Patrick O'Neill of Garner, cofounder of the Fr. Charlie Mulholland Catholic Worker House, writes in a Point of View submission, which will run in tomorrow's paper, of his take on the controversy over Raleigh police officers' threatening to arrest those serving the poor in downtown Raleigh parks last weekend. (If you missed the story, get caught up here
"In recent years, as we watched the magnificent and swift gentrification of downtown Raleigh, some of us who have fed the hungry in Moore Square worried that pressure would one day be applied to our work with the poor. "
"If Raleigh really wants to be a city of distinction, that status is best measured by how we treat the poor among us. Sitting at outdoor cafes, eating good food and drinking fine wine make for a great quality of life if you can afford it. Loving and serving the poor make for a great quality of eternal life."