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A real asset-- and there's still hope!

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 15, 2006

Let's say you've lent me some money-- a lot of money-- $17 million, in fact-- and that's not counting the separate $23 million bank loan for which you co-signed. Let's say I used that money to invest in the Acme Widget Corporation.

Now you're getting nervous, because Acme widgets aren't selling, and the company loses more money every year. But fear not! I issue a statement to reassure you:

This Acme Widget Corporation is, and it's going to be, a great corporation, a great asset, and there is great hope for it.

You look at that statement carefully. You wonder: Why do we have to hold out "great hope," if it's such a "great asset" already? And again you wonder: If it is a great corporation, what's the sense in saying that it's going to be a great corporation? Oh, yes, and if it is so great, why doesn't the product sell?

All good questions-- very similar to the questions that the good Catholic laity of Detroit might now be asking about Cardinal Maida's investment in the John Paul II Cultural Center.

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  • Posted by: Cupertino - Sep. 15, 2006 10:54 PM ET USA

    The Center is hard to get to and disappointing to many once there. Did anyone do an analysis to determine whether there was any market for the Center before it was built? Or whether its location far away from the center of things in DC was a good idea? I'm guessing there was no objective and impartial discussion of either of these issues. I live in DC and know no one who thought the location made sense.

  • Posted by: hUMPTY dUMPTY - Sep. 15, 2006 4:40 PM ET USA

    Isn't JPII & Culture an oxymoron? WWJD?

  • Posted by: - Sep. 15, 2006 4:24 PM ET USA

    I have been to the JPII center many times and have always enjoyed the special exhibits and the prayerful nature of my time there. I never knew it was being funded like this. Now I don't know what to do.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 15, 2006 4:21 PM ET USA

    The Iraq war was necessary, the child abuse scandals had nothing to do with homosexuality, earmarks are a good reason to increase the deficity, and the JPII CC will someday repay its loans. It would be cynical and uncharitable to suggest otherwise.

  • Posted by: poor soul - Sep. 15, 2006 12:24 PM ET USA

    A better way, imho, for American Priests and Bishops to nuture the legacy of JPII is to teach the Faith and not water it down. All the buildings in the world are worthless otherwise.

  • Posted by: JW - Sep. 15, 2006 12:21 PM ET USA

    The JPII Cultural Center has its fans, but in my opinion is just about the most boring place to visit you can imagine. It's no wonder it has not been a success.

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