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Archdiocese Of Detroit

Sun Feb 26, 2006 12:53 am

The Archdiocese of Detroit is closing schools and churches all over the metro area because of dwindling numbers whilst at the same time Adam Cardinal Maida, Archbishop of the Detroit Diocese sits on the board of the John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington where he has invested $40 million of local Catholics' money.

You would think that the sick, poor and needy could be better served by the church?!!!

"Detroit Cardinal Adam Maida faces rising frustration in the pews, a deepening debt at his largely empty museum in Washington, D.C., and conflicting ideas about how to mop up the red ink.

Maida vows he'll recover "every penny" of local money he loaned to the John Paul II Cultural Center, and he described the future of the $75-million, 100,000-square-foot facility as rock solid.

The cardinal insists the center is only suffering birth pangs.

"It's just a baby," he told the Free Press last week. "It's only 5 years old and yet it has an impact that's been great. It's known throughout the Catholic world."

But that would require an infusion of $30 million from donors, which Kerr already is trying to raise in the next three years with Maida's help. The Archdiocese of Detroit so far has loaned $17 million directly to the center to cover shortfalls and has guaranteed repayment of a $23-million mortgage secured to complete it.



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RE: Archdiocese Of Detroit

Sun Feb 26, 2006 8:01 am

The saga of the John Paul II Cultural Center has also received attention in the Washington Post. It is a very unfortunate situation, made worse by the huge note being carried by the Detroit archdiocese. I have visited the facility, and it is a beauty. The church "community" should step in and help out. Failing that, Cardinal Maida should get one of those well-heeled Michigan Catholics (such as Domino's Pizza ex-magnate Tom Monaghan) to help out with a big fat check.
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