Skip to comments.Kochh Brothers’ Donation to Catholic University Stirs Protests
Posted on 12/17/2013 7:39:21 PM PST by marshmallow
(RNS) Dozens of Catholic leaders are protesting the decision by the Catholic University of America to accept a large donation from the foundation of Charles Koch, a billionaire industrialist who is an influential supporter of libertarian-style policies that critics say run counter to church teaching.
Charles Koch and his brother, David, fund organizations that advance public policies that directly contradict Catholic teaching on a range of moral issues from economic justice to environmental stewardship, says a four-page letter to CUA President John Garvey, released Monday (Dec 16)
The letter was signed by 50 priests, social justice advocates, theologians and other academics, including several faculty at CUA in Washington.
The $1 million grant from the Charles Koch Foundation was announced last month. Along with $500,000 from the Busch Family Foundation, the Koch gift will underwrite the hiring of three visiting scholars and a visiting scholar-practitioner from the business world.
As you well know, Catholic social teaching articulates a positive role for government, an indispensable role for unions, just tax policies, and the need for prudent regulation of financial markets in service of the common good, said the letter, also directed to Andrew Abela, dean of CUAs new School of Business and Economics.
We are concerned that by accepting such a donation you send a confusing message to Catholic students and other faithful Catholics that the Koch brothers anti-government, Tea Party ideology has the blessing of a university sanctioned by Catholic bishops, it continues.
CUA is the only Catholic university in the U.S. that is sponsored and partially funded directly by the American hierarchy; most other Catholic schools are operated by religious orders. It is also a pontifical university, meaning it is certified by the Vatican.
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“As you well know, Catholic social teaching articulates a positive role for government, an indispensable role for unions, just tax policies..”
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA stop stop my guts are killing me
Gee, hardly anybody complained when Andrew Greeley gave $1 million to the religious studies department at the University of Chicago.
So fifty priests are against accepting money from the Koch brothers because their views are counter to Catholic teaching?
Isn’t abortion against Catholic teaching? Yet Pelosi is a Catholic. Where is their petition on that issue?
Isn’t homosexal relations between priests and altar boys against Catholic teaching? Where is their petition on that issue?
Maybe if the Koch brothers gave 10 million instead of 1 million the reaction would be different.
What is it Churchill was alleged to have said: We have now determined what you are, let’s not haggle over the price.
“As you well know, Catholic social teaching articulates a positive role for government, an indispensable role for unions, just tax policies, and the need for prudent regulation of financial markets in service of the common good”
If this is true, the Catholic Church is meddling where it has no business nor understanding.
I’m guessing that the average Tea Partier gives more to charitable causes than any 10 social justice advocates.
I checked carefully. This was not written by John Semmens, The Arizona Conservative.
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CUA always manages to be a lightning rod for criticism because it actually follows Church doctrine. Like when Banzhaf tried to sue them because they implemented same-sex dorms only.
Their ban on openly pro-choice speakers also irritates people, and this is just another attempt to bash them for not drinking the koolaid like Georgetown.
I’m glad they finally have a separate Business School at last.
The Koch Brothers are far left. The believe in abortion, gay marriage, higher taxes. People act like they are conservative for the sole reason that they often battle union.
So what if it came from the Koch’s, use it to advance the teachings of the church, oh wait we’re talking about an American university so not much chance of that.
“Social justice advocates”?
I guess that’s like calling Jesse and Al “Civil rights leaders”
Can't have any hints of capitalism in Catholic education, can we?
“If this is true, the Catholic Church is meddling where it has no business nor understanding.”
I think it more or less is true. But I agree - the Church is spending time and resources on earthly things that have no eternal value. Best to focus on bringing the lost to Christ.
Wasn't that a mistranslation? :)
The Catholic has been lost in the wilderness since Vatican II....
what the Church really teaches about Socialism http://www.tfpstudentaction.org/politically-incorrect/socialism/what-the-popes-really-say-about-socialism.html
By Gustavo Solimeo
April 08, 2010
“Hideous”, “destructive”, “wicked”, and “perverted” are only some of the adjectives used by the Popes to describe socialism. From Pius IX to Benedict XVI, the popes have thoroughly and consistently condemned socialism. Given the advance of socialism in America, TFP Student Action is glad to offer its readers a brief selection of thought-provoking quotes from the Popes on the topic.
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PIUS IX (1846-1878)
The Overthrow of Order
You are aware indeed, that the goal of this most iniquitous plot is to drive people to overthrow the entire order of human affairs and to draw them over to the wicked theories of this Socialism and Communism, by confusing them with perverted teachings.
