Religion: On Passing the Basket

In his long lifetime, tall, gentle-voiced Msgr. John L. Belford, who at 86 is pastor of Brooklyn's Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity, has founded two parishes, built two churches and a convent, enlarged a school, and paid off debts in a manner which astounded his superiors. Other priests have often urged him to put down on paper the methods they had very good reason to respect. In the American Ecclesiastical Review last week, Msgr. Belford finally discussed his fund-raising techniques. Excerpts:

"The famous Father Orr of Cambridge, Mass. . . . who was always called 'Billy,' [was once] asked, 'What is...

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