By Rosalie Tirella
The only remaining private colleges in Worcester that refuse to make PILOT payments to the City of Worcester are CATHOLIC colleges! (We can talk about Becker later; their endowment is small and the place still feels like a junior college.)
But “THE CROSS”!? My God! We’re talking Wormtown aristocracy! The one school that every Irish mop top claims as his own? The college that every old school Worcester mover and shaker claims as his alma mater? The place that produced Chris Matthews? The college from which my two cousins graduated – the ones who became doctors and loved to regale us with stories of “THE CROSS.”
Yet this iconic Worcester instution has decided it is OK to take a dump on our poor people – or at least ignore them.
The very opposite of what Catholics are supposed to do. The New Testament is filled with Jesus saying things like: “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me!” Or: “The first shall be last and the last shall be first!”
If Jesus were to come down to Worcester in 2010, he’d probably live in District 4 – some hovel that’s only a five-minute drive away from Holy Cross college. Continue reading How ironic …