What Did You Say?

On Goldman Sach’s religious justification of enormous profit: “We’re very important. We help companies to grow by helping them raise capital. Companies that grow create wealth. This, in turn, allows people to have jobs that create more growth and more wealth. It’s a virtuous circle. We have a social purpose…. We are doing God’s work.” -Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sach’s chairman and chief executive “The injunction of Jesus to love others as ourselves is an endorsement of self-interest.” -Brian Griffiths, Goldman Sach’s international adviser On James Dobson leaving the Focus on the Family radio program and ministry: “We’ve been getting e-mails and phone calls from people saying how much Dr. Dobson has meant to them over the years. I wouldn’t characterize it as an enormous outpouring.” -Gary Schneeberger, Focus on the Family spokesman “Focus on the Family has never been about one man. That’s why Dr. Dobson has always refused to have his name put on any building here.” -Jim Daly, Focus on the Family’s ministry president and CEO On the Vatican welcoming married Anglican priests: “We have to do something because we need priests. It only makes sense to rethink celibacy.”-Sister Chris Schenk of FutureChurch, a Cleveland group studying shortages of priests in the United States. On a church giving away $1000 every Sunday to a lucky attender: “If I can get someone in here and teach them and give them money, that’s what I’m going to do.”-Rev. Dan Willis, Lighthouse Church of All Nations in Alsip, Illinois On a church starting a worship service for pets: “God is light and God is love. And wherever there’s love, there’s God in some fashion. And when we love a dog and a dog loves us, that’s a part of God and God is a part of that. So we honor that.” – Rev. Tom Eggebeen, Covenant Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles On a church’s $130 million expansion: “We want to create a spiritual oasis that the residents of Dallas can enjoy.” -Pastor Robert Jeffress, First Baptist Church of Dallas

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