(Encyclical Nostis et Nobiscum, December 8, 1849)
LEO XIII (1878-1903)
Overthrow is Deliberately Planned
... For, the fear of God and reverence for divine laws being taken away, the authority of rulers despised, sedition permitted and approved, and the popular passions urged on to lawlessness, with no restraint save that of punishment, a change and overthrow of all things will necessarily follow. Yea, this change and overthrow is deliberately planned and put forward by many associations of communists and socialists.
(Encyclical Humanum Genus, April 20, 1884, n. 27)
Debasing the Natural Union of Man and Woman
They [socialists, communists, or nihilists] debase the natural union of man and woman, which is held sacred even among barbarous peoples; and its bond, by which the family is chiefly held together, they weaken, or even deliver up to lust.
(Encyclical Quod Apostolici Muneris, December 28, 1878, n. 1)
The Harvest of Misery
...there is need for a union of brave minds with all the resources they can command. The harvest of misery is before our eyes, and the dreadful projects of the most disastrous national upheavals are threatening us from the growing power of the socialistic movement.
(Encyclical Graves de Communi Re, January 18, 1901, n. 21)
SAINT PIUS X (1903-1914)
The Dream of Re-Shaping Society will Bring Socialism
But stranger still, alarming and saddening at the same time, are the audacity and frivolity of men who call themselves Catholics and dream of re-shaping society under such conditions, and of establishing on earth, over and beyond the pale of the Catholic Church, the reign of love and justice ... What are they going to produce? ... A mere verbal and chimerical construction in which we shall see, glowing in a jumble, and in seductive confusion, the words Liberty, Justice, Fraternity, Love, Equality, and human exultation, all resting upon an ill-understood human dignity. It will be a tumultuous agitation, sterile for the end proposed, but which will benefit the less Utopian exploiters of the people. Yes, we can truly say that the Sillon, its eyes fixed on a chimera, brings Socialism in its train.
(Apostolic Letter Notre Charge Apostolique [”Our Apostolic Mandate”] to the French Bishops, August 15, 1910, condemning the movement Le Sillon)
BENEDICT XV (1914-1922)
Never Forget the Condemnation of Socialism
It is not our intention here to repeat the arguments which clearly expose the errors of Socialism and of similar doctrines. Our predecessor, Leo XIII, most wisely did so in truly memorable Encyclicals; and you, Venerable Brethren, will take the greatest care that those grave precepts are never forgotten, but that whenever circumstances call for it, they should be clearly expounded and inculcated in Catholic associations and congresses, in sermons and in the Catholic press.
(Encyclical Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum, November 1, 1914, n. 13)
PIUS XI (1922-1939)
Socialism Cannot Be Reconciled with Catholic Doctrine
We make this pronouncement: Whether considered as a doctrine, or an historical fact, or a movement, Socialism, if it remains truly Socialism, even after it has yielded to truth and justice on the points which we have mentioned, cannot be reconciled with the teachings of the Catholic Church because its concept of society itself is utterly foreign to Christian truth.
