phemt saidDo Catholics have so little belief in their own charities that they need gov't funding for those efforts? Are Catholics so unwilling to reach into their own pockets but instead reach into tax payer pockets to fund the "good works" they are supposively called by their faith to do?
Recent events in Washington DC show how much gov't support Catholic Charities recieve from tax payers. Last year Catholic Charities DC received $16 million of its $23 million budget through gov't contracts. If someone gives me a $1 to give to homeless guy - was it really my charity or the person's who gave the dollar to me in the first place? The Catholic church is so sad on so many fronts.
The Roman Catholic Church is quite odd because they claim to follow Christ, but don't accept a lot of his Word. I just don't get it.
If you would like to “get" how much Catholic doctrine is based on the word of Jesus and the Bible, purchase a copy of the Baltimore Catechism. For every Catholic doctrine, there is a notated source at the end of each lesson showing where the doctrine is supported by scripture.
The Catholic Church in America is in an extreme shortage of funds, with dwindling attendance and donations due to the economy. The charities are stretched with many more people needing assistance due to the economy. The Catholic Charities will help anyone they can. ANY person.
I am wary of the Catholic Church receiving taxpayer money. As an American I distrust mingling church and government. Will there be influence of the church in government affairs? But these institutions WILL fail the community without support. Weigh the benefits to the loss.
The Catholic Charities are based on the precepts laid down in the beatitudes, and the virtues of faith, hope and charity. With assistance to those in need, they foster faith in humanity so people have hope to continue through difficult times. Charity for any who need it.
Here is the text on charity, from the Catechism, based on scripture, from the Vatican website: (Thank you for your patience if you choose to read it.)Charity
1822 Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God.
1823 Jesus makes charity the new commandment.96 By loving his own "to the end,"97 he makes manifest the Father's love which he receives. By loving one another, the disciples imitate the love of Jesus which they themselves receive. Whence Jesus says: "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love." And again: "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."98
1824 Fruit of the Spirit and fullness of the Law, charity keeps the commandments of God and his Christ: "Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love."99
1825 Christ died out of love for us, while we were still "enemies."100 The Lord asks us to love as he does, even our enemies, to make ourselves the neighbor of those farthest away, and to love children and the poor as Christ himself.101
The Apostle Paul has given an incomparable depiction of charity: "charity is patient and kind, charity is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Charity does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Charity bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."102
1826 "If I . . . have not charity," says the Apostle, "I am nothing." Whatever my privilege, service, or even virtue, "if I . . . have not charity, I gain nothing."103 Charity is superior to all the virtues. It is the first of the theological virtues: "So faith, hope, charity abide, these three. But the greatest of these is charity."104
1827 The practice of all the virtues is animated and inspired by charity, which "binds everything together in perfect harmony";105 it is the form of the virtues; it articulates and orders them among themselves; it is the source and the goal of their Christian practice. Charity upholds and purifies our human ability to love, and raises it to the supernatural perfection of divine love.
1828 The practice of the moral life animated by charity gives to the Christian the spiritual freedom of the children of God. He no longer stands before God as a slave, in servile fear, or as a mercenary looking for wages, but as a son responding to the love of him who "first loved us":106
If we turn away from evil out of fear of punishment, we are in the position of slaves. If we pursue the enticement of wages, . . . we resemble mercenaries. Finally if we obey for the sake of the good itself and out of love for him who commands . . . we are in the position of children.107
1829 The fruits of charity are joy, peace, and mercy; charity demands beneficence and fraternal correction; it is benevolence; it fosters reciprocity and remains disinterested and generous; it is friendship and communion: Love is itself the fulfillment of all our works. There is the goal; that is why we run: we run toward it, and once we reach it, in it we shall find rest.108
Humanity is sad. All of us. But we strive in hope to improve our condition through faith and charity.