A unit of Chicago-based nuns are suing Club Allure, a local strip club, for littering the streets with filth reported Reuters Tuesday. The Missionary Sisters of Saint Charles Borromeo Scalabrinians are fed up with the noise, brawls, lights and garbage, which is comprised of used condoms and empty liquor bottles left in the mission's backyard.
The nuns’ lawsuit isn’t a bunch of “nunsense.” According to Reuters the strip club recently opened last September, and in the nine months of operations have violated the coded “buffer zone between adult entertainment venues and houses of worship.” Club Allure is located across the rear fence of the convent. Three chapels are present in the mission that also serves as home to retired nuns and postulants, those women entering the Catholic vocation. The complaint focuses around the “sisters’ right to pray and work peacefully,” says Peter Breen, the lawyer representing the nuns suing the strip club, “without disruption from a strip club in their backyard.”
The Chicago nuns’ suit was filed in Cook County on Friday and also lists the Village of Stone Park, the area where the strip club rests. The Club Allure violates the state of Illinois mandate that says a “1,000 foot buffer zone” is required between the strip club and the convent. However, Dean Krone, the attorney for Stone Park, stated that particular area has a one mile restriction, and suggested the “1,000 foot limit is unconstitutional” as it would restrict any type of adult venue within all of the “small towns in the county, which then violates free speech protections.”
The Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo * Scalabrinians were founded in 1895 by Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini in Piacenza, Italy. The nuns mission to migrants, refugees, the poor and those in need. The strip club sued by the nuns has yet to make a public statement.