Bishop Horace Donegan of New York ordained me to the priesthood, and he told me this story:
There was a wealthy woman in New York who owned a large country estate which she
wanted to leave to the church in her
will.She didn't mind a little competition over her largesse, so she invited Bishop Donegan of the Episcopal Church and Cardinal Spellman to come to tea at her Park Avenue duplex.She
told the prelates that she
wanted this property to be used by whichever church got it as a conference center, and she
wanted it used this way `in perpetuity.' As the princes of the Church were descending in the woman's private elevator, Cardinal Spellman said, "You know, Bishop, `perpetuity' is a hell of a long time."