Americana: Bread upon the Waters

Father Edmund Nadolny lives by the Bible, though he does not always know which part. Two years ago, he thought he was testing the "Parable of the Talents" when he borrowed $20,000 and gave it to 50 investors who would share their profits with the church. In the Bible, two servants return with profits and a third is hurtled into "outer darkness." In Father Nadolny's case, only five came back with earnings. Loss: about $18,000.

Father Nadolny's losses got publicity — not surprisingly, for he oversees radio and television for the Hartford archdiocese and has his own radio...

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