Mackenzie Scott Donates Millions to Controversial Group Outspoken on Catholic Issues, Religious Freedom| National Catholic Register

Several million dollars from the Amazon fortune of Jeff Bezos’ former wife Mackenzie Scott have funded a controversial multireligious advocacy group, Faith in Public Life.  Faith in Public Life combines a vision of progressive politics with criticism of the Catholic bishops’ debate on the Eucharist and Catholic public figures. It has also advocated against efforts to secure strong religious-freedom protections for Catholic adoption agencies and the Little Sisters of the Poor, who are fighting pro-LGBT and pro-contraception government mandates. Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life, told Religion News Service that the donation from Scott and her husband, Dan Jewett, was a “significant multimillion-dollar gift.” Butler, an ordained Presbyterian minister, chaired the Obama White House Council on Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships from 2015 to 2016. Scott, the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, was an early leader at the company. She and Bezos divorced in 2019, and she received a stake in the company worth about $38 billion at the time, the newspaper The Scotsman reports. The value of Scott’s share in the company rose to $66.4 billion when Amazon became a dominant provider of goods and services during the coronavirus pandemic. According to financial news site Bloomberg’s analysis, she was at that point the richest woman in the world.

Mackenzie Scott Donates Millions to Controversial Group Outspoken on Catholic Issues, Religious Freedom| National Catholic Register

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