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Opinion

October 9, 2013

Letter: Archdiocese shows no respect for pastors

To the editor:

Once again, the Archdiocese of Boston and its leader, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, have disrespected their Catholic followers — this time, on Cape Ann again.

Wasn’t the closing of three Cape Ann churches enough? Where is the respect for Father Alves and Father Kiley?

Both Our Lady’s and St. Ann’s have played historical and pivotal roles in the lives of their followers. I grew up in Our Lady’s with its heritage of the shrine of the Portuguese fishermen, who built the original church in 1889 and contributed to the present church built in 1914 after a fire destroyed the original.

My grandfather helped to build this church. This church also houses one of the oldest sets of carillon bells in the United States and is listed on the Historical Register, a national treasure. Certainly, St. Ann’s, a Neo-Gothic building, is also of historical importance and a place of worship for the Italian fishermen’s families of Gloucester.

What is more disheartening is what appears to be total disregard of these pastors, Father Alves and Father Kiley, who have devoted their entire lives to the Church.

Maybe they wish to retire at this time, but where is the dignity for their service? They are not pawns, they are people with emotion, dedication, and devotion.

Will the new collaborative pastor have the same dedication?

NATALIE C. DALEY

Thurston Point Road, Gloucester

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