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By Christopher Baker on Sun Mar 26 00:19:03 1995
From: David Rice
To: Judith Bandsma
Date: 24 Mar 95 12:09:02
Subj: Try God Dry!
-=> Quoting Judith Bandsma to David Rice <=-
>DR> The owner of Dominos Pizza sends a large percentage of his
>DR> profit to "Operation 'Rescue.'" He's a hyperfundy.
JB> I just recently learned about that, but we quit ordering
JB> Dominos quite some time ago. Didn't do it for 'political'
JB> reasons, but I am quite glad to find that I am depriving
JB> a detested organization of my money.
Midshipman Q has receintly told me that the ownership of
Dominoes has changed hands. I don't know how to varify this.
A related article, long out of date:
CHURCH OPENS DOOR FOR DOMINO'S CULT CONNECTION
Domino's founders closely tied to right-wing causes.
For Thomas Monaghan, the path to heaven is paved with mozzarella
cheese. Monaghan is founder and chief executive officer of Domino's,
the biggest home delivery pizza chain in the world. He's also a
regular guest of the Vatican, founder of a controversial Catholic
businessmen's group closely linked to an authoritarian cult,
financial backer of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, and a
supporter of anti-left counterinsurgencies in the Third World.
The man who has made millions off pizza was in Toronto recently,
trying to expand his spiritual empire into the souls of Canadian
It's not clear just how much control Monaghan has over Domino's
franchises in Canada. The manager of a local Domino's francise says
he "isn't allowed to talk about it." He refers inquires to the
Toronto Director of Operations, who does not return calls.
Domino's International has operations in 20 countries. Domino's
Pizza of Canada Limited, a subsidiary of Domino's International, has
become King of Canadian pizzas in a mere 7 years. From a single
store in Winnepeg, the company now boasts 140 outlets across Canada,
with 75 in Ontario and 7 in Toronto.
It is known that Canadian outlets buy all their ingredients from
Domino-owned commissaries. At one of the commissaries, located in
Kitchener, all questions are referred to Domino's headquarters in
The man behind this secretive fast-food empire came to Toronto to
pave the way for a branch of his equally shadowy club of Roman
Catholic corporate kingpins.
The trip, it appears, was a success. The Catholic archdiocese of
Toronto has given a go-ahead for the establishment of a local
chapter of Legatus.
To Catholic leaders, Legatus is an elite Catholic club of
millionaries trying to keep god and Christ alive in the cut-throat
world of high finance. To others, the organization is the financial
backbone of a destructive cult called The Word of God, which
maintains absolute control of it's followers through a practice
Legatus first approached the archdiocese chaplain, monsignor Robert
Charlebois, met with then archbishop Emmett Carter and arranged to
have Monaghan address the diocesan hierarchy.
"(Monaghan) flew in in his own plane with three or four others who
were members of Legatus," says Pearse Lacey, bishop for the western
district of the archdiocese and one of three personal advisors to
Carter and archbishop Aloysius Ambrozic. "He spoke primarily to the
subject of Legatus and explained what it was, and expressed the hope
that there was a place for another chapter in this city."
According to Lacey, Monaghan asked the archbishop for permission to
setup shop in Toronto. "it would be very prudent because people
would immediately question his credability" if he did not have the
archbishop's stamp of approval, Lacey says.
To be eligible to join Legatus, a member has to be the head of a
corporation doing at least $4 million in sales.
"What quickley won my favour was the fact that they were basically a
spiritual organization who recognized that people in high positions
often times are more impoverished by the role of leadership they are
placed in," Lacey says. "So I thought, 'Gee, this is a terrific
idea.' They are a group of people in society and because of their
eliteness are very impoverished."
Monaghan is indeed elite. As the founder of Domino's Pizza chain,
his personal wealth is estimated to be more than $400 million. He is
also owner of the Detriot Tigers baseball team.
In an interview in his spacious office in Ann Arbor, Monaghan says
he decided in 1987, after a session with the pope, that he would
form an exclusive organization of Catholic CEOs. "Within an hour of
meeting him, I came up with this idea.... I now believe that
establishing Legatus is the reason the lord put me on this earth,"
Each fall, the group holds weeklong meetings in Rome that include an
audience with the pope. In 1989. Legatus held a three-day event in
Washington DC, that included meetings with George Bush and serveral
cabinet members in the White House.
Legatus - whose headquarters are next door to Monaghan's office -
has established chapters in a number os U.S. cities and is
organizing chapters abroad. Monaghan is chair of the group, while a
Domino's vice-president is vice-chair.
Despite Legatus's claim of being apolitical, new right leaders such
as Phyllis Schlafy and Paul Weyrich have participated in it's
programs. Phyllis Schlafy a Legatus member, is well known for her
campaign against the U.S. Equal Rights Amendments, which would have
guaranteed equal protection for women, as well as her hard-line
support for Star Wars. Weyrich is one of the key leaders of the
radical right in Washington, DC, and a founder of Jerry Falwell's
now defunct Moral Majority.
In Los Angeles, a key Legatus organizer also heads a local group
that distributes the literature of the John Birch Society, a far
right political group.
Potential members are told that Legatus' purpose is to improve the
spiritual lives and ethical decision-making of it's members. "If
there were a political dimension in (Legatus), it would cause us
(bishops and clergy) to question it credability," Lacey says.
