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Church Files Claim for Right to Rebuild at Ground Zero

posted by Nicole Neroulias

I’m assuming that it’s no coincidence that on yesterday’s St. Nicholas Day, leaders of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church destroyed on 9/11 began legal action against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

I wrote about this ongoing dispute earlier this year, and blogged about it here. Essentially, the church leaders and Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America representatives want the agency to honor a preliminary agreement to exchange their tiny sliver of property (which is becoming part of the garage for the new memorial and bulidings) for a larger piece of land nearby. But the agency has said the church leaders got greedy about the terms, and the larger plans for the entire site had to move forward before the land-swap deal was finalized.

In semi-related news, today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, the 69th anniversary of that attack on America soil. (The “date that will live in infamy,” though it tends to slip by for many younger Americans nowadays, since 12/7 isn’t conveniently part of its name.) Makes you wonder how we’ll be talking about 9/11 and Ground Zero five decades from now, doesn’t it?

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posted December 7, 2010 at 12:59 pm

I expect the folks at St Nicholas’ Church want to get going on their new facility. If they got greedy then they deserve to wait. But if this is simply a question of Crimson tape tied around government gift wrap, then it is time to get going. So why is no one decrying their new church, but the Muslim community is getting all manner of grief?
On another topic:
Check out Leonard Pitt’s column today in the Miami Herald, regarding God’s role in missed plays – as appropriate to football as it is to life. As for Steve Johnson Buffalo Bills) – his faith is certainly shallow and not very wide. His lamentation is as bad as some of Jeremiah’s! Humility is a tough chew toy.

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posted December 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Nicole I hope you’ll highlight this story. The scandals over protection of child molesters by top Catholics in the US are not nearly over.

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posted December 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm

It seems some folks just don’t “get” it. The brother in question is still in a place where he can quite quietly continue to do great harm. Of all the places to move him, this is probably one of the worst (just after a school setting). Do they not run any Senior or Assisted Living Centers where he is not tempted and the residents are not at risk from him? The foolishness of the Authorities is almost criminal unto itself. It represents laziness and carelessness on their part. Good piece to highlight.

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posted December 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Then there’s this story about yet another death by prayer. Quite the news day.

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posted December 7, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Whoa, two more! California man pleads not guilty to assualting the priest who had mollested him (which I think y’all missed when it first came out) and Indiana pastor convicted of pocketing money intended for building churches. That was probably like shooting fish in a barrel for a preacher. Smooth talker, helping God and all.

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Robert C

posted December 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm

All the anti christian bigots are out in force today I see. Must be something about the Christmas season that drives them insane. Now just throw Palin into the mix to watch them crash into walls. LOL

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posted December 7, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Pointing out y’all are not a tenth as good as you think you are is not bigotry

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posted December 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Just curious Robert C., but how are any of those stories anti-Christian? Anti-illegal actions taken by people yes; anti-Christian, no.

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posted December 7, 2010 at 5:44 pm

nnm.ns, you are very wrong in your view of Christians. You see, we KNOW we are sinners and are far from perfect, but we strive to walk in His light. We do not delight in failings, as you seem to do. It is you who is throwing the stone, and transferring the failings of two onto millions. Only one died for our sins, and it is in His blood we are washed. But accusing all Christians of the failings of a few is ludicrous to any logic.

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posted December 7, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Mary I never accused you all of that. But despite your claiming to know you are sinners you, way too many of you, think Christians are better people than the rest of us. And as these stories help illustrate, you are not. About the same as the rest of us I’d say. Would you agree Christians are, on average, no better people than the rest of Americans? Humans?

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Nicole Neroulias

posted December 7, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Thanks for pointing out the other religion news stories going on — there are quite a lot today, especially if you also factor in that Elizabeth Edward has died and all the holiday season features. I usually only have time to blog once a day, however…
It’s not appropriate to get so far off topic in the Comments section of a blog post, but out of curiosity: Would it make sense — you tell me — for me to put up a more general post every couple of days, just for Comments on assorted religion news that hasn’t been highlighted here yet? Or do you have other suggestions?

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posted December 7, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Sure. Why not? I think that might be a good idea in fact; a place for us to at least point to what we want to from the news, be it major or minor.

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Jack West

posted December 8, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Mau I answer you nnmns? I agree with you: Christians are no bettter nor worst than any other Americans/humans. They operate with that mentality because many believe, if you screw up, you turn quickly to God and He forgives you.

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Monk 21

posted December 9, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Mary; How abt the opposite to what you say in your 1st post.
Only Catholic priests are being condemned daily in the media. Yet if you go to Google and type in “abuse of children by protestant clergy” you will be shocked that they out number the Catholic problem.
I believe all should be punished and I mean everyone.

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