Susan Rintoul, Minot
I am still shocked and saddened by the absolute selfishness and and bigotry that has been so obvious in none other than the "Roman Catholics" in Minot.
When did apartment living equate to shiftless and ambitionless people? How can we be pro-life and not care about human dignity and shelter? Where is it OK to pray the Rosary and NOT care for a family that is split up on different couches in different homes?
The key word here is "affordable" housing. The flood rendered many homeless who fell between the cracks for housing assistance, who are living on couches and with friends for well over a year. The greed of the Realtors and slumlords of Minot have kept them homeless and working two to three jobs to exist. So when some of the members of a Catholic community saw a reasonable solution, that really seemed what Jesus would expect of us and do himself, it was presented to the public as a self-serving way to obtain money for a new addition. Ironically, it was shot down by some of its own members.
I'm not knocking being pro-life. I'm a mother of 10. I personally pray the Rosary and get much peace and care from Our Lady's intercession. However, I also believe in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless and clothing the naked. Apparently those are parts that only apply if it doesn't block your view or make more traffic in your area.