2007/09/15

A Metaphor For America's War On The Have-nots

This is Our Lady of the Angels, a magnificent $180M cathedral erected by the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Opened in 2002, it is an opulent testament to the wealth of the church.
These are the Sisters of Bethany who live and work with the poor in East Santa Barbara. In December, these elderly nuns will be evicted from their convent home of 40 years so that the Archdiocese can sell it to pay for 1/10 of 1% of a record $660M settlement of hundreds of clergy abuse cases.

Everything that is wrong with this nation is aptly demonstrated by this sad story.

15 Comments:

Jesus Christ!
That is truly adding insult to injury.
These stories deepen the antipathy towards the Catholic movement. Though hardly religious I refuse to accept the movement as religious, it is a business.
In fact I refuse to accept most established religions as religious. There are some powerful messages in the Jesus Christ concept, a shame it does not translate to the bodies claiming allegiance.
hypocrites...and the shame....and because we are suffering in a Theoracy...well, it is just considered the norm...those poor nuns..
It gets better -- they also don't pay any taxes!!!
Nvisiblewmn... Maybe we should ask the question: Who would Jesus evict?

Fashiongirl... True enough. Catholics in Southern CA have suffered a lot. Now apparently the church intends to take out their pique on the poor.

Enigma... Symptomatic of what goes on in this country every day: The poor get bled to take care of the needs of the rich.
Cartledge, Mr_Blog... Here's a scenario for you: In the United States the tax code requires that insurance payouts from untaxed premiums be taxed. Since the Catholic Church almost certainly pays it's insurance premiums out of "untaxed" money, maybe it's time to hit them with the "BIG TAX BILL"?
A lot of thoughts go through my head when I read this. Granted, I have never been a fan of the Catholic church.

I feel bad for anyone who loses their home, however, if the Catholic Church had simply done the right thing, this wouldn't be a problem.

As Edward G. Robinson once said "Where's you messiah now?"

Dave
Crackpotpress.com
The man who made these decisions to evict the nuns is anything but a Christian in any real sense of the term. But then when have most Catholics ever be real Christians? For that matter, when have Christians been Christian? Most of them don't have any spirituality to speak of.
It's so f'ed up.
How appalling. I hope parishioners get together and start donating their offerings to these nuns instead of the church.
Crackpot Press... And it would have been so simple to do the right thing. [sigh]

Liberality... That's a very good point. So following on what you said, is America's current war on the have-nots a symptom of spiritual poverty? Or is our spiritual poverty just an extension of what is going on in society generally?
Dusty... with a capital "F"!

Kathy... In fact, they are. The community in East Santa Barbara is being uber generous trying to persuade the church while at the same time trying to help the Sisters of Bethany.
So following on what you said, is America's current war on the have-nots a symptom of spiritual poverty? Or is our spiritual poverty just an extension of what is going on in society generally?

I would say the former, although it's not as cut-and-dried as that. What Liberality said is spot on; just look at the history of the religion itself. Persecuted sects early on, Cathars, Hussites, etc. All about power, just like the secular world. They just wear a different kind of funny hat.
Yep, up is down and wrong is right. What a sad statement.

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