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Rhode Island man sues churches over bell ringing

Sept. 5, 2013 at 6:05 PM

NARRAGANSETT, R.I., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- A Rhode Island man's lawsuit against two churches near his home alleges their bell ringing disrupts his life and contributed to the breakdown of his marriage.

John Devaney, 64, of Narragansett, filed a U.S. District Court lawsuit against the St. Thomas More Catholic Parish and St. Peters by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, alleging bells ringing at the churches have violated his rights and denied him the "peaceful enjoyment of his property," The Providence (R.I.) Journal reported Thursday.

Devaney, who is acting as his own attorney, alleges the ringing bells have left him irritable and led to arguments that contributed to the ending of his marriage.

The lawsuit names Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, Diocese of Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Pope Francis and St. Peters by-the-Sea administrator Linda O'Neill as defendants.

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