RI Man Sues to Silence Bells at Catholic Church

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A Rhode Island man is suing to silence the church bells in his neighborhood.

John Devaney said the bells from a nearby Catholic church disturbs his peace and were a reason his marriage ended in divorce.

The 64-year-old wants the federal government to reduce the amount of times the bells ring. The bells were installed six years after he bought his home.

The church said they have the right to ring the bells since religious institutions are exempt from city noise ordinances.

"So many in the community have enjoyed hearing the bell for more than 10 years for but minutes a day. The parish believes the brief ringing of the bell is reasonable and well within its rights," the church said in a statement through Catholic Diocese of Providence.

"The parish community is saddened that a sole individual would continue personal, inappropriate attacks harassing visitors, worshippers, and staff of St. Thomas More Parish. As a community of faith, we will pray for peace and understanding and that all our neighbors know of our charity and concern."

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