Modern Living: The Living Find New Use for Hallowed Ground

THEY are living it up in Illinois cemeteries. Because of a shortage of parks, the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Chicago now allows bicycling and sometimes baseball in the graveyards it maintains. At Mount Carmel there is a lake stocked with fish for local anglers. Although the idea came from people who bicycled to visit family plots, John Philbin, director of the archdiocesan cemeteries, admits that "some of the lot holders are uptight." Yet most of them relax once they realize that gamboling does not take place on the graves.


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