STONE PARK, Ill., Feb. 8 (UPI) — Catholic nuns living in Stone Park, Ill., say they’re angry about a strip club being built next door.
The Missionary Sisters of Saint Charles Borromeo – Scalabrinians said the Stone Park village board approved plans for a strip club next to their west suburban Chicago convent, which contains facilities for sick and elderly nuns as well a housing for novices seeking to enter the order, the Chicago Sun-Times/Better Government Association reported Wednesday.
“What are we trying to teach the children in the neighborhood?” Sister Marissonia Daltoe said. “Also, our novices, we’re trying to form them to live a religious life, a missionary life, and it’s so ironic that right behind them is this place,”
The nuns said they’re looking into whether the club, which will be called “Get It,” was built too close to their property line. They are also complaining that the convent and other neighbors were not informed of the project before it was approved by the village board.
Stone Park Village Attorney Dean Krone said letters were sent out prior to the hearing on the project’s approval, but the letter intended for the nuns ended up at the wrong address.
“I was upset to learn this, but at that point, there was really nothing we could do,” he said.
He said the letters are a voluntary practice and not a legal requirement.