O’Malley, St. Louis archbishop put faith in their teams with friendly World Series wager

Two specially placed Boston and St. Louis fans are putting faith in their home team for the upcoming World Series.

Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, the archbishop of St. Louis, proposed a wager with Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, the Archdiocese of Boston said today. The archbishop of the losing team will donate $100 to the Catholic Charities of the winner’s archdiocese, according to the terms.

“The Cardinal is a man of peace, but he is a Boston sports fan,” said Terrence Donilon, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Boston. “He has been to Fenway with some of his priests over the years.”

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Catholic Charities provide a wide scale of services to individuals and families in times of need. A donation of $100 can feed a family of four for a week, provide books to classrooms, or support training programs, Donilon said.

“The Red Sox have an entire region energized and excited at the possibility of winning another championship,” Donilon said. “They have a great team of players who are fun and talented. The cardinal is appreciative of the Red Sox presence in the community and their kindness for our clergy.”

It is not the first time Cardinal O’Malley has wagered over a Boston sports team. When the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011, the archdiocese won a $100 for Catholic Charities from its Vancouver counterpart.

“Following the events of last April and the way in which the city and region pulled together with the help of so many organizations like the Red Sox, it would be a wonderful achievement to see another championship brought to Boston,” said Donilon.

The Cardinals and Red Sox will face off at Fenway Park on Wednesday night for the 109th World Series.