I’ve lived in a lot of places (like Boston) where the power of the church causes corruption,
but I have never seen a more blatant scam than the recent vote by our City Council to
donate 1.1 Million dollars to the church for the “repair” of Marist College.
The council voted 5-2 Tuesday night to allocate federal Community Development Block Grant funds to repair the historic building’s damaged support structure and veneer. The city’s hope is that a developer will eventually come forward and transform the one-time parochial school, built in 1915, into an economically viable property.
It is even personally upsetting in that I have been a long time supporter of Regina Romero, who pushed this effort,
and the only voice of sanity I find on the council is a Repub, Steve Kozachik
Councilman Steve Kozachik said he voted against the measure because the block-grant money would be better spent on housing rehabilitation, neighborhood enhancements and other issues where the city has a waiting list of residents who could benefit. “But instead we are going to give a gift to the Catholic Church,” he said.It isn’t as if the Church doesn’t have the money to repair it’s own property – they’ve already spent almost that amount in out-of-state donations to campaigns to fight gay rights and contraception.
I’m calling the ACLU – the city will have another lawsuit on it’s hands if I can do anything about it.
(Cross posted to Aging Hippie Dispatch)