Jeff Abbas of Postville Radio has another good interview, this time with Minister Paul Real and Father Paul Oudekirk of St. Bridget's Catholic Church. St. Bridget's has coordinated the feeding, shelter and healthcare for Agriprocessors displaced workers and has also fed dozens of new Agriprocessors hires too poor to buy food.
These clergy claim Rabbi Pesach Lerner's…
….account of their meeting is inaccurate.
Most of the first section is taken up with where the meeting was held. It seems picky, but you should realize for non-Jews, the difference between a Catholic Church and a Lutheren Church is very evident and significant.
But the end of part one deals with more important issues for us, especially Lerner's claim that Agriprocessors stocks Postville's food shelf., which REal and Ouedekirk strongly refuted.
Another mistaken claim made by Lerner – meeting with a Lutheran minister who is the head of the food shelf board – is false.
A Postville source tells me Agriprocessors set up a meeting with a Presbyterian minister, Rev. Gary Catterson, because he is very tied to Postville business interests and supportive of Agriprocessors.
Did Rev. Catterson say Agriprocessors "keeps the food shelf stocked,: as Lerner claimed?
I haven't reached Catterson yet. When I do, I'll be able to tell you if Catterson said it, or if Lerner is again mistaken. [UPDATE 8-7-08: Apparently Catterson said something like this because he's quoted this way in the Jewish Press, as well. But Ouderkirk and Real say Catterson's statement is false. I spoke with Ouderkirk today and he again repeated that.]
Listen to all three sections if you can:
Each section is about seven minutes long.
Rabbi Lerner's full appearance on Zev Brenner's Talkline Radio Network show can be heard here. Real and Ouedekirk listen to and then respond to clips from this interview.
While I was waiting to hear the interview as it aired, I heard Postville Radio's 1 PM newscast – Arutz Sheva's English language broadcast. Wild!