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||6309 Bertha Drive New Orleans, LA 70122
||I have been catholic all my life. My family moved into Cabrini Church Parish in about 1986. The church parish was weak, compared to adjoining ones so we became members of St. Pius X. parish
I still live in the neighborhood.
The area south of Robert E. Lee was devastated by Hurricane Katrina,
and has not rebuilt itself. The Cabrini church has no patrons.
Fema has failed the area. The City has failed the area. The one glimmer of hope to pump life back in the area is relocation of Holy Cross School, which has much greater historic significane than the church building at Cabrini. Fema has a conflict of interest. Fema should pay for the rebuilding of the area, and cites the possibility of this old useless structure as a way to avoid paying, again. It is not fair.
According to catholic philosophy, the "church" is not a building, it is the people. The people of this area need the Holy cross school.
The church supports Holy Cross. The neighborhoods support Holy Cross. What gives architects or paresians standing to overcome what the people in the area will have to endure by preserving the building to guarantee a slow death in a lifeless area?
The people here did not support the cabrini Church parish before and will not support he church now, so preservation is a death sentence for the area, and will not preserve the building, the church or the people.
It is time to go forward, not backwards. Death leads to birth. If the federal govement, the architects, and the Paresians want to preserve the building, let them buy it from the Catholic Church, but do not use this as an excuse to reduce federal funding, or to keep Holy Cross from relocating in our area.