Why is the Catholic Church in so much trouble (so much so that there’s a regular publication called “Catholic Church Bankruptcy News“?) Maybe it’s because they spent decades sheltering pedophiles — including one so supposedly holy that he was Mother Teresa’s confessor. Maybe it’s because they’ve been doing goofy, unproductive things like saying that celebrating Halloween is “like inviting Satan into your home“, getting people to boycott the new “His Dark Materials” movie, or even bothering to comment on religious images surrounding Britney Spears’ new album (yeah, it clearly hurt Madonna’s career when they tried it in ’89.)

Or maybe Tom Lehrer was right, and they just need to update their music

These are the people in my neighborhood…

So I’m trying to catch up on the news of our “new” neighborhood… and (courtesy of great local blog Northeast Beat) I’ve discovered two lovely little facts:

1. We’re about 500 feet from Shoreham Yards, an “Industrial Business Park Opportunity Area” (and uber-polluted “Brownfield”)

2. There’s an abandoned house… oh, about a block away that, due to the owner’s admitted “stupidity” and “overeagerness” (hey, join the house-flipping revolution, Jim!) has remained vacant for a few years, and thus has become a hub for drug dealing, etc.

Sweet.