Parishioners fight to keep New Orleans churches open

Some Roman Catholics are fighting the keep their New Orleans churches open.

Iraqi Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, leader of the ancient Chaldean Church, left, gives communion at a Christmas Eve mass in central Baghdad, Iraq on Monday, Dec. 24, 2007. (AP Photo)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Some Roman Catholics are fighting the keep
their New Orleans churches open.

At St. Henry -- one of three churches closed Sunday as part of the Archdiocese of New Orleans' reorganization plan -- two people
stayed behind after the final Mass and others said they plan to
stay there in shifts as they fight to save it.

Members of Our Lady of Good Counsel were also considering
occupying their sanctuary in an effort to prevent it from being
closed permanently, but the church changed the locks Monday
morning.

Members of Our Lady of Good Counsel filed a civil suit challenging the closure. A court hearing is set for today. Both parishes have filed canonical appeals in church courts.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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