I read an interesting article in Zenit a few days ago concerning a record breaking educational scholarship donation for inner-city children from Robert Wilson.
Wilson, a philanthropist and former Wall Street investor, gave the money to the Cardinal's Scholarship Program, started in 2005, to aid disadvantaged students.
Wilson, 80, told Bloomberg News, that, although an atheist, he has no problem giving money to fund Catholic schools, and said:
"Let's face it, without the Roman Catholic Church, there would be no Western civilization. Shunning religious organizations would be abhorrent."
Wilson added, "It was a chance for a very modest amount of money to get kids out of a lousy school system and into a good school system."
Would that this fair city of San Francisco spawn such giving friends of parochial schools—especially ours here at the parish of SS Peter and Paul!
God bless this atheist!
Another anonymous donor, after learning of Wilson's gift, gave an additional $4.5 million to the program.