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Educators protest Koch gift to Catholic University

Monday - 12/16/2013, 8:13pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some Catholic educators are protesting Catholic University of America's recent acceptance of a $1 million donation from the Charles Koch Foundation, which is affiliated with the libertarian Koch brothers.

The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1fhYiAk ) reports 50 educators signed the protest letter made public Monday. Signers include the Rev. Stephen Privett, president of the University of San Francisco; Susan Ross, chair of Loyola University Chicago's theology department; and Catholic University theology professor William Barbieri Jr.

The letter says the Koch gift sends "a confusing message" that the Koch brothers' "anti-government, Tea Party ideology" has the blessing of Catholic University. The letter says the Koch brothers' advocacy contradicts the church's "traditional social justice teachings."

The university defended the gift Monday that will support the school of business and economics.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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