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Man sues pope: Church bells ruined my marriage
wnd ^ | 9/5/03 | Joe Kovacs

Posted on 09/06/2013 8:36:35 AM PDT by JoeProBono

A Rhode Island man has filed a federal lawsuit against Pope Francis and others, claiming the frequent bell-ringing of the Catholic church across the street has disrupted his life so much, it helped precipitate the demise of his marriage. John Devaney, 64, of Narragansett, R.I., lives directly across from the picturesque St. Thomas More Catholic Church. “The bells have been going off 700 times a week, very loud volume, and it’s been going on for too long,” he told the Providence Journal in a videotaped interview. “I’m not getting any response back from the people that control the bell-ringing.” “First of all, the bells are amplified and they’re broadcast on loudspeakers,” Devaney explained. “We live in a historic neighborhood. I think we should get back to removing the amplifiers and the loudspeakers. And then I think they should bring the bells back to a reasonable number and a reasonable time.........

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: catholic; churchbells; frivolouslawsuit; lawsuit; pests; popefrancis; zoning

John Devaney of Narragansett, R.I., claims loud church bells ruined his marriage.


1 posted on 09/06/2013 8:36:35 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Some people should have a big ‘S’ stamped on their forehead (for STUPID) so you know to stay away from them.


2 posted on 09/06/2013 8:38:31 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: JoeProBono

“700 times a week?”

There’s only 168 hours in a week. Methinks he got his math wrong.


3 posted on 09/06/2013 8:40:13 AM PDT by NVDave
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To: JoeProBono

I hear Mohammed had people shout from minarets because he didn’t like bells.

If this problem started before Francis succeeded Benedict XVI, this guy is suing the wrong pope.


4 posted on 09/06/2013 8:40:15 AM PDT by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: JoeProBono

Move.


5 posted on 09/06/2013 8:40:16 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: JoeProBono

He’s got the wedding bell blus.


6 posted on 09/06/2013 8:40:33 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: JoeProBono

He’s 64?! Looks like 84. Cowboy hat in Rhode Island? One confused man.


7 posted on 09/06/2013 8:41:42 AM PDT by TaMoDee (Go Pack Go!)
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To: JoeProBono
A Rhode Island man has filed a federal lawsuit against Pope Francis and others, claiming the frequent bell-ringing of the Catholic church across the street has disrupted his life so much, it helped precipitate the demise of his marriage.

As my dad used to say, "hell's bells!"

8 posted on 09/06/2013 8:43:48 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny.)
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To: JoeProBono

So these bells go off 4 times an hour for 24 hours 7 days a week?

Maybe he just has a ringing sound in his ears.


9 posted on 09/06/2013 8:44:49 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: JoeProBono

It is all Quasimodo’s fault


10 posted on 09/06/2013 8:45:38 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (0bama lied, Stevens died, now 0bama covers up the lies.)
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To: JoeProBono

Perhaps they could move a mosque in next door and he could listen to the call to prayer all day long. He could complain about that and they could burn his house down with him in it.


11 posted on 09/06/2013 8:47:34 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: NVDave

He must be counting each individual peal or bong of the bells, rather than instances.


12 posted on 09/06/2013 8:47:38 AM PDT by Burkean (.)
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To: NVDave
There’s only 168 hours in a week. Methinks he got his math wrong.

I told him a million times not to exaggerate but hey, some people never listen.

13 posted on 09/06/2013 8:47:45 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: JoeProBono
Give that man a No Bell Peace prize.
14 posted on 09/06/2013 8:49:03 AM PDT by adaven
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To: Mr. K

Moving is not an option?


15 posted on 09/06/2013 8:55:01 AM PDT by Chickensoup (...We didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: JoeProBono

Heaqr plugs and headphomes if you don’t want to move.


16 posted on 09/06/2013 9:02:11 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Mr. K
Some people should have a big ‘S’ stamped on their forehead (for STUPID) so you know to stay away from them.

That hat does it for me.

17 posted on 09/06/2013 9:02:33 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: JoeProBono

Ear plugs and headphones, if you don’t want to move.


18 posted on 09/06/2013 9:02:52 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: JoeProBono

He probably has tinnitus and the bells follow him around.


19 posted on 09/06/2013 9:04:00 AM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: Burkean

OK, that I could buy.


20 posted on 09/06/2013 9:04:53 AM PDT by NVDave
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To: JoeProBono

I imagine the church and its bells were there first.


21 posted on 09/06/2013 9:06:51 AM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. -- Churchill)
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To: a fool in paradise

22 posted on 09/06/2013 9:07:17 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Hairy Reed in a cowboy hat.


23 posted on 09/06/2013 9:10:22 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: a fool in paradise
So these bells go off 4 times an hour for 24 hours 7 days a week?

Maybe it's a clock tower and chimes for each quarter-hour.

