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After 18 months a "pro-life Catholic pharmacy" in Chantilly, VA, closed -- was "losing in the tens of thousands of dollars per month."  Did not sell contraceptives of any kind.

Nor did they sell cosmetics, cigarettes, or dirty books.

Must have been the absence of dirty books that did them in.

The Old Redneck does not like to chuckle at the hardships of others.  After all, each of us is one heartbeat, one traffic accident, one illness away from disaster.

In this case, I'll make an exception.

From the Washington Times (or, rather, from what's left of the Moonie Times -- maybe they'll be next to go under).

DMC Pharmacy, a pro-life Catholic pharmacy that opened with much fanfare in Chantilly, Va., in October 2008, closed last month because of lack of funds.

"We could not make it work financially," said Robert Laird, executive director for the pharmacy, whose letters stood for Divine Mercy Care. "We could never get that big push to make it viable and finally the board of directors said enough was enough."

By the time the store closed March 4, it was losing in the tens of thousands of dollars per month. When it opened 18 months ago at a cost of $350,000 just as the national economy was in a free fall, the 1,500-square-foot store on Metrotech Drive did not stock birth control pills, condoms, cigarettes or pornographic magazines.

It did have booklets on natural family planning below a picture of St. John Leonardi, the patron saint of pharmacists.

It was one of seven pharmacies in the country that refused to dispense contraceptives for moral reasons, on the grounds they caused abortions, lead to promiscuity or endangered a woman's health.

Situated next to a Catholic bookstore, the founders hoped to attract clientele from St. Timothy and St. Veronica, two nearby Catholic parishes totaling 20,000 members. Within five miles were four other booming churches with 30,000 Catholics. And it was situated in the fast-growing Diocese of Arlington with 428,417 adherents.

But regular customers never materialized in great numbers.

The times article goes on to say:

Situated next to a Catholic bookstore, the founders hoped to attract clientele from St. Timothy and St. Veronica, two nearby Catholic parishes totaling 20,000 members. Within five miles were four other booming churches with 30,000 Catholics. And it was situated in the fast-growing Diocese of Arlington with 428,417 adherents.

Hmmmmm.  Does the Pope know about this -- his flock apparently is reading dirty books and using birth control.  Using cosmetics and smoking, too.  And trafficking in promiscuity!!!!

Originally posted to Old Redneck on Thu Apr 08, 2010 at 08:22 PM PDT.

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