Have you seen the ads in the newspaper for Avila House? They
say, “The reasons for moving to Avila House keep piling
up!” Well! The only thing piling up is their hypocrisy.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany is acting disgracefully.
It is devastating what had been one of the most beautiful spots
in the entire Pine Bush - a place where thousands of butterflies
once lived. And to top it off, the logo for the Avila house
is a butterfly. Just like other developers in the Pine Bush
who name streets after the creatures they destroy, Avila House
uses the butterfly, which no longer lives there, for advertising.
It’s makes you wonder how anyone could possibly have
the heart to destroy it. All anyone has to do is to visit the
Catholic Environmental web site at http://conservation.catholic.org.
I strongly recommend this wonderful site with its incredible
array of inspiring and appropriately selected, psalms, canticles,
writings of the Early Church Fathers, and the Canticle of the
Sun of St. Francis. There is also a magnificent joint environmental
statement from the Pope and the Patriarch of Constantinople.
When the Save the Pine Bush delegation met with Bishop Hubbard
over this issue, one of his excuses was; “The earth was
made for man.” All I can say is that passage from genesis
is one of the most abused in the bible. Christian businessmen
tend to love it. Bishop Hubbard seems more like a businessman
concerned with the bottom line than a bishop in the same church
that maintains one of the best environmental web sites on earth.
It should go without saying that the Avila House Environmental
Destruction Project contributes to sprawl. Sprawl is a cancerous
disease, which simultaneously destroys rural and natural landscape
and cities. The Roman Catholic Diocese should be re-building
its historic churches downtown, not destroying the Pine Bush.