almsgiving V

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 16, 2004

Which archbishop, now retired, gave $500 to John Kerry back in 1989-- 4 years after Kerry made his first impassioned defense of legalized abortion as a newly elected senator?

The gift wasn't the archbishop's only venture into politics: he gave $1,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 1988, and 4 years later, he gave $500 to a Republican candidate who at the time was pro-life.

(a) Archbishop Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee

(b) Archbishop John Quinn of San Francisco

(c) Archbishop Francis Zayek, shepherd of the Eastern rite Eparchy of St. Maron in Brooklyn.

If you guessed (c), you're right. A reprise:

  • almsgiving I: Fr. Stephen Wolf (state chaplain, Tennessee Knights of Columbus; vocation formation director, Diocese of Nashville; board of directors, Tennessee Catholic Charities) gave $2,000 to the Kerry presidential campaign.
  • almsgiving II: Fr. Patrick Kennedy (Archdiocese of Denver; vocal critic of Bishop Sheridan of Colorado Springs) gave $250 to the Democratic National Committee.
  • almsgiving III: William Carroll (president of Benedictine University) gave $250 to the Prairie Political Action Committee, which supports Democratic candidates.
  • almsgiving IV: Monsignor R. Donald Kiernan (vicar general of the Archdiocese of Atlanta) gave $250 to Richard Gephardt.
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    • Posted by: - Jul. 21, 2004 12:06 PM ET USA

      Byzantine Latino's comments ring true for professionals: I know the head of an agricultural association who gave money to Sen. Feinstein solely so that his association could have access. But I wonder about the extent to which that would apply here. Why would Father Wolf give money to Kerry, not Bush? Why would Msgr. Kiernan give money to Gephardt? Why would Archbishop Zayek give $1,000 to the Demorcatic senatorial committee? It seems more plausible that ideological affinity is at work here.

    • Posted by: Fr. William - Jul. 21, 2004 1:17 AM ET USA

      Thank you, Diogenes, for bringing these ordained men into the Light of Christ (John 3:16-21). Clearly, their deeds have been done in darkness these past few years.

    • Posted by: Fr. William - Jul. 21, 2004 1:15 AM ET USA

      First, let's pray. Then, let's ask: Now that they have actively participated in funding the slaughter of pre-born children, will these men, ordained to the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ, now refrain from offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and from receiving Holy Communion? Will their bishops (brother bishops or the Holy Father in the case of his excellency Zayek) step in to remove or exorcise these traitors who are directly misleading their parishioners? Will a millstone be employed?

    • Posted by: Byzantine Latino - Jul. 20, 2004 8:20 PM ET USA

      Although, I cannot comment with accuracy as to why these men gave to these particular candidates, I would speculate that donations were given to particular candidates not because the donor agreed with the candidates positions, but for access. Politicans don't view contributions as endorsements of their voting record, but as "buying" the opportunity to meet with a politician.

    • Posted by: Brad - Jul. 16, 2004 3:13 PM ET USA

      So we can't speak about "political issues" in church but we can take the people's money and secretly support candidates? How ethical, how Christian.

    • Posted by: - Jul. 16, 2004 11:57 AM ET USA

      With "leaders" such as these, it is no wonder so many are not willing to be "followers." Mother Teresa once wrote: "Do not wait for leaders; follow GOD, then do what you must alone."