When a Kansas City Star reporter yesterday needed someone to offer a perspective on a jointly written pastoral on health care, released Tuesday by two Kansas City bishops, Archbishop Joseph Naumann, from the Kansas side, and Bishop Robert Finn, from the Missouri, he knew where they could find solid background informtion.
Just saw this letter posted on the website of life-after-RC, subtitled Making sense of the Church after experiencing the Regnum Christi Movement, the lay arm of the religious order, the Legionaries of Christ. The letter outlines changes underway in the embattled religious order.
Judie Brown, the executive director of the American Life League, was more than a little upset at the fact that Sen. Edward Kennedy was given a public funeral and, still more, that the President of the United States was permitted to eulogize him. But, she has directed her anger now at Cardinal Sean O’Malley for presiding at the funeral.
“Yet a greater source of sadness is that the Cardinal Sean O'Malley, of the Archdiocese of Boston, looked on as though insulting Christ Himself were an everyday occurrence,” she wrote in her blog. (No direct link, so you will have to scroll down once you click on the link.) She also is pretty sure why the Cardinal chose to participate in the sacred rites. “It is a perfect example of what many describe as bowing to human respect rather than abiding by the laws of God and serving Him first without counting the cost.” (Additionally, she quotes approvingly from a letter she received suggesting that the only way to “cleanse” the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help where the funeral was held would be to destroy it.)
When Justice Sonia Sotomayor joined the court she became only the 12th Catholic in history to reach the Supreme Court. Nevertheless, her appointment brought to six the number of Supreme Court Justices now sittingon the Court. .In addition to Sotomayor, Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, and convert Clarence Thomas are Catholic.
Time Magazine columnist Amy Sullivan joins the chorus, asking: "Was an Anti-Abortion Bishop Too Vocal for the Vatican?"
In February 2009, I wrote about the cancer called "affinity fraud," where investors with the same religious affiliation, ethnic background or come from the same group get preyed upon by a crook, who takes their money based on a false sense of trust.
Now a $50 million scam targeted Mormoms.
“Affinity can be a powerful element,” says Mitchell Zuckoff, a professor of journalism at Boston University and author of “Ponzi’s Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend,” a 2005 book about Charles Ponzi’s 1920 fraud. “That’s what gets people to lower their inhibitions. There’s this attitude, ‘He’s like me. I can trust him.’ It’s almost hard- wired into our DNA.”
The bottomline is this: If a charity invested in Madoff's ponzi scheme, took money out of the Madoff Fund, those funds can be clawed back by the bankruptcy trustee for distribution to victims.
Irving Picard, the liquidator for Bernard Madoff’s investment business, said he might sue charities that took out more money than they invested with the imprisoned con man to force them to return the difference.
Picard, a lawyer with Baker & Hostetler LLP, declined to discuss specific nonprofit institutions. “We will look at charities on a case-by-case basis before determining what action may be appropriate,” he said.
Picard so far has pursued only charities that he claims should have known about the fraud. He sued longtime Madoff investor Jeffry Picower, a philanthropist and lawyer, and his charity in May for allegedly taking fake profit of $6.7 billion for himself and his affiliates over a 20-year period. His charity is now closed.
A pastoral statement, titled “Principles of Catholic Social Teaching and Health Care Reform,” issued by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of the Kansas City, Kansas, archdiocese, and Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph appear to wed Catholic articles of faith with current Republican Party articles of faith.