Thursday, June 07, 2007
Wherever the Archdiocese of New York has put our bell, I am sure that it is not tolling our death knell!
Among the items removed for safekeeping by the Archdiocese was our bell, most likely weighing in at over a ton and inscribed with the names of Lithuanian immigrants who contributed to the construction of the church.
Today's "New York Post," item, RULING A DEATH KNELL FOR CHURCH, by Dareh Gregorian presents the outcome of our recent suit against the Archdiocese of New York to reopen the church and prevent further removal of items. I disagree with the summary that it is a death knell for the church. We the "former parishioners" are Roman Catholics and hold a firm belief in the Resurrection.
The hierarchical nature of the church makes it the 400 lb. gorilla of my childhood jokes, i.e., "Where does a 400-lb gorilla sit? Anywhere it wants to."
A similar piece ran in the "New York Daily News", Case closed for downtown church. This item emphasized that the decision places our fate squarely in the hands of the Archdiocese.
How do you make a 400-lb. gorilla act with kindness and mercy?
This is not a joke.
The full content of the decision can be viewed at The New York State Courts Reporting Bureau