Catholic Culture Dedication
Catholic Culture Dedication

When the rich cry poverty

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Oct 26, 2020

A truly hilarious comment appears in this NPR story about Catholic activism:

Where conservative Catholics have the edge on more progressive Catholics is that they have set up networks and institutions that allow them to get together,” says Cathleen Kaveny, a theologian and legal scholar at Boston College who writes often on Catholic issues.

It seems to me those “more progressive Catholics” get together every day in the faculty lounges at Boston College, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Fordham, and a dozen other Catholic universities. But wait; I interrupted Kaveny’s warning about the conservative-Catholic behemoth:

My impression is that they’ve got quite a lot of money. Liberal Catholics tend not to have that amount of money.

Riiiiight. As examples of those well-heeled conservative groups, the NPR story mentions CatholicVote.Org, the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, and the Catholic League. Combine the annual budgets of all three of those organizations, and you might have enough to run one of the smaller Jesuit universities for a couple of weeks...

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: FredC - Oct. 28, 2020 9:43 AM ET USA

    In religion and politics, the left frequently accuses the right of the wrongs that the left is doing.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Oct. 27, 2020 7:33 PM ET USA

    Down here in Texas the radical abortion-loving Wendy Davis is attracting liberal money from all over the country, outspending the pro-life Republican like 3 to 1. So why don't the liberal "Catholics" so-called go to Soros and the other super-rich who would like to destroy the Church?

  • Posted by: Fr Eric Lepanto - Oct. 27, 2020 9:42 AM ET USA

    Great observation. Difficult to respond the NPR reporter as I'm laughing. Here's a story. In the Catholic world, who attracts more, liberal or conservatives? There is no doubt that, much more than liberals, conservatives (faithful) make the sacrifices to stand together in public witness. Just look at the March for Life.