Occupy SF: Protesters Take Over Catholic Church Building

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Catholics will be hard-pressed to call this a sin
Occupy SF is back in action -- and just in time for Easter! The group last night stormed a vacant building that is reportedly owned by the San Francisco Archdiocese, which they plan to turn into a "permanent occupation" for the city's homeless.

Now why didn't Gavin Newsom think of that one?

The protesters' occupied the two-story commercial building, located at 888 Turk St., after an afternoon rally and march. The Chron reports that the building is the former music facility of the nearby Sacred Heart Cathedral High School and located within sight of archdiocesan headquarters at St. Mary's Cathedral.

But the real news here is that the protesters' occupation went down without a hitch; police were instructed by the Archdiocese to not mess with occupiers -- just yet.

According to news reports, the Archdiocese is planning to reconvene this morning and decide how to deal with this high-profile occupation without looking like bad Catholics.

Meanwhile, occupiers continued handling out flyers, announcing the "grand opening" of the building as the "San Francisco Commune" while activists organized the space for homeless folks in need of shelter. 

"There is no reason why any building should be vacant when people have no housing," Emma Gerould, spokeswoman for Occupy SF, told the Chron. "We ask that the archdiocese do the right thing and allow these services in these buildings."

Ah, we love watching Catholics squirm

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Mario_r
Mario_r

Anti-Catholicism is one of the last accepted forms of prejudice and bigotry. This situation is a good example of it. The Catholic Church is a big, visible, and easy target -it's also the friendly family neighbor next door. Try doing that to a Jewish or Muslim-owned building ... Occupy SF wouldn't dare..

JoeDr
JoeDr

The Catholic Church is one of the biggest providers of food, clothing, shelter, medical aid and disaster relief - bar none, to anyone in need.The Archdiocese doesn't need to justify the use of its building or to have it taken from it. Occupy SF's action may be well-intentioned, one hopes, but short-sited and uninformed.

2luke36
2luke36

“The Catholic Church, through its parishes and its institutions, provide about one third of the social services in the city of San Francisco, to the poor, the vulnerable, and the homeless,” Wesolek noted.

But as Wesolek explained, this seemingly vacant building – previously used for high school classes – was intended to be leased to tenants, as a means for the archdiocese to raise money for scholarships given to low-income children.

Bill D. Fields
Bill D. Fields

It's interesting that your article, Erin, didn't mention the damage done to the inside of the building by the Occupiers, like damaging doors, nailing them shut, etc., so the police couldn't get in to evacuate and arrest them. This was shown on KRON 4 News last nught, but, then again, KRON 4 is not a liberal newspaper!

Kevin
Kevin

The anti-Catholic hatred in this story is amazing....and sad. 

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

Hey Erin Sherbert -

Now that the squatters have been booted, did the Catholics squirm to your satisfaction?

Yellow journalism = effluvia. 

Usarownow
Usarownow

Wehre anyof these "occupiers" say, so to speak Catholic?

Hanna Quevedo
Hanna Quevedo

They were actually people from HOMES NOT JAILS.

Hanna Quevedo
Hanna Quevedo

they were actually people from HOMES NOT JAILS.

Realist
Realist

If the Catholic owners do not stand up for property rights and kick these losers out immediately, they'll soon own a Catholic sponsored flop house for junkies and other assorted riffraff.

Because the Occupyers have no respect for personal property and do not actually own this property, they have no right to turn down anybody looking for a free place to stay, and a lot of those looking for freebies aren't exactly stellar citizens.

Because these losers have no significant income, they'll have no way to support the community of losers that congregates there. The property, as Occupy has already demonstrated many times before, will soon be completely trashed, filled with shit and garbage, disease, rapists, violence, etc.

Time to end these games. The USA was built upon property rights. No property rights, no USA.  Being a good Catholic does not mean you have to allow self-entitled losers to steal your property from you.

This is ridiculous. If it were my property (will be if we don't stand for property rights now), I would force them out at gunpoint, per my right, and if there was any backlash at all, the Occupyers would immediately learn a very hard lesson. If these Occupy losers don't take care and begin showing respect, this game of theirs will end in bloodshed.

Patrick Connors
Patrick Connors

Ooh...erotic serf fantasies in late afternoon!! Thanks, Realist. 

AnonymousIs
AnonymousIs

Thank you for doing the work in the streets Occupy San Francisco!

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

The Biblical "Give us this day our daily bread" sounds like panhandling in this context. 

Patrick Connors
Patrick Connors

No one whines louder than than an oppressor. 

Poor poor disenfranchised marginalized victimized wounded Catholics....I don't know how they can tolerate being so put upon. 

Jen
Jen

the most effective form of protest is quite simply to limit the amount of money you give the government.www.taxkilla.com

The 1960s are over man
The 1960s are over man

Let the lazy slobs live there if they want to as long as they want sooner or later they will get sick of each other looks faces,smells, feces and or starve to death and kill each other off just like at San Quentin Joint. when the food and Toilet Paper run out so do the good times. no one knows you when your down and out.

Amen
Amen

Many Catholics are Occupiers, the Nuns and Priests taught us that, we are all part of one family and it is our responsibility as citizens of the world to help one another.It is to bad that some people, liberals or conservatives do not understand the principles of mercy and acceptance.

D. Y. Crawford
D. Y. Crawford

You really got some awful "Catholic" instruction.  Obviously your parents failed to notice--or, perhaps, they thought it was fine.  If you meet regious sisters and priest who are "occupiers", remind them that they have failed both God and you. 

Alva
Alva

It's so acceptable to bash Christians as Erin Sherbert demonstrates.  The intolerance of progressives is shown once again.  Ah, we love watching homeless people OD.

TheTruthHurtsMyFriend
TheTruthHurtsMyFriend

"We" love watching Catholic squirm? Maybe you do Erin. First they came for the mentally disabled. But I wasn't mentally disabled. So I didn't do anything. Then they came for the gypsies but I wasn't a gypsy so I didn't do anything. Then they came for the Jews, but again...do you remember how it ends? If not, it ends with them coming for me and you. Wake up and smell the lawlessness. If this group really wanted to help the homeless, I can think of a lot more effective ways to do that.

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