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Catholic Charities head rues wasteful bureaucracy in government programs

February 16, 2011

Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, is calling upon President Barack Obama and federal lawmakers to “create a new national approach” to assistance to the poor-- an approach that is “market driven, results oriented and locally controlled, enabling the country to permanently make a difference in the lives of those living in poverty that have for years been trapped in the same safety net that was originally intended to save them.”

“Data has shown that as much as forty cents of every dollar allocated to existing federal initiatives that provide greatly needed assistance to Americans who continue to struggle through this economic recovery are lost in the bureaucratic red tape associated with those programs,” he added. “If we truly want to reform government in a manner that wisely invests in efficiency and efficacy, we urge our nation's policymakers to look for ways to achieve recommended cuts by creating and maximizing bureaucratic efficiency first, rather than by simply sacrificing vital services on the ground.”


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  • Posted by: Steve214 - Feb. 16, 2011 8:19 AM ET USA

    How about an approach which is Christ-centered? But that would mean that the Church serves the poor, rather than the functionally atheistic government. I wonder how many Catholics care that Federal programs are functionally atheistic...and so could never work.