...and getting slapped in the face for it by the neighbors. Shame to say - it's in my diocese. Hat tip to Rocco at Whispers in the Loggia. (Hey, whatever happened to that parody blog, Lispers in the Woggia, btw?)
Two Italian-American parishes not far from each other at all - St. Bartholemew's in Providence's Silver Lake neighborhood, and St. Rocco's in Johnston. Both parishes are staffed by the Missionaries of St. Charles (Scalabrinians). St. Rocco's was gracious enough to help out St. Bart's by running a joint carnival on the St. Rocco's grounds. Of course, leave it to the neighbors and Johnston town officials to do the bickoring. I obviously applaud the pastors of both parishes for their efforts. And the nasty letters are anonymous, meaning that they come from people with no backbone.
It's a shame! I personally think it's a racism thing, but of course people will deny it (St. Bart's does have a sizeable Hispanic population in addition to their Italian population).
Here's the article from the Providence Journal. Read it and weep!