BOSTON – Parishioners who have occupied a Roman Catholic church since it was closed 11 years ago will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to settle their dispute with the Boston archdiocese.
St. Frances X. Cabrini parishioners plan to ask the high court to review a ruling by a Massachusetts court that found they are trespassing at the Scituate (SIH'-choo-iht) church. The state's highest court declined to hear the case but parishioners are hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will review it.
The parishioners will ask a state judge on Monday to put the case on hold while they petition the high court.
The church was closed in 2004 as part of a reorganization following the clergy sex-abuse scandal.
A spokesman for the archdiocese did not immediately respond to a request for comment.