Suspension of 'Bishop Bling-Bling' puts light on spending by faith leaders

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  • bsanche Staten Island, NY
    Nov. 4, 2013 9:35 p.m.

    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.

  • The Skeptical Chymist SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 27, 2013 3:02 p.m.

    Although I am not a religious person, there is a great deal to admire in Pope Francis.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 27, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    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.