(Encyclical Quadragesimo Anno, May 15, 1931, n. 117)
Catholic Socialism is a Contradiction
[Socialism] is based nevertheless on a theory of human society peculiar to itself and irreconcilable with true Christianity. Religious socialism, Christian socialism, are contradictory terms; no one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true socialist. (Ibid. n. 120)
PIUS XII (1939-1958)
The Church Will Fight Socialism to the End
[The Church undertook] the protection of the individual and the family against a current threatening to bring about a total socialization which in the end would make the specter of the ‘Leviathan’ become a shocking reality. The Church will fight this battle to the end, for it is a question of supreme values: the dignity of man and the salvation of souls.” (Radio message to the Katholikentag of Vienna, September 14, 1952 in Discorsi e Radiomessaggi, vol. XIV, p. 314)
The All-Powerful State Harms True Prosperity
“To consider the State as something ultimate to which everything else should be subordinated and directed, cannot fail to harm the true and lasting prosperity of nations.” (Encyclical Summi Pontificatus, October 20, 1939, n. 60)John-XXIII
JOHN XXIII (1958-1963)
No Catholic could subscribe even to moderate socialism
Pope Pius XI further emphasized the fundamental opposition between Communism and Christianity, and made it clear that no Catholic could subscribe even to moderate Socialism. The reason is that Socialism is founded on a doctrine of human society which is bounded by time and takes no account of any objective other than that of material well-being. Since, therefore, it proposes a form of social organization which aims solely at production; it places too severe a restraint on human liberty, at the same time flouting the true notion of social authority. (Encyclical Mater et Magistra, May 15, 1961, n. 34)
PAUL VI (1963-1978)
Christians Tend to Idealize Socialism
Too often Christians attracted by socialism tend to idealize it in terms which, apart from anything else, are very general: a will for justice, solidarity and equality. They refuse to recognize the limitations of the historical socialist movements, which remain conditioned by the ideologies from which they originated. (Apostolic Letter Octogesima Adveniens, May 14, 1971, n. 31)
JOHN PAUL II (1978-2005)
Socialism: Danger of a “simple and radical solution”
It may seem surprising that socialism appeared at the beginning of the Pope’s critique of solutions to the question of the working class at a time when socialism was not yet in the form of a strong and powerful State, with all the resources which that implies, as was later to happen. However, he correctly judged the danger posed to the masses by the attractive presentation of this simple and radical solution to the question of the working class.” (Encyclical Centesimus Annus - On the 100th anniversary of Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum, May 1, 1991, n. 12)
BENEDICT XVI (2005 - present)
We do not Need a State which Controls Everything
The State which would provide everything, absorbing everything into itself, would ultimately become a mere bureaucracy incapable of guaranteeing the very thing which the suffering person - every person - needs: namely, loving personal concern. We do not need a State which regulates and controls everything, but a State which, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, generously acknowledges and supports initiatives arising from the different social forces and combines spontaneity with closeness to those in need. In the end, the claim that just social structures would make works of charity superfluous masks a materialist conception of man: the mistaken notion that man can live by bread alone (Mt 4:4; cf. Dt 8:3) - a conviction that demeans man and ultimately disregards all that is specifically human. (Encyclical Deus Caritas Est, December 25, 2005, n. 28)
You would think these people would have learned their lesson from their Obamacare experience but I geuss not.
G-d seems like an afterthought to just about all religious leaders these days, both Christian and Jewish.
But Imams’ speeches are peppered with the word Allah. Perhaps that is why they are getting the converts.
Who the hell are these idiots? Are they in Venezuela?
Isn't that stretching their core strengths?
Wow 50 priests!
I can name 50 politically idiot priests in my Diocese alone.
We are concerned that by accepting such a donation you send a confusing message to Catholic students and other faithful Catholics that the Koch brothers anti-government, Tea Party ideology has the blessing of a university sanctioned by Catholic bishops, it continues.”
Yet baby-killing and sodomy are somehow A-OK with church teaching. What a cretin.
Things go better with Koch. And Busch.
“you send a confusing message to Catholic students and other faithful Catholics”
NOW they care about confusing messages? Like having a homo student groups or supporting abortion?
The Catholic Universities in America have been taken over by Godless Communists since the 60s.
Nothing but blind guides, whitewashed tombs filled with dead men’s bones.
The Business School at CUA, which is only a year or two old, is perhaps the brightest light at the University right now. Enrollment is down considerably with the Law School taking the biggest hit followed closely by the School of a Architecture.
CUA is very fortunate to have a talent like Andrew Abella at the helm. He falls into the distributivist camp which puts him solidly in line with Catholic social teaching. His critics are of the vintage that came of age during Vatican II and as they are doing today with Francis, read that document for what they wanted to see, not what it said.
If unborn babies were made of aluminum...
maybe liberal Catholics would finally
care how they are thrown away.
so let those who protest the donation offer a larger one if the school turns down the original gift.........fat chance!
thanks for your concern, but the Catholic church has prospered for over 2,000 years and will do just fine in the current atmosphere...she cannot err in matters of faith, so whatever decisions she makes will be just fine!!!
“As you well know, Catholic social teaching articulates a positive role for government, an indispensable role for unions, just tax policies, and the need for prudent regulation of financial markets in service of the common good,
Catholic teaching does not advocate any of these things. These are the policies of the communists who murdered millions of Catholics.
Politics ranks above religion for leftists “christians”. Jesus says love thy enemy but these Christians hate them.
This was a waste of money. There are colleges like Hillsdale which are more deserving of such charity
If this is what the Catholic church stands for, then I'm no longer a Catholic. The Left destroys everything they touch, including religions.
>> If this is what the Catholic church stands for, then I’m no longer a Catholic.
If you want to walk, go right ahead. But don’t parade some idiotic instance as the reason for doing so.
