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almsgiving II

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 16, 2004

Suppose you're a longtime (ordained 1953) priest of the Archdiocese of Denver and pastor of Our Lady of Grace Church in Denver. You have $250 in your pocket and are inspired to give it away. To whom, or what, do you direct your alms?

(a) To a corporal work of mercy-- say, the Missionaries of Charity.

(b) To a spiritual work of mercy-- say, EWTN.

(c) To the Democratic National Committee Services Corporation.

If you're Father Patrick J. 'how can you use Communion as a whipping stone' Kennedy, your answer is (c).

P.S. Father Stephen J. Wolf, the Nashville vocation director who gave $2,000 to the Kerry presidential campaign, is also state chaplain of the Tennessee Knights of Columbus.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2004 3:53 PM ET USA

    If the parishioners of OLOG and the Tenn.KofC Chapter have any claim on that cash they should be loud and long in their condemnation of the misuse of their funds by the priests in question. If they have no claim to the money (i.e., it is the priests' personal funds), they should be loud and long in their condemnation of the priests' contrary example of pastoral leadership -- i.e., leading the faithful astray.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2004 3:39 PM ET USA

    Fr. Kenney, it seems, has too much disposable income. This is yet another example why American Catholics need to utilize the power of prayer AND the power of the purse to bring the clergy in line with the Faith they have supposedly pledged to believe and teach. $250 could be better spent supporting a convent of contemplative Carmelites who make reparation for the sins of errant Catholic Democrats and Republicans who support abortion.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2004 2:40 PM ET USA

    Very interesting! I have long thought that such political "inclinations" explained why so many priests and bishops are unwilling to defend the Eucharist. The exhortations of St. Paul and Canon 915 are ignored, the faithful are scandalized, and the publicly pro-abortion politicians who are given the Holy Eucharist are endangering their eternal souls...but very few priests or bishops seem to care about that. God help us!

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