24 posted on 09/06/2013 9:17:30 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Has anyone seen my marbles?)
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To: JoeProBono

Including the pope in the lawsuit reveals that he doesn’t know much about the structure of the Catholic Church. The pope does not regulate the operation of church bells at local parishes! If the man has a beef, he should sue the local archdiocese or - if the church is run by a religious order - he would sue the regional jurisdiction of that order.


25 posted on 09/06/2013 9:18:04 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Tax-chick

Those tower bells generally just go off between 7am and 10pm tops.


26 posted on 09/06/2013 9:22:00 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Steve_Seattle

Go where the money is when you hire a trial lawyer to sue “the establishment”.


27 posted on 09/06/2013 9:22:44 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: JoeProBono
He should call


28 posted on 09/06/2013 9:23:34 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: a fool in paradise

Oh. It was just a thought.


29 posted on 09/06/2013 9:24:53 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Has anyone seen my marbles?)
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To: NVDave
“700 times a week?”

There’s only 168 hours in a week. Methinks he got his math wrong.

Well, the seven demons running around in his head add up to a lot of complaints...

30 posted on 09/06/2013 9:26:48 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: JoeProBono

I have nothing against church bells, but if it’s true they are amplified and going off 24/7, the old coot might have a point. I think ringing the bell on the hour between 7 am and 9 pm should be plenty, or even just when a service is about to be held. And it also depends on how loud they are and what city ordinances allow. I myself have complained to city officials (with no response, of course) concerning the noise caused by overnight deliveries to a grocery store adjacent to my residential neighborhood - banging metal doors, the flatulence of air brakes, the roar of diesel engines, the thump of pallets being dropped, etc.


31 posted on 09/06/2013 9:27:31 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: adaven

No Bell Peace Prize... wow that’s so funny!


32 posted on 09/06/2013 9:27:37 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: a fool in paradise

You’ll be shocked, SHOCKED!, to learn that he isn’t represented by a lawyer. He filed this all by himself.


33 posted on 09/06/2013 9:42:07 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mr. Lucky

He’s no fool. He knows that some hired liar would want 50% of the take hisself!


34 posted on 09/06/2013 9:45:23 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: JoeProBono

I never got that skit...


35 posted on 09/06/2013 9:50:19 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: a fool in paradise

His problem is that a “hired liar” would have read Federal Rule 11, while he obviously hasn’t.


36 posted on 09/06/2013 9:51:30 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: TaMoDee


Spicoli was right about Mr. Hand.
37 posted on 09/06/2013 9:58:17 AM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: JoeProBono
“I’m not getting any response back from the people that control the bell-ringing.”

Of course not...they can't hear you. Call them when the bells aren't ringing.

38 posted on 09/06/2013 10:00:10 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: Steve_Seattle

Apart from chiming the hours, the bells ring the Angelus and they announce that Mass has or will soon begin, so once every hour defeats the purpose.


39 posted on 09/06/2013 10:12:33 AM PDT by pbear8 (the Lord is my light and my salvation)
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To: Tax-chick
Maybe it's a clock tower and chimes for each quarter-hour.

Even clock towers don't ring their bells twenty four hours a day. (Also, most of them only ring on the hour, not every quarter-hour.)

40 posted on 09/06/2013 10:25:49 AM PDT by Bob
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To: Tax-chick

41 posted on 09/06/2013 10:52:28 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: Bob

The church near me used to ring for meals and didn’t bother me at all. After the church quit the bells, a neighbor put in ringing bells outside which was a major annoyance.


42 posted on 09/06/2013 10:52:51 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: Berosus

Maybe if they didn’t have them on loudspeaker it wouldn’t be as disruptive.


43 posted on 09/06/2013 11:22:01 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: Bob

The one near me rings on the quarter-hour, but I’m not sure it rings all night. I know it rings AT night, but it might be only until 10.


44 posted on 09/06/2013 11:35:50 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Has anyone seen my marbles?)
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To: JoeProBono

I lived right down from our local Catholic church and they rang at 6 am and pm then 5 min before each Mass and at the beginning of each Mass. I and everyone around enjoyed the sound of the bells. I moved a several blocks away and can still hear them but not very loudly - I miss hearing them the way I used to and yes, they were amplified.


45 posted on 09/06/2013 12:02:02 PM PDT by Clintons Are White Trash (If stupid ever reaches $150 a barrel then I want the drilling rights to Maxine Water's head.)
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To: JoeProBono

Bet the church was there before him. Maybe he should have moved away from the church to near an airport.


46 posted on 09/06/2013 12:07:50 PM PDT by henkster (If the Feds create an unlimited demand for bastard children, you get an unlimited supply of them.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Clock striking the 1/4 hours?


47 posted on 09/06/2013 12:23:37 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: JoeProBono

By the intercession of St. Paulinus of Nola, bishop and confessor, may you be released from the grip of avarice and self-aggrandizement.


48 posted on 09/06/2013 9:50:27 PM PDT by Oratam
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