Sent a daughter there. CUA is a GEM in the pile of excrement DC has become. We should all support them for simultaneously doing both the Lord’s and the Founding Father’s work.
If it doesn't send that message it should!
Of course, it is acceptable to receive monies from foundations supporting abortion and other leftist policies...
As you well know, Catholic social teaching articulates a positive role for government…
Catholic Social Teaching on the role of the State:
47. Following the collapse of Communist totalitarianism and of many other totalitarian and "national security" regimes, today we are witnessing a predominance, not without signs of opposition, of the democratic ideal, together with lively attention to and concern for human rights. But for this very reason it is necessary for peoples in the process of reforming their systems to give democracy an authentic and solid foundation through the explicit recognition of those rights.96 Among the most important of these rights, mention must be made of the right to life, an integral part of which is the right of the child to develop in the mother's womb from the moment of conception; the right to live in a united family and in a moral environment conducive to the growth of the child's personality; the right to develop one's intelligence and freedom in seeking and knowing the truth; the right to share in the work which makes wise use of the earth's material resources, and to derive from that work the means to support oneself and one's dependents; and the right freely to establish a family, to have and to rear children through the responsible exercise of one's sexuality. In a certain sense, the source and synthesis of these rights is religious freedom, understood as the right to live in the truth of one's faith and in conformity with one's transcendent dignity as a person.97
Even in countries with democratic forms of government, these rights are not always fully respected. Here we are referring not only to the scandal of abortion, but also to different aspects of a crisis within democracies themselves, which seem at times to have lost the ability to make decisions aimed at the common good. Certain demands which arise within society are sometimes not examined in accordance with criteria of justice and morality, but rather on the basis of the electoral or financial power of the groups promoting them. With time, such distortions of political conduct create distrust and apathy, with a subsequent decline in the political participation and civic spirit of the general population, which feels abused and disillusioned. As a result, there is a growing inability to situate particular interests within the framework of a coherent vision of the common good. The latter is not simply the sum total of particular interests; rather it involves an assessment and integration of those interests on the basis of a balanced hierarchy of values; ultimately, it demands a correct understanding of the dignity and the rights of the person.98
The Church respects the legitimate autonomy of the democratic order and is not entitled to express preferences for this or that institutional or constitutional solution. Her contribution to the political order is precisely her vision of the dignity of the person revealed in all its fullness in the mystery of the Incarnate Word.99
48. These general observations also apply to the role of the State in the economic sector. Economic activity, especially the activity of a market economy, cannot be conducted in an institutional, juridical or political vacuum. On the contrary, it presupposes sure guarantees of individual freedom and private property, as well as a stable currency and efficient public services. Hence the principle task of the State is to guarantee this security, so that those who work and produce can enjoy the fruits of their labours and thus feel encouraged to work efficiently and honestly. The absence of stability, together with the corruption of public officials and the spread of improper sources of growing rich and of easy profits deriving from illegal or purely speculative activities, constitutes one of the chief obstacles to development and to the economic order.
Another task of the State is that of overseeing and directing the exercise of human rights in the economic sector. However, primary responsibility in this area belongs not to the State but to individuals and to the various groups and associations which make up society. The State could not directly ensure the right to work for all its citizens unless it controlled every aspect of economic life and restricted the free initiative of individuals. This does not mean, however, that the State has no competence in this domain, as was claimed by those who argued against any rules in the economic sphere. Rather, the State has a duty to sustain business activities by creating conditions which will ensure job opportunities, by stimulating those activities where they are lacking or by supporting them in moments of crisis.
The State has the further right to intervene when particular monopolies create delays or obstacles to development. In addition to the tasks of harmonizing and guiding development, in exceptional circumstances the State can also exercise a substitute function, when social sectors or business systems are too weak or are just getting under way, and are not equal to the task at hand. Such supplementary interventions, which are justified by urgent reasons touching the common good, must be as brief as possible, so as to avoid removing permanently from society and business systems the functions which are properly theirs, and so as to avoid enlarging excessively the sphere of State intervention to the detriment of both economic and civil freedom.
