Skip to comments.Man sues pope: Church bells ruined my marriage
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 its been going on for too long, he told the Providence Journal in a videotaped interview. Im not getting any response back from the people that control the bell-ringing. First of all, the bells are amplified and theyre 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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John Devaney of Narragansett, R.I., claims loud church bells ruined his marriage.
Some people should have a big ‘S’ stamped on their forehead (for STUPID) so you know to stay away from them.
“700 times a week?”
There’s only 168 hours in a week. Methinks he got his math wrong.
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.
He’s got the wedding bell blus.
He’s 64?! Looks like 84. Cowboy hat in Rhode Island? One confused man.
As my dad used to say, "hell's bells!"
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.
It is all Quasimodo’s fault
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.
He must be counting each individual peal or bong of the bells, rather than instances.
I told him a million times not to exaggerate but hey, some people never listen.
Moving is not an option?
Heaqr plugs and headphomes if you don’t want to move.
That hat does it for me.
Ear plugs and headphones, if you don’t want to move.
He probably has tinnitus and the bells follow him around.
OK, that I could buy.
I imagine the church and its bells were there first.
Hairy Reed in a cowboy hat.
Maybe it's a clock tower and chimes for each quarter-hour.
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.
Those tower bells generally just go off between 7am and 10pm tops.
Go where the money is when you hire a trial lawyer to sue “the establishment”.
Oh. It was just a thought.
Theres 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...
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.
No Bell Peace Prize... wow that’s so funny!
You’ll be shocked, SHOCKED!, to learn that he isn’t represented by a lawyer. He filed this all by himself.
He’s no fool. He knows that some hired liar would want 50% of the take hisself!
I never got that skit...
His problem is that a “hired liar” would have read Federal Rule 11, while he obviously hasn’t.
Of course not...they can't hear you. Call them when the bells aren't ringing.
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.
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.)
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.
Maybe if they didn’t have them on loudspeaker it wouldn’t be as disruptive.
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.
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.
Bet the church was there before him. Maybe he should have moved away from the church to near an airport.
Clock striking the 1/4 hours?
By the intercession of St. Paulinus of Nola, bishop and confessor, may you be released from the grip of avarice and self-aggrandizement.