Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Home Depot CEO Is Sad That Pope Francis Said Mean Things About Rich People

How tragic:
In an interview on CNBC on Monday, Home Depot founder and devout Catholic Ken Langone said that the Pope’s statements about capitalism have left many potential “capitalist benefactors” wary of donating to the Church or its fundraising projects.

According to Langone, an anonymous, “potential seven-figure donor” for the Church’s restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral is concerned that the Pope’s criticism of capitalism are “exclusionary,” especially his statements about the “culture of prosperity” leading to the wealthy being “incapable of feeling compassion for the poor.”


“I’ve told the Cardinal,” Langone said, “‘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.’”

Cardinal Dolan told CNBC that he had, in fact, spoken to Langone, and had told him that “that would be a misunderstanding of the Holy Father’s message. The pope loves poor people. He also loves rich people.”

He then thanked Langone for bringing this anonymous donor’s concerns to him, and insisted that “[w]e’ve got to correct — to make sure this gentleman understands the Holy Father’s message properly.”

Langone further said that, in the future, he hopes Pope Francis will “celebrate a positive point of view rather than focusing on the negative.” He does worry, though, because of “the vast difference between the Pope’s experience in Argentina and how we are in America. There is no nation on earth that is so forthcoming, so giving.”

 I especially love the bolded. "So you don't think us rich folk are kind-hearted people, eh? Maybe a little blackmail oughta change yer mind!"


  1. Mark 10:17-24

    "As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, 'Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?' And Jesus said to him, 'Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments, DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.’ And he said to Him, 'Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.' Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, 'One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.' But at these words he was saddened, for he had much wealth, and said to Jesus, 'Your words are making several donors wary of making contributions now and in the future.' And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, 'Lo, how hard it will be for a commie libtard to raise funds for anything!' And they all laughed together and then checked their stock prices."

    1. Interesting, a little funny, 'til you use the word "libtard".

  2. "Nice little Catholic charities you've got here. Be a real shame if something were to happen to them..."

  3. Yeah, I've often said the same thing to Cardinal Dolan in my frequent conversations with him. Oh wait, I forgot, i'm poor and don't have the kind of access Langone has.