In recent years the range of such intervention has vastly expanded, to the point of creating a new type of State, the so-called "Welfare State". This has happened in some countries in order to respond better to many needs and demands, by remedying forms of poverty and deprivation unworthy of the human person. However, excesses and abuses, especially in recent years, have provoked very harsh criticisms of the Welfare State, dubbed the "Social Assistance State". Malfunctions and defects in the Social Assistance State are the result of an inadequate understanding of the tasks proper to the State. Here again the principle of subsidiarity must be respected: a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to coordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good.100
By intervening directly and depriving society of its responsibility, the Social Assistance State leads to a loss of human energies and an inordinate increase of public agencies, which are dominated more by bureaucratic ways of thinking than by concern for serving their clients, and which are accompanied by an enormous increase in spending. In fact, it would appear that needs are best understood and satisfied by people who are closest to them and who act as neighbours to those in need. It should be added that certain kinds of demands often call for a response which is not simply material but which is capable of perceiving the deeper human need. One thinks of the condition of refugees, immigrants, the elderly, the sick, and all those in circumstances which call for assistance, such as drug abusers: all these people can be helped effectively only by those who offer them genuine fraternal support, in addition to the necessary care.
John Paul II, Encyclical Centesimus Annus (1991)
So I wonder how many of these so-called "leaders" complain about this administration's pro-abortion policies (which violate the first, fundamental right to life)?????
So I wonder how many of these so-called "leaders" complain about the creation of the "Social Assistance State" condemned above?
As you well know, Catholic social teaching articulates…an indispensable role for unions
Catholic Social Teaching on unions:
7. Furthermore, if Catholics are to be permitted to join the trade unions, these associations must avoid everything that is not in accord, either in principle or practice, with the teachings and commandments of the Church or the proper ecclesiastical authorities. Similarly, everything is to be avoided in their literature or public utterances or actions which in the above view would incur censure.
The Bishops, therefore, should consider it their sacred duty to observe carefully the conduct of all these associations and to watch diligently that the Catholic members do not suffer any harm as a result of their participation. The Catholic members themselves, however, should never permit the unions, whether for the sake of material interests of their members or the union cause as such, to proclaim or support teachings or to engage in activities which would conflict in any way with the directives proclaimed by the supreme teaching authority of the Church, especially those mentioned above. Therefore, as often as problems arise concerning matters of justice or charity, the Bishops should take the greatest care to see that the faithful do not overlook Catholic moral teaching and do not depart from it even a finger's breadth.
Pius X, Encyclical Singulari Quadam (1912)
In this sense, union activity undoubtedly enters the field of politics, understood as prudent concern for the common good. However, the role of unions is not to "play politics" in the sense that the expression is commonly understood today. Unions do not have the character of political parties struggling for power; they should not be subjected to the decision of political parties or have too close links with them. In fact, in such a situation they easily lose contact with their specific role, which is to secure the just rights of workers within the £ramework of the common good of the whole of society; instead they become an instrument used for other purposes.
John Paul II, Encyclical Laborem Exercens 20, (1981)
So I wonder how many of these so-called "leaders" decry support from unions that oppose fundamental Catholic teaching (such as homosexual conduct, abortion, or plain-old socialism)?
So I wonder how many of these so-called "leaders" decry the fact that the unions are mere extensions of the Democratic party?
(NB: Again, I apologize for the length of the post)
nice collection in one post
These priests should learn temperance.
“Catholic social teaching” is a buzz word for Liberation Theology.
The official allegations claim that CUA, does not provide space as other universities do for the many daily prayers Muslim students must make, forcing them instead to find temporarily empty classrooms where they are often surrounded by Catholic symbols which are incongruous to their religion, according to a press release on PRLOG.com. [10/24/2011]
FYI: Most Muslim foreign students attend US Universities under full subsidies from their home governments. I do not know how this above problem was resolved but in other similar situations, a 'benevolent' Islamic charity generally swooped in to build / remodel some suitable place for such prayers. I sure these sane priests would have objected to the same, right?
I had NO IDEA that “Economic Justice and Environmental Stewardship” were Catholic Doctrine!
Learn something new every day, I guess./s
FTR, I know it isn’t, really.
So they are offended that the Koch brother’s are not socialists, which is Church teaching.
I wonder if they have a bad translation?
Hey, thanks. It does sound more like something Oscar Wilde would have said.
After a bit of investigating, it’s fascinating, the quote has been attributed to: George Bernard Shaw, Winston Churchill, Groucho Marx, Mark Twain, W.C. Fields, Bertrand Russell, H.G. Wells, Woodrow Wilson and others.
For anyone interested http://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/03/07/haggling/
They are libertarian. Strongly so.
As for being pro abortion, I are interested in where that came from.
Excellent post. I wish I could make out more of this teaching in the current pope’s remarks.