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Catholic order struggles to raise $100 million for atonement for Slave work

Outstanding Order of Catholic priests made a vow last year raise $100 million for redemption for his participation in american slave trade. At the time, church leaders and historians said the Roman Catholic Church would make its biggest attempt to make amends. for buying, selling and enslaving of Black people in United States.

But 16 months later, cash only dripping in.

Jesuit priest leading fundraising efforts said he hoped his order would generate several multi-million dollar donations by now. in in addition to the initial investment of US$15 million made by order. Instead, it’s only about $180,000. in small donations flowed into a trust set up by the Jesuits in partnership with a group of descendants whose ancestors were enslaved by Catholic priests.

Dismayed by the slow pace of fundraising, leader of in group of descendants who were partners with the Jesuits wrote to Rome earlier this month calling on the order’s world leader ensure what do American priests do good on their promise.

American Jesuits, who relied on slave labor and the sale of slaves for more than century discussed plans last year sell everything of their remaining former plantation land in Maryland, said the priests. They discussed the transfer of proceeds as well as with a portion of revenue of an earlier $57 million plantation sale to a trust. The money from the trust will go to foundation who will finance programs that benefit posterity, including scholarships and money for emergency needs and promote projects of racial reconciliation.

But the remaining land has not yet been sold, and the proceeds from the previous land sale have not yet been transferred to a trust, officials and descendants of the Jesuits say.

“Becomes obvious to everyone who look beyond the words that the Jesuits don’t deliver in case,” Joseph M. Stewart, President and Chairman of Foundation for Truth and Reconciliation of Descendants, wrote in his letter to the Rev. Arturo Sosa, abbot of the Jesuits general. “The bottom line is that without your input, this partnership appears to be doomed to failure. fail”.

In his letter, Mr Stewart warned that “hardliners” within the order took the position that they “never enslaved anyone and thus not “should” anyone anything.”

In an interview, Mr. Stewart said he believes the Jesuit leadership remains committed to the partnership, describing ongoing meetings and conversations. The point, according to him, is that the descendant community need the priests to do more than to speak.

In his letter, he named on Sosa’s father ensure that the American Jesuits complete sale and transfer of land of continues to the end of this year and secure a $100 million bail. next year. He also asked for an order total of $1 billion in trust by 2029.

Descendants formerly called on Jesuits raise $1 billion for them foundation. The Jesuits said they support how long-term goal but not tied to the timeline.

Sosa’s father declined to comment on letter through a representative.

“We encourage them to be more promptly,” said Mr. Stewart, a retired corporate executive whose ancestors were sold by the Jesuits. in 1838 to save Georgetown University from financial ruins, archival records of the Jesuits show. “How long does it take to do this if you’re committed to it?”

In a published statement on Monday Rev. Brian G. Paulson, President of Jesuit conference of Canada and the USA, as well as with nation senior The Jesuit leaders said they remain “deeply committed to our historic partnership.” with descendant community and to work together for racial reconciliation and healing in this country.”

Father Paulson and provincial leaders said they “share in concern of Mr. Joseph Stewart and other descendant leaders regarding pace of our fundraising efforts”, adding that they “continue to work with our network partners to provide resources”.

The Jesuits negotiate with descendants’ group over in former plantation lands said they hired two outside firms to facilitate the sale of the rest of the lands, and what they were”in discussions” about the sale of land for 57 million dollars and how a portion of these earnings can benefit the trust of posterity.

Jesuits announced their $100 million pledge in March 2021 with of their efforts to make amends for them history of profiting from slavery. The order relied on plantations and slave labor to support the clergy and help finance construction and day-to-day activities of churches and schools, including Georgetown, National first Catholic institution of higher education.

At that time of in the announcement they said they have already invested 15 million dollars in the trust of descendants. They have had also hired a fundraising firm with a goal of raising the rest of $100 million over Period of three to five years. The partnership came about after group of descendants pressed for negotiations after studying articles in New York Times that the Jesuits sold their ancestors to save Georgetown.

Rev. Timothy P. Kesicki, former the president of Jesuit Conference, who helped broker the original agreement between the Jesuits and group of descendants said in an interview in which he understood their frustration.

“I was hoping to get further,” Father Kesicki said. who said he hoped the Jesuits would take about a third of $100 million bail to date for trust including initial investment in order of 15 million dollars.

Father Kesicki, who now serves as a chair of trust and other acquaintances with Jesuit efforts pointed to a number of of challenges including organizational structure of an order that requires multiple signatures from multiple people on significant decisions and associated complexity in land deal.

In addition, Kesicki’s father said: building big fundraiser campaign takes a long time.

“But we need to show more growthhe said, and this challenge and the pressure I carry every day.”

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Tyler Hromadka
Tyler Hromadka
Tyler is working as the Author at World Weekly News. He has a love for writing and have been writing for a few years now as a free-lancer.

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