Thirty-three years ago, Mother Teresa visited Miami and established a soup kitchen, whic h her Sisters of the “Missionaries of Charity” have operated ever since. Her motto, from when she founded the Religious Order, back in Calcutta, was: “To server the poorest of the poor”. That’s what made yesterday’s article, in The Miami Herald, so surprising–and so shocking.
After all of these years of charitable work, several days ago, a City of Miami Code Inspector posted a potential property lien, stating that the soup kitchen was operating without a permit. As I was preparing to write this post, I noticed a follow-up article in The Herald, which noted that the City of Miami had decided not to close the soup kitchen, ttp://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/04/v-print/3324357/mother-teresas-nuns-can-keep-feeding.html. A husband-wife team of attorneys, who represent the Nuns on a pro-bono basis, was able to present a Special Permit, which was issued in 1982. More importantly, however, I believe that the City realized that they could not win in the Court of Public Opinion.
Actually, I believe that most people in the local area–Catholic or not–would be against such a closure. This would be especially the case in view of the fact that the City and County are trying to decide whether to provide Corporate Welfare for the Miami Dolphins owner, and after having done even more for the Miami Marlins, a baseball team that only fills the seats when the Yankees (“Jankees”) or Mets are in town.