God officially in recession

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And apparently He’s going to have to sell some assets.

The Madison Archdiocese announced its intention to sell the Catholic Multicultural Center on Beld St.

The center provides free meals three days a week, has a food pantry and a parish nurse, as well as offering adult education and employment assistance.

Soglin comments: “Hopefully the church will gift the building to neighborhood organizations who have a different set of priorities. I am sure that Madisonians of all faiths and of no faith will join together to continue secular needs of the community.”

Amen. There is no crueler irony than the recession crushing organizations meant to help those who’ve hit hard times.

Interestingly, when browsing through the budget legislation the other day, I noticed a clause specifying the tax-exempt status of buildings leased out by religious organizations that are providing low income housing or housing for the disabled. Hence, if part of the center is leased out to somebody/something completely unrelated to the church’s charitable activities, the church’s profits are tax-free.

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