Crumbling Boston church to close
BOSTON (AP) — After being deemed unsafe for worship by structural engineers and risk management analysts, a beloved Catholic church in south Boston has temporarily shut its doors.
The Boston Globe reports the Rev. Steve Madden and the Rev. Gerald Souza made the decision to close Saint Vincent de Paul’s Church Saturday after finding a pile of debris had fallen from the ceiling.
Nets hang high above the pews from support beams to catch crumbling pieces of the ceiling, part of the original ox-hair plastering from the church’s construction in the 1870s.
Madden admits the damage is extensive, however he says the closure is not easy to accept given many consider Saint Vincent’s a neighborhood safe haven.
Archdiocese of Boston officials say further inspection is needed to assess the cost of repairs.