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Sunday, November 05, 2006

No Trespassing on Church Property


In light of Cardinal Maida's election materials policy (see here), he may want to order a couple thousand of these.

Or perhaps he could get some signs made specifically for his purposes. He could have these signs posted conspicuously throughout Archdiocesan and parish property. I suggest using the following text:

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NO TRESPASSING

This property is owned by the Archdiocese of Detroit. Cardinal Maida graciously permits Catholics to traverse the property to attend Sunday Mass (where they may deposit their weekly offering). Any other use of Cardinal Maida's property is strictly prohibited without his express permission.

Violators will be prosecuted.

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My Comments: If Cardinal Maida's priests are going to threaten Catholic laypersons with arrest for distributing election materials, I only think it's fair to provide adequate notice of the Archdiocese's policy regarding the use of parish property.

I admit that I used to think that, as a Catholic, I had a right to be on parish property. Apparently, at least in the Archdiocese of Detroit, I was wrong. I am only permitted to be on the property so long as the local ordinary approves of my being there.

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