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The 19th Century American Know Nothing Myth…

The 19th Century American Know Nothing Myth… June 30, 2016

…of the inexhaustible dragon’s hoard of wealth in the dungeons of the Vatican is deathless. Compare and contrast (courtesy of John Allen, Jr.):

  • Operating Budget:  (Vatican) $300 million  Harvard ($3.7 billion)
  • Endowment/Patrimony: (Vatican) $1 billion; Harvard ($30.7 billion)

Americans remain country yokels at heart when it comes to Catholic stuff.  We still believe all that 19th century stuff about curtain-gliding Italian Jesuits and their vast riches, long after we ourselves have become the sleek fat superpower of Mammon.


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