Wednesday, March 05, 2014

BOSTON: Key Questions Remain Unasked About Copley Square's Trinity Church


March 1, 2014

The recent Boston Globe article on the new rectory of Trinity Church, Copley Square, was very ill judged.

Trinity is hardly to be blamed for the fact that to buy a rectory in its neighborhood requires the expenditure of millions of dollars. Unless, that is, the rector is to be forbidden to live near the church and encouraged to move to another less fashionable neighborhood.

A more pertinent argument against the purchase might have been to ask why it would not have sufficed for the rector and his wife to have an apartment above the church offices now in the old rectory on Clarendon Street, the gracious first floor of which has been left furnished for parish entertaining. Even bishops have rejoiced to live this way. When I knew Bishop Paul Moore of New York in the mid 1990s, he lived in such an apartment over the diocesan offices that had been introduced into the lower floors of the original Bishop's residence next to his cathedral.

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