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.|
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.
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.
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?"
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?
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.
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.