Orleans Parish Political Potpourri & A Bit Of Popery

Wed, 29 Mar 2006 18:27:18
Item-1  Justin Zitler For Civil Sheriff:
Yes it’s time for another shameless plug for my friend Justin’s campaign as well as a link to a story in the Metro section of the local rag. The Z-Man told me that the Picayune’s Michael Perlstein had asked excellent and thought provoking questions and it showed in the article. For more info about Justin’s reform plans follow this link to the League Of Women Voters excellent online election guide.

Item-2  Low IQ? Local blogger and bi-valve intellectual Oyster asks whether or not the IQ (I Quit) ticket to replace the 7 Dwarfs (tax assessors) has a strategy other than litigation. It’s a pearl of a piece…

Item-3 A Moderate Voice On The St. Augustine Closure Mess: For the uninitiated there is a huge dispute over the Catholic Church’s plan to phase out the historic St. Augustine Church in Treme. The church was founded by les gens de couleur libres (free people of color) some 150 years ago. There have been protests and sit-ins on one side and a typically authoritarian response by the archdiocese. There was bad behavior on both sides last Sunday: protesters interrupted mass and Father Michael Jacques was accompanied to mass by some armed off-duty police officers.  The protest backfired: the archdiocese seized on it to close  the church completely.

Anyway there’s an excellent op-ed piece in today’s Picayune by St. Augustine board member Michael Valentino that urges both sides to take a chill pill act like adults and try to compromise: “The archdiocese and the congregation are entrenched in their positions. It’s time for both parties to step back and consider the larger picture. We are nearly out of time for a reasonable resolution. Left untended this conflict will be a flashpoint for dire controversy and international notoriety by this weekend.

I hope the archdiocese will offer an immediate six-month reprieve with any Divine Word priest giving time for a mediator to calm and direct the dialogue. I hope St. Augustine parishioners will offer an apology to the archdiocese for Sunday’s disrupted service. They can also help restore good faith by helping negotiate an end to the sit-in in the rectory and entering into mediation.

Our community and our ancestors deserve no less. ”

Y’all please listen to Mr. Valentino. He seems to have everyone’s best interests at heart. We’re all rubbed raw chafed and stressed by the storm so I understand the emotional reaction but all concerned need to take a deep breath and let their brains take over. Compromise is the only way to save the church.

Item-4  District B Council Candidates Forum April 5th:
Here’s a bit of shameless semi-self promotion. My neighborhood association along with 12 others is sponsoring a candidates forum next Wednesday. It will run from 7-8:30 PM and will be held at Touro Synagogue 4238 St. Charles Avenue. Here’s a link to the forum press release.

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