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$24M given to retired religious from national collection

Catholic World News - August 05, 2014

The National Religious Retirement Office has granted $24 million to 424 religious communities to help pay for medication, nursing care, and other expenses associated with the care of retired religious.

The grants were funded by an annual collection taken up in parishes in the United States in December. The office is jointly sponsored by the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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  • Posted by: Louise01 - Aug. 06, 2014 12:39 AM ET USA

    Since I don't support the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, I contribute direct to my favorite religious order

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Aug. 05, 2014 7:52 PM ET USA

    Maybe the poor results reflect on the sponsors. 1- The LCWR is not what you could call a faithful Catholic group. 2- The USCCB has a poor record in handling money. For years they have been giving money to organizations that take stands against the church through the CHD. Not to mention the millions they have caused the church to pay for not nipping the priest sex abuse scandal in the very beginning.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Aug. 05, 2014 5:56 PM ET USA

    I agree with the other 3 posts and would add a sad observation: This $24 million is a very small drop in the large bucket of bucks wasted on lawyers and court settlements because of the perversion of a small percentage of priests and the subsequent cover up by many insouciant bishops. With the money wasted on that fiasco alone, we could afford to put these deserving religious in the most expensive hotels in America and give them a Cadillac-level health care plan. But it was all thrown away....

  • Posted by: 1Jn416 - Aug. 05, 2014 2:37 PM ET USA

    The amount of this collection is a shame. There are about 78 million Catholics in the US. Even if only 25% go to Mass every week, that's an average of less than $1.50 per practicing Catholic donated to this annual collection. Most religious do not qualify for Social Security or Medicare, and many congregations are struggling with increasing numbers of elderly members. We should be giving more.

  • Posted by: dfp3234574 - Aug. 05, 2014 11:54 AM ET USA

    $24 million for a national collection is not very impressive. Our retired religious deserve better than this, I believe.

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Aug. 05, 2014 11:25 AM ET USA

    it is a really modest amount of money per retired religious.

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