See a picture of the church here… Sounds like a deal to me… although the current owner bought the church for just $2,500 in a foreclosure sale. 🙂One of the city’s great Catholic church buildings, St. Stans, on Dubois Street, is 100 years old and can be classified as a fixer-upper. It needs considerable repair. The real estate listing says the church has 22,000 square feet, with a sanctuary that seats 900, a choir stand, balcony and baptismal pool. Designed by Harry J. Rill, a Detroit architect, St. Stans has a Baroque exterior and an interior done in an opulent Beaux-Arts style, typical in elaborate Polish Catholic churches. St. Stans opened in 1913, during the frenzy of the early auto age, when the neighborhood was home to an increasing number of immigrants, especially Poles. Nearby churches include St. Albertus, St. Josaphat and Sweetest Heart of Mary. Suburban flight after World War II robbed the parish of many families, then the city cut the parish in two with the Ford Freeway, which runs a block north of the church, which is easily visible to motorists on I-94, just east of the Chrysler Freeway. In the early 1980s, the destruction of the neighborhood continued, with the construction of General Motors’ Poletown plant. //
This paper considers substituting one charitable activity for another in the context of religious practice. I examine the impact of the Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal on both Catholic and non-Catholic religiosity. I find that the scandal led to a 2-million-member fall in the Catholic population that was compensated by an increase in non-Catholic participation and by an increase in non-affiliation. Back-of the- envelope calculations suggest the scandal generated over 3 billion dollars in donations to non-Catholic faiths. Those substituting out of Catholicism frequently chose highly dissimilar alternatives; for example, Baptist churches gained significantly from the scandal while the Episcopal Church did not. These results challenge several theories of religious participation and suggest that regulatory policies or other shocks specific to one religious group could have important spillover effects on other religious groups.via Freakonomics Any thoughts? Todd
His relationship with Sandra Lee, his live-in girlfriend, is sacrilegious and should be punished by denying Cuomo communion, writes Vatican court consultant Edward Peters. It’s official: “Public concubinage” is officially the dirtiest-sounding church term we’ve ever heard.via Church Leader: Andrew Cuomo Is Living in â€˜Public Concubinageâ€™ — Daily Intel. I agree. Â I think we should take an offering to Edward Peters. Â He deserves some kind of a prize for coining a new term. I don’t know about you, but I plan on working the whole ‘public concubinage’ comment into my vocabulary. Â Daily. QUESTION: Â When someone asks you why it was OK for Solomon to have a thousand concubines and we can’t today… what do you tell them? What’s your quick answer?