Tuesday, June 15, 2004

From blog correspondent John Boyden
News on Boston’s former churches
JB: ... with pictures of their bright futures. At least now there will be people in the churches.

They kept the church's grand wooden arches, stained-glass windows and ornate trestles, but added stainless steel appliances, Jacuzzi tubs, skylights and granite countertops.

"It's not always accepting the highest offer," (Rev.) Coyne said. "We want to stay within the mission of the church."

JB: How does selling church buildings to posh condo developers justify this statement? [End.]

The good father seems to be showing that the Irish are capable of sheer chutzpah.

Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn, whose parents were parishioners of St. Peter and Paul, said many people had hoped the church would be used for low-income housing rather than pricey condos.

JB: So much for high hopes. Something tells me, however, that when faced with luxury condos or low-income housing, most residents would choose the former.

England’s redundant churches
About 30 close every year; about 1,500 are on the market now

Low Moor St Mark, South Bradford

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England’s mountains green
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England’s pleasant pastures seen?

- William Blake

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