September 20, 2005

Thomas Monaghan Interview

...here. HT: Ham o' Bone.
Q: Are successful business leaders who aren't religious less honest, moral or effective?

A: Businessmen get a bum rap. Surveys show that the most religious profession is the military. Businessmen are No. 2. You're not going to like this, but people in the media were at the bottom of the list.

Q: Jesus said that it's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Have you thought that through?

A: The nuns told us that money was the root of all evil. But it's the love of money that's the root of all evil. Money is neutral. It prints Bibles and pays for priests, hospitals, orphanages and soup kitchens. I found a way of justifying luxuries as good for business. The car collection made sense because Domino's was in the delivery business. Airplanes because my time was money.

Q: So, you live like Mother Teresa now?

A: I'm not living like a pauper, but I don't engage in ostentatious things. I read the book Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis about 15 years ago, and that was a big turnaround. I decided to simplify my life. No more airplanes, no more yachts. It's been a big relief.

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