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Catholic University leaders rebut critics, defend Koch foundation grant

Catholic World News - February 21, 2014

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, John Garvey and Andrew Abela—the president of Catholic University of America and dean of the business school, respectively—explain why they will not bow to pressure to return a $1 million gift to the school from the Charles Koch Foundation.

The Charles Koch Foundation has made other grants to 270 American colleges and universities, including 25 Catholic institutions, Garvey and Abela point out. The critics of the grant to Catholic University, they argue, are attempting to make the argument that the political views advanced by the Charles Koch Foundation are incompatible with the Catholic faith. Garvey and Abela reject that notion, and say that “it would be a mistake to stifle debate by pretending that genuinely controversial positions are official church teaching.”

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  • Posted by: Baseballbuddy - Feb. 24, 2014 10:38 AM ET USA

    Therefore, whoever donates should know also that the gift will not be used for purposes contrary to Church teaching.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Feb. 21, 2014 6:43 PM ET USA

    I found this on the Koch website: In 1979, the Koch Foundation was established by Carl and Paula Koch to fund evangelization activities of the Roman Catholic faith throughout the world. At that time, the Foundation was relatively small with market value assets of $6,914,090. Since then, it has become one of the largest Catholic foundations in the United States. Our mission is built on the Koch's vision "to strengthen and propagate the Roman Catholic faith. . .evangelization" Objectionable?

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