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As some of you may know that I get enthused, some say possessed, about justice and peace issues. Recently it has been the injustice of the Catholic Church in North Central Milwaukee that has taken up lots of my time. I have spent many words trying to say what I wanted to say about the Million Dollar Move. At today’s liturgy the 2nd reading from the Letter of James said it all much more simply. But after the liturgy I learned that parish council members will not give us five minuits to explain the Cry for the Poor Petition, below. I guess what I tried to say has already been said.
Reading James 2:1–5
My brothers and sisters, show no partiality
as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.
For if a man with gold rings and fine clothes
comes into your assembly,
and a poor person in shabby clothes also comes in,
and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes
and say, “Sit here, please, “
while you say to the poor one, “Stand there, “ or “Sit at my feet, “
have you not made distinctions among yourselves
and become judges with evil designs?
Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters.
Did not God choose those who are poor in the world
to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom
that he promised to those who love him?
Cry of the Poor Petition
We request that the 1.1 million dollars realized from the closing and sale of three Catholic Churches (St. Nicholas, St. Albert’s, Blessed Trinity/Holy Redeemer in North Central Milwaukee be used to support vouchers for three St. Vincent De Paul conferences that serve those in need in the area, St. Catherine, All Saints and St. Martin De Pores.