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The Msgr. Burns Fund

August 3rd, 2009, Promulgated by Dr. K

Rochester Catholic today posted a passage from the document that deals with the governance of the Msgr. Burns Trust fund, money which was left behind by a former pastor to ensure the survival of his parish in times of trouble.

Here is Article 7 of the document (emphasis added):

Limited Power to Invade the Principal and Redirect Funds: In the event of changing circumstances or events and where the integrity and /or survival of the St. Thomas the Apostle Church and Parish is involved, the Advisory Committee is authorized to invade so much of the principal and accumulated earnings as it deems necessary to preserve the Church and/or ministry.

The Advisory Committee is comprised of the Pastor, Business Manager, Chairperson of Parish Council, Christian Formation Coordinator, Chairperson of the Finance Committee, and the two Parish Trustees.

According to the document, the condition required to make use of the funds is that the “integrity and/or survival” of the parish must be in question. This means that the fund, at least according to this particular passage, may only be used in order to ensure the survival of St. Thomas the Apostle when there exists an economic need. Now should St. Thomas close down the road, without even bothering to use these funds to strengthen her stability, it would seem incredibly inappropriate for these monies to be used on projects at Christ the King parish.

I hope the IPPG realizes this.

Msgr. Burns, pray for St. Thomas the Apostle church.

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6 Responses to “The Msgr. Burns Fund”

  1. avatar Anonymous says:

    Msgr. Burns must be rolling over in his grave.

  2. avatar Anonymous says:

    I wonder what they would use the money for if it goes to Christ the King, more sculptures and images of a transgendered Christ? Has anyone seen the artwork they have there? There is no way the holy Msgr. Burns would ever have allowed his money to be used for such ugly and heretical art.

  3. Anon 12:12 Good point. One of the highlights of singing, is to sing Gregorian chant and polyphony in St. Thomas. Msgr. Burns made sure chant and polyphony would peak in St. Thomas. Msgr. Burns had good taste; pretty much the rest of the diocese has "taste" only in their mouths.

  4. avatar Dr. K says:

    Re: Anon 12:12-

    That's a post for another day. I know exactly what you're talking about, their choice of art is rather strange for the most part. Their music is a bit different as well. The people of St. Thomas will be in for a big shock if they have never ventured to Christ the King before.

    ~Dr. K

  5. avatar Dr. K says:

    I like the new avatar, Choir!

    ~Dr. K

  6. It's my Foamy the Squirrel imitation. I'm nutz about it.

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