All eight members of Bridgeport’s state legislative delegation have signed onto a letter asking Attorney General William Tong to investigate predatory lending practices that they assert contributed to the foreclosure of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in the East End, according to a news release issued by State Senator Marilyn Moore.
Pastor Kenneth Moales Jr. called on city and state officials to look into the situation.
Delegation letter sent to Tong:
This week Pastor Kenneth Moales, Jr. reached out asking for assistance with a crisis regarding the Prayer Tabernacle Church of God and Cathedral of the Holy Spirit located in Bridgeport at 729 Union Avenue. Pastor Moales indicated the church and related properties were under siege from what he is describing as a predatory lender. The dilemma has been ongoing for several years and the properties are now in foreclosure. As background the church has been a beacon of light in Bridgeport and this week is celebrating its 52nd year anniversary. It’s founder, the late Bishop Kenneth Moales, Sr. was a well-respected, nationally known leader both in the secular and faith communities.
The members of the Bridgeport delegation are requesting your office to investigate the practices that took place over several years with the lender that contributed to the foreclosure. According to documents the lender was not authorized to do business in the State of Connecticut and several other churches in multiple states have experienced similar problems with the lender. We are not expecting your office to intervene on the foreclosure; however, many of the instances that were shared during a press conference and virtual meeting with members of the delegation, Mayor Ganim, City Council members, and other clergy suggest that they should be investigated.
At the request of Pastor Moales I am taking the lead and have the support of members of the delegation in making this request. Please respond to Senator Marilyn Moore for more information and a response.
Senator Marilyn Moore
Senator Dennis Bradley
Rep. Andre Baker, Jr.
Rep. Antonio Felipe
Rep. Jack Hennessy
Rep. Christopher Rosario
Rep. Steve Stafstrom
Rep. Charlie Stallworth