Suppose you're the lay president of a Benedictine university. According to your university's tax return (a public record), your salary is $194,849 (plus $11,691 for benefits, plus $29,850 for expenses and other allowances). Having prayed and worked, you turn your thoughts to almsgiving, and you're inspired to give away $250. To whom, or what, do you direct your alms?
(a) Like many laity concerned about the sacred liturgy, you give to Adoremus.
(b) Like many laity concerned about the religious life, you give to a thriving Benedictine monastery like Solesmes or Clear Creek.
(c) Like Planned Parenthood executive director Judith Barringer, you give $250 to the Prairie Political Action Committee, which has distributed $125,000 to the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates (and $0 to the GOP and Republican candidates) in the past two years.
If you're William J. Carroll, president of Benedictine University in Illinois, your answer is (c). And you wouldn't be alone: Benedictine University development director Bradley F. Carlson has given $1,075 to the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates (including $400 to Gore-Lieberman) since 2000.
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Posted by: patriot6908 -
Jul. 02, 2004 5:11 PM ET USA
My brother went there when it was Saint Procopius College. They had a boarding school there. They also had their own farm and raised their own live stock. What a far cry from Benedictine monks at work and prayer to the quiche crowd supporting the party of Moloch. And a measly $250 at that! Talk about being both hypocritical and cheap!
Posted by: -
Jul. 02, 2004 2:09 PM ET USA
Misdeeds upon misdeeds: violation of Ex Corde Eccesiae and defiance of Church authority by supporting for pro-choice entities.
Posted by: -
Jul. 02, 2004 12:08 PM ET USA
Diogenes - you failed to mention that Dr. Carroll received his Ph. D. from the Catholic University of America. One would like to think that the premier Catholic University in America would turn out graduates who have enough sophistication to see the harm in supporting (directly or indirectly) a political party that officially supports virtually unlimited access to abortion in this country. Wishful thinking comes up short again.
Posted by: -
Jul. 02, 2004 12:03 PM ET USA
Diogenes - thanks for digging up these unknown facts. I've got six years before my son goes to college. With so many potential choices I appreciate being able to pare down the list by rejecting unacceptable schools. To this concerned parent, a "Catholic" school is unacceptable when it fails to live up to the Faith and Tradition of the Catholic Church. We all know it isn't the buildings or the football teams that make a difference - its the faculty and administration.