Thursday, January 30, 2003

"Liberal" Bernardin refused a donation from Andrew Greeley.

"Conservative" George accepts:

So when he announced a $420,000 gift Wednesday, the donation by the author, sociologist, church critic and Chicago Sun-Times columnist was cheerfully accepted.

George, who has called Greeley's sexy fiction "an exercise in the evangelization of the imagination," was on hand when the donation was announced during the archdiocese's teacher awards ceremony at St. Stanislaus Kostka School, 1255 N. Noble..

Greeley, 76, said the money would go toward scholarships and teacher pay..

To those who argue that Catholic schools were needed only by the immigrant church of yesteryear, Greeley noted that Chicago has 1.2 million Hispanics, most of whom have no tradition of religious schools. Neither did the Italians, he said..

"With proper marketing, the same thing can happen in Hispanic neighborhoods," he said..

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