Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $40,250 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on

almsgiving III

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 02, 2004

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.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($127,743 to go):
$150,000.00 $22,256.70
85% 15%
Sound Off! supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 4 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • 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.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on

Recent Catholic Commentary

Cardinal Kasper's unsubtle threat 0 hours ago
When Catholics are less Catholic than non-Catholics 20 hours ago
Cardinal Kasper's nose is growing again October 18
Challenge Grant Begins as Synod Ends October 17
What's wrong with this Synod, IV: Unprepared for marriage October 17

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6