During lunch today someone sitting near me was talking about visiting the Vatican. She commented with angst “look at all of the gold on the ceiling, how many poor people could they feed with that?” This instantly reminded me of a comment my dad said years ago. He complained that the church could sell its art work and donate millions to the poor, and that they were hypocritical for not doing so.
It’s easy to tell other people to do with their money, when you have no reason to complain other than your emotional hate for the church. It’s easy to redistribute, to point out how you would spend it if it was your own. And, it’s easy to criticize the Catholic church because you know doing so won’t result in your head being cut off or getting stoned to death.
People continue to battle the church, including the president. His healthcare laws forced the Catholic church to choose between coverage and their morals, then last year he changed his stance (one of his myriad flip flops), and then recent modifications to the law shifted the decision away from churches and put the choices on the insurance companies now. In other words, instead of the faith-based employers or churches paying for contraception coverage, either the insurers or the government will pick it up. So, the same moral dilemma occurs, but now the church just isn’t paying for it.
Remember, the left enjoys attacking the church and loves to point out the horrific atrocities that occurred hundreds of years ago. They love to point out horrible mistakes made by a very small percentage of priests, while at the same time they dare not speak out against radical Islamic practices such as stoning women to death because they were raped (Muslims call that adultery). They ignore how radical Muslims burn homosexuals alive, or regularly beat their women. (Remember, in Islam, women are somewhere between slave and a free person.) Liberals dare not take on the traditional black Baptist population, one that is largely opposed to gay marriage. Instead they pick on the Catholics, an easy target. You know what that sounds like to me? Bullying.
Let’s take a look at just how much the Catholic church helps the world.
- The Catholic Church was founded long before there were hospitals. Today, nearly one-sixth of all hospital patients in America is taken care of by a Catholic hospital.
- Catholic hospitals are ahead of other hospitals in a wide range of public health and specialty services traditionally considered “unprofitable.”
- The Catholic Church teaches 3 million students a day: in its more than 250 Catholic Colleges and Universities, in its more than 1200 Catholic High Schools and its more than 5000 Catholic grade schools.
- Every day, the Catholic Church feeds, clothes, shelters and educates more people than any other organization in the world.
- At least ninety-three Catholic Charities adoption agencies can be found online; they are nationwide and have placed thousands of babies into loving homes since the 1920s.
Churches all over the world serve as a refuge to the poor, the needy, and the destitute. Yet in America there exists a rising tide of anti-church hatred, despite all of the good that the church performs. At the same time Americans are being asked to embrace Muslim practices in America, whether it be burqa day at school, or ignoring Muslim honor killings in Texas, or sweeping stories about the New Jersey hate crime of beheading Christians under the rug, or calling the Boston bombers lone wolves, or calling the Fort Hood massacre an incident of workplace violence. Remember, we are not at war with anyone, all of that stuff going overseas is just workplace violence.
So before you consider a liberal anti-church rant, or before you rush to dismiss terrorist activities in America, consider the following. The Catholic church is by far the most giving global charity in both human volunteer time and billions of dollars every year. Meanwhile,
- Have you ever been tended to in a Muslim hospital?
- Have you benefited from a Muslim charity?
- Have you ever seen a Muslim gay pride parade?
- Have you ever visited a Muslim women’s shelter?
If you think the Catholic church could do a better job with charity, or that it should lose tax-exempt status, check your premise. Then again, if you tend to say these things, you probably believe that the government would do a better job of spending money than the church.