Friedman, Thomas L. "Flexing Faith," New York Times, 6 December 1987, p. E7.

 

Friedman, Thomas L. "Flexing Faith," New York Times, 6 December 1987, p. E7.

Here is an item which is quoted in its entirety from this week's "Headliners":

"The Rev. Bruce Ritter has stepped on a toe or two practicing what he calls ‘Muscular
Christianity,' but his enemies have a tendency to forgive him. In his newly published book,
‘Covenant House: Lifeline to the Street,' Father Ritter said that when he set out to shelter
runaway youths 18 years ago, he sometimes forced drug addicts out of apartments by paying
burglars to steal their possessions. He would then use the apartments as shelters. ‘The Holy Spirit
made me do it,' he said. More recently, he incurred the wrath of Mayor Koch, who said he played
‘dirty pool' in submitting a last-minute, winning bid on a building the Mayor wanted to use as a
jail. But last week, Mr. Koch took a softer view. ‘Because of all his good works, we would all
forgive him,' the Mayor said."