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Atheist gives $5.6M to New York Catholic schools

Catholic World News - August 10, 2010

Robert Wilson, an 83-year-old atheist who made his fortune managing a hedge fund, has donated $5.6 million to Archdiocese of New York. The gift will help Catholic schools track down and solicit funds from alumni.

“Most of what the Catholic schools teach are the three Rs,” says Mr. Wilson. “And they do it better than the union-controlled inner-city schools.”

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  • Posted by: kathimcnamee11450 - Aug. 10, 2010 6:25 PM ET USA

    Now let's all start praying for the conversion of Robert Wilson. And thanking him (and the Holy Spirit) for his generosity!!

  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 10, 2010 1:06 PM ET USA

    With the assault on the Church coming from so many different quadrants, it is nice to be reminded that there are those who might be outside the Catholic sphere of influence who see that we do some things well. Catholic primary education usually gets the short end of the stick as Catholic high schools and universities are usually spotlighted. It is here, though, that Catholic minds begin to be molded and why it is so important that these schools continue.

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