Tuesday, June 06, 2006
The Colorful Story in the center column (subscription req'd) of the Wall Street Journal's front page is a bit close to home today. My high school alma mater accepted a $1 million gift from alumnus Louis Capano, Jr., notorious for having helped his brother (also an alum) Thomas Capano cover up a sensational murder 10 years ago and otherwise exhibiting the cleanliness of business practices that you'd expect from a mid-Atlantic real estate developer of Italian-American descent. The upshot is that there will be a Capano Hall on campus — named after Louis Capano, Sr., and Jr.'s mother, officially.
A letter to the editor of the Wilmington News Journal says it all:
Catholic schools demean themselves by taking gifts
As the father of three St. Edmond's graduates, I read with interest about Louis J. Capano Jr.'s contributions to Archmere and St. Edmond's schools in his parents' names. I did not know Mr. and Mrs. Capano Sr., but not many parents can proudly number an adulterous murderer, a drug user, and a bribe-paying businessman among their progeny.
These two institutions honor the Catholic Church's tradition of willingly debasing itself for ready cash. I await a combined baked goods and plenary indulgence sale highlighted by the "Cooler by a Mile" raffle for a free weekend getaway in Stone Harbor, N.J.
Tim Casey, Wilmington
There can't be a Biden Hall — the senior Senator from Delaware was class of 1961 — because the Church doesn't want to honor pro-choice politicians. I wasn't happy about Sen. Biden's wankerish shilling for the bankruptcy "reform" bill, though son Beau ('87) is running for Delaware Attorney General and might do better.
To Tom Mallon, Archmere development director and classmate ('85): you can save the postage on those fundraising letters.(A follow-up post is here.)
Yeah, we should name a building after these people. Model parents, they were.