Brandon Vogt is an Ornament of the Church

I love the guy.  Creative.  Generous.  And he makes good stuff happen.  Here’s his latest project:

Incredibly simple, cheap, and powerful. In fact, it was such a good and simple idea that he finished up providing for all of Cameroon’s seminarians’ digital lit needs in nine hours.

So now he is moving on to doing the same for all of Africa. And you can be a part of it for two measly bucks. What are you waiting for? The man is on a roll! Join the Africa eBook Project and give one CD crammed with a ton of Catholic literature to every single future priest on the continent of Africa!

We’re talking

•The Holy Bible in English and Latin
•The complete writings of the Church fathers
•The full Catholic Encyclopedia
•St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae

•Several Church documents and encyclicals
•Apologia Pro Vita Sua (Cardinal John Henry Newman)
•Heretics (G.K. Chesterton)
•How to Make Homilies Better, Briefer, and Bolder (Fr. Alfred McBride)
•Lord of the World (Robert Hugh Benson)
•Men of Brave Heart: The Virtue of Courage in the Priestly Life (Archbishop Jose Gomez)
•Orthodoxy (G.K. Chesterton)
•Pensees (Blaise Pascal)
•Priests for the Third Millennium (Cardinal Timothy Dolan)
•The Church and New Media (Brandon Vogt)
•The Great Teachers (Pope Benedict XVI)
•The Little Flowers of St. Francis (St. Francis of Assisi)
•The Priest: A Bridge to God (Pope Benedict XVI)
•The Spiritual Exercises (St. Ignatius of Loyola)
•The Story of a Soul (St. Therese of Lisieux)

Pretty good starter library for two bucks. Plus you get that whole “inasmuch as you did it to the least of these you did it to me” cred at the Pearly Gates that looks *really* great on the exit interview from this planet.

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  • Thomas R

    •Pensees (Blaise Pascal)

    Isn’t that a bit on the Jansenist side? I mean I was considering reading that, but then I wondered.

  • Carbon Monoxide

    Bah! No Mark Shea books!

  • Jacqueline Y.

    @Thomas R: Peter Kreeft addresses Pascal’s relationship with Jansenism in his introduction to his edition of the _Pensees_. Look for “Pascal for Today” at Ignatius Insight. I don’t think we need to worry. It’s a classic of Catholic and Western literature for good reason. And after all, Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises are on the menu for balance.

  • Ted Seeber

    I’m pondering the morality of using incomplete copyright law to provide low cost textbooks to Africa. Isn’t this consequentialism?

    Now if he had gotten the copyright owners to agree to, say, charging $34 for the DVD (I’m sure this isn’t an Orange Book ISO- it’s got too much on it) and *including in that* a free $2 copy to a seminarian in Africa, that would be really something (New Advent, as they point out, has a similar CD for sale for $29.99)

    • Ted, in my own density I can’t determine whether you’re being sarcastic, but for clarity’s sake I wanted to point out that we actually have permission for all the eBooks on the CD. We even had to negotiate with the Libreria Editrice Vatican to include the Pope’s work.

      • Sandra

        I was visiting your project site and saw you seem to have waaaay exceeded your goal! Congratulations! Does this mean you’re going to distribute more of this particular CD than you thought or distribute other literature as well? I hope that isn’t an indiscreet question, but I’m quite genuinely curious as to what your next move will be.
        I find this a really inspiring initiative.