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An Episcopalian, an Atheist, and a Jew Walk into a Catholic School. . . . - Philanthropy Roundtable:
Robert W. Wilson speaks with a calm, almost gentle, voice. With his wire rim glasses and closely cropped gray beard, Wilson could easily be mistaken for a senior professor at a small liberal arts college. But Wilson is not an academic. He is a legendarily successful Wall Street investor. Retired since 1986, the 83-year-old Wilson now devotes much of his time to philanthropy.

Among his many achievements, Wilson is the single largest benefactor of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York. Since 2007, he has donated over $30 million to inner-city Catholic education.

He is also an atheist.

Pretty interesting. RTWT. (The Corner)


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May. 11th, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
Heh. That's interesting, but just the other day I was wondering what I'd have to do to start working on getting a National Atheist Day.
May. 11th, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
Atheism's gone out of style! We're all agnostics now. :)
May. 11th, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
So that's what you kids are calling it today.
May. 12th, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
Actually we're calling it "Ham & cheese omelet with a side order of sausage" today but I didn't want to further confuse the issue. :)
May. 11th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
I've known a number of people who weren't raised as Catholics and never converted to Roman Catholicism who were sent to Catholic parochial schools by their parents because those schools were far better, academically speaking, than the public schools in their area at the time. They're a wonderful option for parents who are fed up with the public school system and aren't big on homeschooling. One of my friends, a guy named Jim, was enrolled in such a school when he was elementary=school age. He wasn't Roman Catholic -- I think he was raised as a Protestant -- but his parents wanted him to get good schooling, so they enrolled him in a parochial boarding school. He had some hilarious stories to tell about it. One of them involved the confessionals on Saturday -- he didn't have to go, because he wasn't Catholic himself, but all the Catholic kids did -- at which there were three priests to hear the confessions. One of the priests was an old man who was very deaf. The nuns would line the kids up in three lines before the booths, then go do something else, and when they came back, all the kids who'd been lined up before the booth with the deaf priest had absconded to the other two lines, so the nuns would line them up again and this time would stay to keep watch on them. One Saturday this one boy got stuck with the deaf priest for his confession. The priest was having a terrible time making out what he was saying, so he yelled,"I JACKED OFF, FATHER!" You could have heard him for blocks. The other kids sympathized with him rather than teasing them, because at one time or another they'd all been through it, too.

Edited at 2010-05-11 07:26 pm (UTC)
May. 11th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
My e-migo Cobb is one of them.
May. 11th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
One of the kids who wasn't Catholic but went to Catholic school?
May. 11th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
May. 11th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
Well, he likedly got a much better education for it than if he'd gone to public school.
May. 12th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
He thinks so.
May. 12th, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
I'm sure he's right.
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