Now that’s a concept I haven’t heard in many years!
“PUTTING AN END TO RUMORS.
Please help us. Cardinal Dolan has received letters alerting him to the fact that, because a small piece of scaffolding is in the church, Fr. Robbins “is dismantling our beautiful church.” Further added was that, since workmen were seen at the altar rail, he obviously is “removing the altar rail”, as well. The scaffolding is up to clean the statuary and the workmen at the altar rail were polishing the brass and returning the marble to its original beauty. We even received an email from an architect interested in “salvaging the altar rail marble.” There is absolutely NO truth to this rumor and it is making a new Pastor’s first weeks in the parish very unwelcoming. If you hear this rumor, please supply the person/s with the correct information. Rumors can and often do disparage a person’s reputation, not to mention that, in spreading them, we may find ourselves guilty of mortal sin.”
SOURCE (The bulletin of the Church of Our Saviour, New York)