cross-post from A Catholic View
Bill Cosby can speak on any stage in the country with no questions asked – except for the lawn of St. Ambrose in Park Heights.
Father Paul Zaborowski, O.F.M. Cap., the church’s pastor, had one demand for the comedian before he addressed a crowd of hundreds at a July 31 Baltimore City-organized neighborhood block party: He needed to speak with the youths of the parish.
The legendary entertainer and activist happily obliged.
“That’s all we asked for, and the children just loved it,” said Father Zaborowski. “He came from inner-city experiences as well and made it big. It’s a really good example for them and it’s very important.”
Minutes after offering words of encouragement for the children of St. Ambrose, Mr. Cosby emerged from the church’s front doors to a throng of admirers. Locals pressed forward to get close to a gate surrounding the large stage on the church lawn, and camera flashbulbs popped as he came into view.