Saturday, August 19, 2006

Any Chance We Can Have The Pizza King As A Prince Of The Church?
"Salvation of souls instead of the salvation of society"... what a concept!

Tom Monaghan should be a cardinal... at a minimum, bishop. The founder of Domino's Pizza (and former Sergeant of Marines) Monaghan recently stated that his goal in life is "To get as many people into heaven as possible." Go for it, dude. Most American bishops won't.

"So how do you get people into heaven?" Mr. Monaghan asks, rhetorically. "Help the Catholic Church. And what's the best way of doing that? Higher education."

Here's some more of a fascinating article ---

The pizza magnate grew up in an orphanage in Jackson, Mich., and he credits the nuns of the St. Joseph Home for Boys with inspiring his devotion to Catholicism. He even went to seminary briefly before joining the Marine Corps. In 1959, he returned to Michigan, attending the University of Michigan. He never graduated, but during his time there, he and his brother bought a small pizza store called DomiNick's in Ypsilanti.

Monaghan not only founded Domino's, he also started a lil' something called Ave Maria University. But there are 200 Catholic colleges and universities in the U.S., so why yet another? Even kids from strong Catholic families, Mr. Monaghan argues, tend to lose their faith when they go to college, and Catholic schools may be worse, here, than secular ones. He cites data from a UCLA survey showing that after attending a Catholic college for four years, Catholic students tended to be more approving of abortion, gay marriage and premarital sex and spent less time praying than when they entered.

Mr. Monaghan thinks the more nettlesome liberal trends in Catholic theology and behavior have started to turn around, and he credits the revelations about sexual abuse by priests with this development: "It cleaned up the seminaries and some of the hierarchy. I thought the press did a great service to the Catholic Church--even though that wasn't their intention."

EXACTLY! In order to cut out a cancer, messy and bloody surgery is often needed.


Blogger Christine said...

Pretty ironic.

It's the lay ministries such as EWTN that I believe will keep people in the Catholic church and remind people about true Catholicism.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Sleeping Lotus said...

Are you kidding? The guy is totally creepy and borderline fascist. And I'm an orthodox Catholic, not a liberal.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

OK, you consider him "totally creepy". Well, that a matter of opinion, and your opinion is most certainly welcome here.

But just for curiosities sake, why do you consider him a "borderline fascist"?

9:17 PM  
Blogger Gaufridus said...


You do know that Tom Monaghan is bankrolling his own town ("Ave Maria") in Florida, dont you?

That's a Catholic man who puts his money where his mouth is. My hat is off to him and I wish him well.

Semper fi

10:48 PM  
Blogger Sleeping Lotus said...

His views in general are controlling and borderline fascist. He wants to build this Ave Maria Town (what a joke) as some kind of Catholic haven where there is no Playboy and no condoms. Sure, that's the idea. Christians should all go live on islands or communes so we don't have to face the big bad ugly world. What about free will and democracy? And what about staying IN the world and helping to evangelize it? I don't need to live on an island. I know how to say "no" to porn and condoms.

I'm not a fan of Monaghan. He has wasted millions and millions of dollars on nonsense and he's going to continue doing so. He has turned his own allies against him and alienated a lot of very good Catholics who believed in what he was trying to do. I could say a lot more but really it's just too much. Have you visited the blog called Closed Cafeteria? Good write-up there from a few weeks ago.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

He has wasted millions and millions of dollars on nonsense and he's going to continue doing so.

Love, hate, of indifferent towards Tom Monaghan, one thing there's no getting around... all of those millions of dollars were HIS money.

Not ripped off from the taxpayers. Not ripped off from the the parishoners. His.

Akso, if I can find an island of Catholic sanity in a cesspool of anti-Catholic secularism, then so be it.

And ya know, SL... I really don't think he's all that isolationist. Not only has he pumped millions into a university that open to the general public, he's also pumped millions more to various and sundry other charities to help "evangelize the world".

But in the meantime, I asked ya for a straight answer, and you gave it to me. I like that. You're OK in my book, SL

7:32 AM  
Blogger Angry Orthodox said...

Islands of sanity are what the monastaries are, or were before some of them were turned into fag whorehouses.

Catholic towns are nothing new. Look at Boystown, and Hollywood loves that! Well old Hollywood anyway.

3:25 PM  
Blogger Sleeping Lotus said...

VSC, with all due respect, I don't think you're fully informed about Tom Monaghan, the building of his "town", and the nature of his relationships with the orthodox Catholics that believed in his vision. But, if you choose not to get the fuller picture I'm not going to think badly of you. It is certainly not my intention to try and convince someone not to like him.

I'm glad I'm okay in your book, LOL.

5:43 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Islands of sanity are what the monastaries are, or were before some of them were turned into fag whorehouses.

Oh hell!! I'm still LMAO!!!

6:22 PM  
Blogger Fidei Defensor said...

I have done as much reading on Tom as I could and found nothing about him I did not like. I would hardly call him borderline-Faschist, and just so you know that term is very complex, loaded, and misunderstood, and it ought not be tossed around so lightly.

12:07 AM  
Blogger Jay Anderson said...

My problem with the guy is that he and his minions roll over decent, orthodox Catholics who get in their way.

Just look at what happened to the preeminent scholar in Catholic legal theory, Professor Charles Rice - recently fired from Ave Maria School of Law.

I admire Monaghan's loyalty to the Church's teachings, but he is at the very least a control freak who does not shy away from hurting even those who are orthodox if they stand in the way of his "grand plan".

Ask the guys at Fumare what they think of Tom Monaghan.

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Er ... it wasn't "his" money. Monaghan created the "Ave Maria Foundation," and endowed it with his fortune. Contrary to the intent of the law governing trusts and foundations, however, he exploited a loophole and retained total control by mandating a permanent position on the board of directors -- through which he micro-manages the foundation's charities.

This sounds okay until you realize that by setting up a foundation Monaghan "gave" the money to the public, which is considered the "owner" of all 501(c)(3) entities. The U.S. taxpayer is picking up the tab for c. 30% of the funds that the foundation distributes by the fact that it pays no taxes.

The catch is that the money is NOT his -- but he treats it and behaves as if it were.

7:16 AM  

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