and closed the church in October.
The Parishioners think that the Archbishop wants the land for developers (in close proximity to the gentrified Magazine Street). They point out that they've already reversed course once (St. Aug).
Archbishop Hughes has reached retirement age. Rumor has it, he's out the door soon. The new Archbishop, rumored to be from Mobile, doesn't want to start his term with a huge mess like this on his plate and not knowing the territory. It appears that Archbishop Hughes has taken it upon himself to resolve it, one way or the other.
Horribly mishandled by both NOPD (ARMED OFFICERS IN A HOUSE OF GOD!!!) Seriously, keep your guns in your cruiser for this one. You're dealing with churchgoers, not crack dealers) and Archbishop Hughes (calling the cops on a holy day?).
Karen was there and has more.
Oh yeah, I'll point out one other thing: look at the shiny, new tasers on the belts of the NOPD officers. Looks like the rumors of stocking stuffers were true.