Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Another Reason Our Culture Needs The Catholic Church

The Catholic Church is the largest non-governmental provider of social services in the world, in fact, only the US government gives more money to social programs.

This is proven once again in Haiti relief.

Hollywood, using all of it's influence and many big-name stars, as well as the power of several networks carrying a live telethon, was able to raise $57 million for Haiti relief. This will, most of it at least, be used to help many people and is a good thing (I won't get into the problems with many of the organizations receiving the money).

On the other hand, the US Catholic Churches raised $105 million.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has been overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from Catholics across the U.S. in response to the needs of earthquake survivors in Haiti. So far, the special collection from U.S. dioceses raised over $55 million for emergency help, and other contributions have brought in an additional $50 million. The USCCB Subcommittee for the Church in Latin America is partnering with CRS in the response. CRS is focusing now on rebuilding efforts —such as moving people from makeshift camps to temporary housing as the rainy station draws near— while the Bishops’ Advisory Group for Haiti of the Church in Latin America Committee will help rebuild the Church’s fabric and infrastructure in the Caribbean nation. This video shows how CRS put those donations to action in the days immediately following the quake.

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