Friday, January 3, 2014

Pope Francis Will Not Kiss Home Depot’s Ken Langone’s Greedy Rich Ass

There are those grubby little nouveau rich paper billionaire types writing checks for tax purposes charity and wanting everybody to bow down and kiss their ass worship their gold plated tin godness.
Pope Francis’s words of concern for the poor of the world seems to scare the shit out of the Ken Langones of this world who in his case is threatening to withhold money from Boss Dolan and his latest boondoggle of $180 million repairs to St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Ave.. (Aside: For that kind of money tear it down and build a new one. Otherwise it and the so called charity surrounding it looks a lot like a money laundering operation to Moi.)
Or Timmy, tell Frank to shut TFU. Cause Ken don't do humility.
[Home Depot founder Ken] 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.

One of the things that makes this story so jaw-dropping is the presumption -- on the part of Langone, and as ever on the part of CNBC -- that those who see or read it will sympathize with the petulant wealthy. Do you really want to make things harder for people who are so much wealthier and more successful than you? CNBC constantly asks its viewers. Do you think we can afford to let them get upset?

I do feel for Cardinal Dolan, caught between the demands of fundraising in a wealthy city and the clear teaching of a very popular pope. I wouldn't want to be explaining Evangelii Gaudiumto any prospective donors over breakfast. Still, I'd like to think that, if pressed, I could do a little bit better than "The pope loves poor people. He also loves rich people. He loves people, alright? He's not into the condemning game."

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