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By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 11, 2008

At this year's Catholic Charities CYO Loaves & Fishes Awards Dinner and Gala -- so reports the Archdiocese of San Francisco newspaper -- Archbishop George Niederauer will present the prizes:

The outstanding philanthropic works honor will go to George M. Marcus, founder and chairman of The Marcus & Millichap Co., a real estate investment firm. A CCCYO statement extolled his "concern for enhancing the overall lives of local children and the elderly" and his specific support for International Orthodox Christian Charities, Avenidas, and the John Burton Foundation for Children without Homes.

The California Catholic Daily raises this question about the honorand:

Did Marcus' "concern" for children, include an Oct. 6, 2005 gift of $25,000 to "No on Proposition 73 Campaign for Teen Safety"? Proposition 73, which received support from the California Conference of Catholic Bishops, would have required that parents of an underage girl be notified before she has an abortion. Proposition 85 was a similar notification measure, which Marcus opposed by giving the "No on 85" campaign $25,000 on Sept. 26, 2006. Less than two weeks later, Marcus gave the same organization another $75,000.

Marcus supported another ballot measure opposed by California's Catholic bishops. On Aug. 16, 2004, he gave $50,000 to the "Yes on 71" campaign -- which pushed a ballot measure authorizing $3.5 billion for embryonic stem cell research.

The Archdiocese commends Marcus for enhancing "the overall lives of local children and the elderly." Briefer but better, right?

You'll be pleased to learn that the Archdiocese's corporate philanthropy award will go to Levi Strauss & Co. -- a company known to share Marcus' regard for Catholic moral doctrine -- for "preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS both in the Bay Area and around the world."

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 12, 2008 12:41 AM ET USA

    I sould have been better -- even helpful --ifthe official praises for Marcus had included also an expression of the Church's disappointment about Marcus' support of legalized attacks on innocent and helpless human life. Praise the good a man does? Yes! -- But at the same moment be in a cowardly silence to condemn the horrendous evils he promotes! NO! -- Fr Edward.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 11, 2008 3:39 PM ET USA

    Pertinent Macbeth quotes: "Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under 't." "Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand?" "There 's daggers in men's smiles" "Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red" The ultimate quote of the politician caring nothing for moral Scandal: "what 's done is done" All quotes are from Shakespeare's Macbeth.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 11, 2008 9:55 AM ET USA

    Thank God for the internet, the California Catholic Daily and CWN. At last we are beginning to see what our shepherds are up to!

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