Even more contraversial than Legatus is Word of God (WOG), whose
leaders claim to have recieved divinely inspired prophecies wherein
god is to have said, "I am going to make you my people in a way
which I have never before made any people my people."
But to be so chosen, there must be total obedience to "the
shepherd," the spiritual leader of individual WOG groups. Members
who challenge the authority of shepherds can be judged as possessed
by demons and are subject to traumatic exorcism rites by WOG
leaders. Exorcism, rarely practised in mainstream churches, is seen
by WOG as a means of countering demons of "rebelliousness,
independence, feminism, isolation, etc..," according to a WOG
Monaghan says he has no ties to WOG. But former and current Domino's
employees say WOG followers are present in significant numbers in
Domino's headquarters in Ann Arbor and recieve preferential
treatment at promotion or layoff time. WOG members have risen to
senior executive levels of the pizza chain.
The interconnections of Domino's, Legatus, and Word of God are most
clearly manifest in the person Franciso Zuniga, who is
simultaneously the Central American coordinator of Domino's Pizza
and Legatus. He was trained by the Word of God to be shepherding
leader, so that when Monaghan sent him to Hondouras, he bacame
leader of a branch of Sword of the Spirit (SOS).
SOS is led by the Word of God, which trains leaders of SOS branches
in sheperding methods. Other SOS branches operate in Belfast,
Beiruit, Managua, Johannesburg, Manila and a number of U.S. cities.
While no SOS branches exist in Canada, SOS leaders hold rallies in
Canadian cities, mostly in the name of their Catholic evangelical
group - Faith, Intercession, Repentence and Evangelism (FIRE).
According to WOG documents, Monaghan has given substansial sums of
money to the organization, such as a $100,000 matching grant to WOG
leader Ralph Martin's television program.
Monaghan built a huge headquarters building in Ann Arbor in the
early 1980's that included a chapel where daily mass is held fo
Catholic employees. The priest for the chapel, Patrick Egan, is one
of two priests in the Word of God (about 50 per cent of the 1,600
adults in WOG claim to be Catholic).
It was Egan who interested Monaghan in giving financial support to a
priest in rural Hondouras in 1984. The priest, Father Enrique
Sylvestre, was the head of a WOG-like group that was building a
presence in Hondouras. Monaghan setup a tomato sauce packing plant,
Domino's francises and a factory that makes pants for export that
retail for $200 per pair.
All the profits get plowed back into Sylvestre's group, the Fortress
of God, which is one of approximately 50 groups around the world
that form an umbrella group.
Lacey says he isn't worried about WOG. "I would look with favour on
it." says Lacey. "It's very kosher. It's very good. There could be
abuses, but essentially the charismatic movement is a healthy
movement. You can find kooks anywhere and abuses everywhere. If I
can generalize and put my finger on what the Word of God is about,
it's about providing a mutual, spiritual support in living out a
Christian life. They have come together in some kind of community
living. It doesn't embrace everybody."
Monaghan's commitment apparently doesn't exxtend to Christian
charity. Recently, he told a Detroit audience that a family of four
could get by on an annual food budget of $300 by buying powdered
milk and grains in bulk.
Hostility to the Sandinistas is another common ingredient in the WOG
and Monaghan relationship. In 1983, WOG secretly established the
Puebla Institute to publish material critical of the Nicarauguan
government. The first book published by the institue, Christians
under Fire, was partly written and financed by the CIA, according to
sources associated with the contras.
After publishing their CIA-funded book, Puebla sent 400 copies to a
professional anti-communist group in Mississauga to distribute to
the Canadian Government.
Klaas Brobbel, director of the Canadian branch, of Jesus to the
Communist World, an international organization dedicated to bringing
the dwindling number of reds to Christ, denies any CIA connection to
his organization. "We sell (the Puebla Institute's) literature
because we support what they do."
Jesus to the Communist World, onwhose board of directors Brobbel
serves, has been involved in trying to convert communist guerillas
in areas of intense CIA backed and WOG supported countries, like the
Philippines and El Salvador.
Monaghan has also become one of the leading sugar daddies to the
anti-choice forces in the U.S.
In a Michigan referndum on public funding of abortions for poor
women, Monaghan was the largest funder of the effort to cut off
state aid, contributing over $110,000 to various groups who oppose a
women's choice on abortion.
This action sparked a national boycott by the National Organization
of Women, which has issued press statements and conducted picket
lines at Domino's outlets. The committee to boycott Domino's has
been joined by groups opposed to Monaghan's activities in Central
America and by a group of affluent residents in the area of Domino's
headquarters threatened by his land use policies.
Recently, Domino's boycott leaders have discovered that a house
owned by Domino's has been used as the headquarters for a Michigan
unit of Operation Rescue, which attempts to block clinics where
abortions are performed. the house is occupied by Father McGrath, a
member of the Word of God.
But Lacey says Monaghan's activities are merely part of being a good
Christian. "We can't just follow a Christian god, Jesus Christ,
without getting off our backsides, sometimes and taking some action."
Reprinted without permission from Toronto based, NOW magazine June
7-13, 1990 By Russ Bellant, Additional Research by Howard Goldenthal
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