Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $36,784 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

almsgiving XV

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 08, 2004

Suppose you're the president of a Pittsburgh Catholic university with 9,600 students. Before assuming your current position, you directed the Creighton Center for Health Policy and Ethics and were acting president of Creighton University. You have $500 in your pocket and are inspired to give it away. To whom, or what, do you direct your alms?

(a) to the National Catholic Bioethics Center

(b) to another spiritual or corporal work of mercy

(c) to John Kerry for President, Inc.

If you're Charles J. Dougherty, president of Duquesne University, your answer is (c).

Interestingly, it looks like somebody-- perhaps Dr. Dougherty, perhaps a Kerry campaign staff member-- wanted to make it difficult for this donation to come to light. The federal election record states that the Charles J. Dougherty who made the donation is 'not employed'; yet the Charles J. Dougherty who is president of Duquesne has the exact same address (according to a publicly available university document) as the ostensibly unemployed Kerry donor of the same name.

(Kudos to the sharp OTR reader who asked whether the donor Charles J. Dougherty might be the university president's son. According to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the president does not have a son by that name.)

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 ($125,163 to go):
$150,000.00 $24,837.05
83% 17%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org 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 3 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: - Sep. 09, 2004 1:09 PM ET USA

    We must continue to spread the word, loud and clear: certain "Catholic" schools are NOT Catholic !

  • Posted by: Cantor Rich - Sep. 09, 2004 1:42 AM ET USA

    Did he not wish to be named by Diogenes, was he somehow ashamed at the same time for giving to Mr Kerry(in which case there is hope for him yet), or is he simply an abject liar, who has no business being president of Duquesne(or employed by them in any capacity)?

  • Posted by: - Sep. 08, 2004 8:55 PM ET USA

    It does not come as a surprise; Creighton is a jesuit College!

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

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Church Moves On, Slowly 8 hours ago
Is Cardinal Kasper losing his grip? 13 hours ago
The Pope is not the problem October 23
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. October 23
Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal October 22

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