Changing the locks on churches

The blogosphere is having a lot of fun with yesterday’s NY Post “report”:http://www.nypost.com/seven/02272007/news/regionalnews/cardinal_sin_regionalnews_dan_mangan.htm about Cardinal Egan summoning the pastor of Our Lady of Vilnius in lower Manhattan to a meeting — and then having security guards change the locks on his church.

The church was one of several targeted for closure as part of Egan’s big realignment of the archdiocese. (UPDATE: I was wrong about this. Our Lady of Vilnius was not among those churches that were closed as part of the realignment process. See comment below from a parishioner).

Parishioners from the just-shuttered Our Lady of the Rosary in Yonkers said that the locks on their church were also changed without warning.

By changing the locks, Egan probably wanted to avoid another sit-in like the one that took place at an East Harlem church a few weeks back.

These tales, though, sure will not help Egan’s reputation as a cold and removed archbishop, which seems to be much more widely shared than it was even a year ago.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.