December 03, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI: "The Church's Deepest Nature"
Rocco reports, at Whispers in the Loggia, on a very interesting new motu proprio called "The Church's Deepest Nature: On the Services of Charity." It is, as Rocco says, about "on the Catholic identity and ecclesial oversight of the church's charitable efforts." A bit:
In carrying out their charitable activity . . . the various Catholic
organizations should not limit themselves merely to collecting and distributing
funds, but should show special concern for individuals in need and exercise a
valuable educational function within the Christian community, helping people to
appreciate the importance of sharing, respect and love in the spirit of the
Gospel of Christ. The Church’s charitable activity at all levels must avoid the
risk of becoming just another form of organized social assistance
(cf. ibid., 31). . . .
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How does this statement interact with the idea that the government funds faith-based providers of social services, with the proviso that there be no religiously-based discrimination among recipients? If there is discrimination among recipients based on religion, can the government continue to fund these providers?
Posted by: Ellen Wertheimer | Dec 5, 2012 11:42:47 AM
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