A recent column by American political columnist Robert Reich examines the influence of big money on American non-profits and academia.
The Catholic University of America
On Thursday, The Catholic University of America's School of Business announced it had accepted a $3 million grant to "bolster the school's goal of advancing the study and practice of principled entrepreneurship."
The Charles Koch Foundation is funding $1.75 million of the grant.
Fr. Charles Curran, arguably the most influential U.S. moral theologian for the last 45 years, is easing back from full-time teaching, but he will continue to teach part time in Dallas, Texas, at Southern Methodist University, where he has been a tenured professor since 1991. And he will continue to write.
In a letter Monday, more than 50 Catholic signatories said donor Charles Koch and his brother, David, "have a clear political and ideological agenda."
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Thomas P. Melady, who served in several diplomatic posts and continued to play a role as "citizen-scholar," died Jan. 6. He was 86.
The Catholic University of America "has no intention of revisiting its decision to accept the grant from the Charles Koch Foundation," a statement from the university says.
In a letter released Monday, a group of 50 Catholic academics balk at tea party donors' funding of The Catholic University of America's business school.