Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Pope's sharp words make a wealthy donor hesitate


Caruso-Cabrerra with a report about a big anonymous "donor" who doesn't cotton to the Pope's recent public observations and opining about economic inequalities,  report here, excerpts:

At issue is an effort to raise $180 million for the restoration of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York being spearheaded by billionaire Ken Langone, the investor known for founding Home Depot, among other things. [Ed: "hey Ken, can you pass me the Phillips head?" ... "Is that the pointy one?"]
Langone told CNBC that one potential seven-figure donor is concerned about statements from the pope criticizing market economies as "exclusionary," urging the rich to give more to the poor and criticizing a "culture of prosperity" that leads some to become "incapable of feeling compassion for the poor."  
Langone said he's raised the issue more than once with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, most recently at a breakfast in early December at which he updated him on fundraising progress.
"I've told the cardinal, 'Your Eminence, this is one more hurdle I hope we don't have to deal with. You want to be careful about generalities. Rich people in one country don't act the same as rich people in another country,' " he said. 
Dolan told CNBC that he had heard from Langone and said, " 'Well, Ken, that would be a misunderstanding of the Holy Father's message. The pope loves poor people. He also loves rich people.' ... So I said, 'Ken, thanks for bringing it to my attention. We've gotta correct to make sure this gentleman understands the Holy Father's message properly.' And then I think he's gonna say, 'Oh, OK. If that's the case, count me in for St. Patrick's Cathedral.' "
Sounds like the bishop is going to try to spin the Pope's message to appease "the donor" and get the dollars for the construction project.

This is a soft corruption we can see at work here within the financial operations of "the church".

11 comments:

Dan Kervick said...

What a riot.

Tom Hickey said...

In case anyone didn't realize it already, a primary role of the bishop is chief fundraiser, just like politicians soliciting campaign funds for the next election. The job goes to the best fundraisers. That's how the selection process works.

The Just Gatekeeper said...

I remember last year I saw that Wall Street Journal hack Steve Moore at mass at St. Matthew's in DC. I almost vomited on the pew. The message just doesn't get through to some people I guess.

Marian Ruccius said...

Hey, I heard that if you pay enough to build a Cathedral in Rome or New York, you can bypass purgatory and go straight to heaven! Just ask Pope Leo or Pope Julius!

Pope Francis has other views, I sense.

googleheim said...
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Matt Franko said...

Ha goog!

I dont see how Luther's reformation within "the church" could have been directly causal to that atrocity that would occur 500 years later...

They way I look at it the Holocaust was just another in a long line of human atrocities fomented within a society characterized by out of control metal-love by humans that goes all the way back thru all documented human history....

former greats Babylon/Rome/(probably Israel) etc... all taken down and we see in all these cases the symptom of metal love running rampant at the transitions... and mass chaos and carnage follows....

so I see the key thing going forward from here is to #1 continue to stay off the metals and #2 eventually humans broadly reach a full understanding of the underlying ailment (ie. inverted/blind view of authority) for which the metal-love is the symptom....

rsp,




Michael Norman said...

Langone is a crude, low life. I met him many times when I was still at Fox.

As for Carruso-Cabrera, her mindless and rote regurgitation of Ayn Rand; her unabashed love of corporatism...who need Bartiromo when you've got her.

googleheim said...

Ok I delete... did not read everything.

Yes, the american version of pope's comments will be filtered cut pasted and massaged as not to be offensive for rich

Let them eat jelly beans

Tom Hickey said...

What will actually happen is that the rich folks will get a personal meeting with their bishops in which the bishop will explain to them what the pope "really" meant, in other words, not to worry.

Dan Kervick said...

For this members of the elite rich laity, the Pope is just a hired hand in a renaissance dress meant to dazzle the rubes and keep them in line - not their spiritual leader. They believe they write the rules and are above the message.

Matt Franko said...

Well, looks like Langone did his homework on the etiquette:

Rule 13:

http://www.wikihow.com/Address-Catholic-Clergy

"Address a Cardinal. During a formal introduction, a Cardinal should be introduced as “His Eminence, (First Name) Cardinal (Last Name), Archbishop of (Location).” He should be directly addressed as “Your Eminence” or “Cardinal (Last Name)” – or, on paper, as “His Eminence, (First Name) Cardinal (Last Name), Archbishop of (Location).”

Just before he told 'his Eminence' to tell the Pope to go fuck himself.....