Justices Reject Appeal From Parishioners Occupying Church

The justices are not commenting on their order Monday in the case involving the St. Frances X. Cabrini church in Scituate, Massachusetts

Parishioners of a church closed by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston in 2004 say they will end their 'round-the-clock vigil now that the Supreme Court has refused to hear their case.

But the parishioners say they intend to create an independent Catholic church without the archdiocese.

Parishioners have occupied the St. Frances X. Cabrini church in Scituate for more than 11 years.

The Supreme Court decision Monday leaves in place a judge's decision to evict the parishioners in a trespass case brought by the archdiocese.

A spokesman for the parishioners' group says they plan to start an independent Catholic church not affiliated with the archdiocese. He said they will vacate the church after a "celebration of transition" service May 29.

In a statement, the Archdiocese of Boston said it appreciated the Supreme Court's review, and have given the parishioners 14 days to leave the property.

"The parishes of the Archdiocese welcome and invite those involved with the vigil to participate and join in the fullness of parish life," spokesperson Terrence Donilon said.

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