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The Boston Globe - had a story on the front page about Saint Mary’s - NOT good.

“In the spring of 2016, officials at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston
began suspecting that someone was stealing from the collection plate at St. Mary’s,
a Catholic parish in Winchester.
Local police and the FBI investigated, but no one was ever charged.
Parishioners, who had heard a swirl of rumors
about stolen donations
and quiet staff departures,
never learned what had actually happened.”

Then the story mysteriously begins.

It’s a quiet town - so it’s kinda exciting. I was an altar boy there.
Dad was a lector / CCD teacher. Mom was the first female Eucharistic minister there.
Many family weddings and baptisms etc etc etc

The last front page Boston Globe town story was -
"The man accused of stabbing a woman to death inside the Winchester Public Library a week ago
today has been sent to a maximum-security psychiatric hospital, officials said.
Jeffrey Yao was transferred to Bridgewater State Hospital
after the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office told a judge -
he was too mentally ill to remain in jail. "


So it’s business as usual, the Church thought they resolved the problem quietly and wants to keep it that way. They don’t want to publicize that people in positions of authority were either abusing their authority of just failing to do their job.


This is part of the front page story - too

" About 500 parishioners gathered for a candlelight prayer vigil outside the church Sunday night.

Earlier on Sunday during Mass,
Erikson spoke briefly about the situation.
“This is not a matter of ministerial misconduct.
This is a personnel matter,” he said. "


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