Priest alleges bias in Northbridge cemetery controversy
NORTHBRIDGE (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest is claiming that religious prejudice is motivating some critics of a proposal to transfer control of a Northbridge cemetery to his parish.
Pine Grove Cemetery trustees are considering transferring ownership of the financially-troubled cemetery to St. Patrick Parish or selling open land to Whitinsville Christian School.
In response, a group formed to press trustees to preserve the nondenominational mission of the cemetery’s founders. The Telegram & Gazette reports that in a posting last week, St. Patrick’s pastor, The Rev. Michael Broderick, wrote religious prejudice is motivating some in the group.
He wrote, “The flames of religious intolerance have been fanned under the guise of preservation.”
Northbridge resident Shelley Buma said Broderick was “hurling invective.” She said her group is simply opposed to an historic cemetery being transferred to a religious entity.