You mentioned Mount Manresa on Staten Island. Its the home of the first retreat
house in America. For 102 years, it has been considered a place of healing and
reflection, a refuge during disaster and for many sacred ground. It includes a
rare forest of over 100 old growth trees which are unprotected. And now, its
beautiful 15 acres, its history and our environment is at risk of being sold by
the Jesuits to builders for $15 million and turned unto schlocky townhouses. Father Quinnan. S.J. said "Providing greenspace is was not part of
our mission. In some ways weren't the neighbors taking advantage of an
institution that was holding that green space without contributing to it?"
This is so disrespectful to the community, many who did contribute to Mount
Manresa for many years and donated to their Second Century Fund. And it shows a
blatant disregard for the health and well being of the community. So callous.
We are writing to Pope Francis to intervene. His approval is
required for the sale to go through. I think would be shocked if he found out
what was going on here.
Although I am not a religious person, there is a great deal to admire in Pope
The issue is not recent. The Cathar "heresy" 700+ years ago was prompted
in large part by clerical opulence in the face of impoverished parishioners.
Politicians fare little better. Spending other peoples' money seems to be
irresistible when the charge to serve others becomes the temptation to be served
by others. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Cathars were brutally murdered.
Let's hope todays Germans are more fortunate.