Protesters occupying Catholic church for 11 years hope for reprieve despite eviction deadline

Parishioners occupying a Catholic church south of Boston for nearly 11 years say they're not worried about a court-ordered deadline.

A state judge earlier this month ordered the defiant members of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Roman Catholic Church in Scituate to end their occupation by Friday.

But after the group appealed, the judge changed his ruling late last week to allow the protesters and the Boston archdiocese more time to file additional legal briefs as he weighs the case further.

The parishioners have occupied the church since the archdiocese closed it in 2004.

Organizers want the archdiocese to restore their parish's standing or sell them the building. They say they're prepared to be arrested as trespassers if necessary.

The archdiocese hasn't said what it would do if protesters refuse to leave.