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Pizza Magnate Forms Political Action Committee

Former Domino's Pizza magnate Tom Monaghan has started a political action committee.

The Ann Arbor Political Action Committee, named after the Michigan city Monaghan calls home, will support local, state and national candidates who share Monaghan's enthusiasm for Catholic schools and his opposition to abortion rights.

"We will be a significant player in elections both here in Michigan and across the county, at both the state and federal levels," Monaghan told the Ann Arbor News.

Raising funds should not be a problem for Monaghan due to his vast network of wealthy conservative allies. The PAC's advisory board already features former Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork, Amway chairman Dick Devos and Michael Novak, a policy wonk at the American Enterprise Institute.

Monaghan is also the founder of Legatus, an international group of multi-millionaire Catholic CEOs committed to applying religious principles in business. Despite Monaghan's insistence that his commitment is to principles and not politics, Legatus recently hosted a dinner at the Women's Republican Club of New York.

Ex-Seminarian Can Sue Jesuits For Sexual Harassment

Religious organizations are not exempt from sexual harassment lawsuits against their clergy, according to a recent decision from a federal appeals court.

In a unanimous Dec. 1 ruling, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said a religious order could face civil charges without government interference in the institution's faith.

"There is no danger that, by allowing this suit to proceed, we will thrust the secular courts into the constitutionally untenable position of passing judgment on questions of religious faith or doctrine," Judge William Fletcher wrote in Bollard v. The California Province of the Society of Jesus.

The controversy arose when John Bollard left seminary in 1996 after allegedly being subjected to sexual advances by at least a dozen priests over a five-and-a-half year period. Bollard also claims that he received several pornographic cards from priests and invitations to attend gay bars while studying with the California Jesuits.

After leaving seminary, Bollard became the first former seminarian ever to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against the Jesuits. In his complaint, Bollard named the priests involved in the incidents and is seeking more than $1 million in...

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