And speaking of prudential judgments on political matters (see the post below), consider this passage from a statement just released by Catholic Charities USA:
As demand for services continues to increase at Catholic Charities across the country, it is critical that Congress take concrete steps, starting with the federal budget, to help low-income families.
Huh? What? Why?
If the agencies affiliated with Catholic Charities see an increased demand for their services, it follows that Catholic Charities should take concrete steps to help low-income families. They're the ones to whom the poor people are coming to help; they're the ones with the immediate need. So if Catholic Charities USA were to cite the increased need in an appeal for donations-- it could be a very timely appeal, tied to the pious practice of increased almsgiving during Lent-- that would make perfect sense.
But Catholic Charities isn't asking for money from you and me; the nationwide group is asking-- demanding would be a more accurate term-- money from Congress. Ultimately that money would come from you and me, of course. But it would come in the form of taxation, not charity.
And it is called Catholic Charities USA, you know-- not, say, Catholic Tax Revenues USA-- which, come to think of it, might be more accurate.
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Feb. 05, 2008 11:36 PM ET USA
Scripture tells us that the Good Samaritan actually helped the man by the side of the road. He didn't lobby the Sanhedrin for a program to care for travelers. It strikes me that we Christians are called to show God's love by helping others. But, I never have seen any love in a government program. If love is there is is well hidden by regulations and paperwork.
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Feb. 05, 2008 2:09 PM ET USA
Why is it a forgone conclusion that the poor and the needy are entitled to more government programs and money. The reason why Catholic Charities is in existence is precisely for the reason stated above, they are, in the name of the Church, the givers and caretakers of the poor. Stop giving our money away through programs that help no one in the long run.