Sunday, September 25, 2011

A second veterans' plaque

broken plaque with once 239 veterans' names
Several people saw the television news broadcasts about the church's WWII veterans' plaque, and independently came to the site of St. Catharine's church Sunday afternoon. A 1958 graduate of St. Catharine's elementary found the second war veterans' honorary plaque (by turning a piece of wood over, which was it), that had been hanging opposite the other one. The wall which it was attached to is gone, and had fell into the rubble. About three-fourths of that plaque survived in the heap.

People were coming, and going all day Sunday. Another Catherine's graduate (class of 1962) and parishioner also came interested in the plaques and the sad fate of St. Catharine's. Four other Catholic parishioners from various parishes came too, and received possession of it from the demolition company, which had salvage rights, and this they did in front of four Cleveland policemen.

The diocese abandoned the church in 2008, and recently sold the remaining real estate it was sitting on. There was plenty of time to collect and save the plaques, and for that matter -- the pipe organ. That the diocese did not do, nor allow this to be done is indicative of the disregard, and disrespect the Bishop of Cleveland and his employees show parishioners. Friday, the chancellor, and spokesman for the diocese were notified of the one plaque. There was a second one which parishioners of St. Catharine's knew about, but other Catholics did not.
Sunday evening travelling north on Fleet in Cleveland, O.
Postscriptum 6.30 a.m. 28 September 2011:
Sometime on Monday 26 September, after this story become public, the diocese became vindictively and mendaciously interested in this story. On Friday, a television reporter and a concerned Catholic, independently of each other, discovered the first plaque. The Catholic notified the diocese and much of the local press on Friday. The reporter had an "online report" Friday. Saturday, and Sunday, and Monday morning the television reported on this (using still photographs sent by the concerned Catholic) -- the diocese made a statement, it is a gift, we don't return gifts.

Monday morning, four concerned Catholics and
the city council ward member, Ms. Mamie Mitchell spoke to the contractor, whom re-affirmed the events and promises of the day before. Two of the Catholics and Ms. Mitchell were interviewed by a television cameraman.

Tuesday morning, the city's newspaper reported that the diocesan spokesman is calling one of the several Catholics (whom retrieved the second discovered plaque from inside the rubble and received its possession from the demolition contractor, and was promised the second) a thief. He has since retained a lawyer, very well known to the diocese, since he is being pressured and publicly slandered. The slander was by Robert Tayek (the spokesman for the diocese), who manufactures ridiculous and outrageous lies continuously. He has just not been called on it, and continues to be a paid liar. Perhaps that is the real job description he has.
Ward 6 Councilman, Ms. Mamie Mitchell being interviewed by WKYC-3, in St. Catherine's parking lot.

1 comment:

  1. Must the insults continue from the Cleveland Diocese. Bad enough a Church Building and piece of Cleveland history was destroyed, but to see the disrespect for our Veterans who fought for our freedom. Please Rome HELP US!!!