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Convent files lawsuit against Chicago strip club

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/18/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Nuns say that club violates ordinance, is noisy and brings litter, used condoms to neighborhood

The Sisters of Saint Charles, a convent of nuns in Chicago Illinois, has filed a lawsuit against the nearby strip club, Club Allure. The nuns allege that the club brings in an undesirable element, loud, throbbing music is heard all over the neighborhood and disrupts their life of cloistered prayer.

Representatives for Club Allure say they aren't a nuisance to the nuns and the lawsuit's claims aren't backed up by police reports.

Representatives for Club Allure say they aren't a nuisance to the nuns and the lawsuit's claims aren't backed up by police reports.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
6/18/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Chicago, strip club, noise, zoning ordinances, lawsuit


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Filing their lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court last week, the nuns also say that the club violates Illinois zoning laws, which require a 1,000-foot buffer between adult entertainment facilities and places of worship.

The sisters' property in Melrose Park includes three chapels. The strip club opened in the neighboring village of Stone Park in September.

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One of the nuns from convent in Stone Park spoke to journalists about the strip club that the conven

One of the nuns from convent in Stone Park spoke to journalists about the strip club that the convent is suing.


The nuns say that they have witnessed "public violence, drunkenness and litter, including empty whiskey and beer bottles, discarded contraceptive packages and products and even used condoms." The lawsuit also mentions "pulsating and rhythmic staccato-beat noise and flashing neon and or strobe lights" that disturb the nuns.
 
"Our sisters' sacred space has been invaded," Sister Noemia Silva told newspaper reporters. "At night now they hear the music when they're praying. That's uncalled for."

Map showing the location of The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles in relation to Club Allure in Chic

Map showing the location of The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles in relation to Club Allure in Chicago.


Attorney Peter Breen of the Thomas More Society, a Chicago-based public interest law firm representing the convent, says that the nuns have a right to pray and work peacefully without interference.

Stone Park Village Attorney Dean Krone said the village has acted legally and reasonably.

Representatives for Club Allure say they aren't a nuisance to the nuns and the lawsuit's claims aren't backed up by police reports.

Allure Gentlemen

Allure Gentlemen's Club is bothering the nuns by being too loud and causing drunken guests to leave litter, including used condoms on the street.


Club Allure manager Robert Itzkow points out that while the Bible says, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," he says that the nuns themselves are not being very neighborly.

"We spent an awful lot of money to make sure that this kind of thing would not occur," Itzkow says. "The whole thing is just a question of 'we don't like you; you don't conform to our religious beliefs.'"

The club's dancers, he says, "aren't monsters. They're daughters; they're mothers, and some of them are Catholics too."

The strip club, Club Allure, pictured from the outside in the Chicago suburb.

The strip club, Club Allure, pictured from the outside in the Chicago suburb.


In the meantime, the village of Melrose Park and three of its residents joined the nuns in the lawsuit.

"We are violated," neighbor Patricia Zito says. "We have a new generation of young families who should not put up with this."

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