In an interview on CNBC on Monday, Home Depot founder and devout Catholic Ken Langone said that the Pope’s statements about capitalism have left many potential “capitalist benefactors” wary of donating to the Church or its fundraising projects.
According to Langone, an anonymous, “potential seven-figure donor” for the Church’s restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral is concerned that the Pope’s criticism of capitalism are “exclusionary," especially his statements about the “culture of prosperity” leading to the wealthy being “incapable of feeling compassion for the poor.”
Langone advised Cardinal Timothy Dolan that Francis should "be careful about generalities" because "Rich people in one country don’t act the same as rich people in another country." Presumably, Langone is suggesting that American rich people are different than rich people in the rest of the world. Given that Langone himself supplied one example of a wealthy [presumably] American who was considering withholding funds from the church because of something the Pope said, his theory that wealthy Americans are selfless do-gooders seems to be based on shaky ground.