Once the Cathedral of Kensington, now a heroin shooting gallery

Once the Cathedral of Kensington, now a heroin shooting gallery


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Once the Cathedral of Kensington, now a heroin shooting gallery
Philly(D)com ^

Posted on 07/07/2017 8:12:02 PM PDT by Phillyred

The gas company supervisor showed up at Mother of Mercy, a storefront church on Allegheny Avenue, in late June. He’d just been inside the long-shuttered Ascension of Our Lord, a hulking cathedral of a building at F and Westmoreland. After what he’d seen, he needed to speak with a priest.

He’d been working in the neighborhood, the PGW man said, and slipped through a broken stained-glass window to take some photos for his wife, who had grown up in the parish. That’s when he saw the mess of needles carpeting the floor and pews — and the figures moving in the darkness.

“There were so many people in there it looked like they were waiting for Mass to start,” the man reported.

It made sense to Father William Murphy. For months, he and Father Joseph Devlin and Sister Ann Raymond had been feeding the young people who got high on the lawn of McPherson Square library. But then the police drove the crowds away. The addicted people had to have gone somewhere, he thought.

So Father Murphy and Sister Raymond walked the few blocks to the church that long was the jewel of the neighborhood, until it wasn’t. They stepped through a window, glass crunching underneath their feet.

In the half-light, they could make out thin forms. Some shot heroin in the pews, some laid half-naked on mattresses. Others stumbled past in their stupor, not noticing the priest and nun in their presence.

Father Murphy did all he could think to do. He began to bless them.

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For nearly a century Ascension, with its towering columns and bell tower and interior that brought to mind the churches of Europe, was proudly nicknamed by parishioners the Cathedral of Kensington. It was deconsecrated in 2012 and sold two years

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Just sickening.

1 posted on 07/07/2017 8:12:02 PM PDT by Phillyred

To: Phillyred

Yet Jesus loves them.

2 posted on 07/07/2017 8:23:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There’d be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)

To: Phillyred

Philadelphia was the birthplace of the greatest nation on earth. Now, I would wall it off or just force New Jersey to take it.

It’s an apt comparison for our Congress though. The priest left the church for awhile, and these animals moved in. Well, we as a people turned our backs on DC for a few years and now look what we have.

You can’t just leave things alone and trust that everything will be fine. And like this church, we need to chase out the scum from America’s government.

3 posted on 07/07/2017 8:23:24 PM PDT by Celerity

To: Phillyred

Looks like he could afford the tattoos.

4 posted on 07/07/2017 8:28:00 PM PDT by onedoug ( KEK)

To: Phillyred

Jesus died for the junkie arms extended cruciform.

He doesn’t want him to remain addicted, but loves him nonetheless.

5 posted on 07/07/2017 8:28:16 PM PDT by lightman (Trump = A glorious amalgamation of Andrew Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan!)

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