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  •  This is why (5+ / 0-)
    I have a lot of trouble understanding why good people like you and some in my family continue to support these horrible people by attending their ceremonies and contributing money and time.
    The Catholic Church and Catholic organizations are doing a lot of good out there.  I'm not saying it's perfect, and not saying it couldn't be better.  But this should help you understand why "good people" aren't willing to so easily give up on the Church.

    Catholic Charities USA

    Since 1910, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) has served as a national advocate for the most vulnerable in our nation, guided by the basic belief in the inherent dignity of every human being.

    CCUSA’s Social Policy priorities are guided by the the moral responsibility of society to ensure that the dignity of human life is reflected in all aspects of public policy.  We advocate for policy initiatives that enable the strengthening of individuals and the reduction of poverty.

    It is our tradition and belief that our country, through its policies and federal budget, must demonstrate a priority for attending to the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable persons in society.

    Key Issue Areas

        Family Economic Security: All persons should have the opportunity to adequately provide for themselves and their families. The family is the indispensable and essential unit of our society, and policies must promote and strengthen the economic security of families.

        Health Care: Special attention must be paid to the basic health needs of the poor and marginalized. Health care reform, and addressing such needs, is a matter of fundamental justice.

        Housing: Catholic Charities agencies across the country have worked to develop safe, affordable housing for families at every level on the housing continuum from homeless shelters and affordable housing development, to home purchasing.

        Hunger: It is unacceptable in a nation as bountiful as ours that children, adults, and senior citizens experience food insecurity that puts their physical, mental and developmental health at risk.

        Special Populations: In the advocacy work of CCUSA, particular focus is given to the needs of special populations, including but not limited to the elderly, the disabled, those living within our justice system, rural and urban populations, immigrants and refugees, and the victims of injustices perpetrated by others.

        Workforce Development: CCUSA believes education and skills training are essential to the long term success of our nation’s youth and adults. It is a fundamental part of creating a competitive workforce and a strong economy that benefits all. Education is not only necessary for economic advancement, but it also has wide ranging social benefits that promote the common good.

    Also Catholic Relief Services
    (small example of what they do)
    Mother and Child Health Counts

    Deaths during childbirth in the developing world are tragically common. People in poor, rural communities—far away from the nearest health center—often lack prenatal services and access to health education. Getting husbands involved in maternal health is key to a healthy mother and baby, and is a central aim in CRS' Child Survival programs.

    Thanks to a CRS program in Nicaragua, the number of women delivering their babies in hospitals, rather than at home, has increased 60 percent in the CRS project area since 2008. And the number of prenatal visits increased from 40 percent to more than 70 percent in some of the most remote communities. The couples go for prenatal care together and jointly make decisions about the pregnancy and delivery. They make arrangements to stay at a maternity house for the birth of the child and learn how to care for the baby together.

    CRS also plans to use inexpensive mobile phones to help families go to appointments, share information and receive better care.

    Then there's St. Vincent De Paul
       
    Services We Provide

        Food programs
        Emergency financial assistance
        Emergency transportation
        Disaster relief and victim services
        Rent/mortgage assistance
        Low-cost housing
        Shelters for the homeless
        Shelters for the abused
        Assistance for victims of AIDS, substance abuse, and crime
        Thrift Stores
        Free pharmacy services
        Employment services
        Job training
        Counseling/Information
        Referral service
        Education programs (GED)
        Homemaker services
        Budget counseling
        Nutritional education
        Youth programs
        Camp programs
        Social justice programs
        Advocacy
        Twinning, foreign and domestic
        Prison Ministry
        Halfway houses for ex-offenders
        Burial of the indigent
        Embracing the lonely, forgotten, and alienated
        Service to anyone in need

    I'm not saying all this good this excuses or justifies any bad behavior in the Church Hierarchy.  But it should help you understand how "good people" can still call themselves Catholic.

    Our Dime: Understanding the Federal Budget

    by Dustin Mineau on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 07:24:52 AM PST

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    •  Let's add about 1000 colleges and universities. (1+ / 0-)
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      Dustin Mineau

      We are the principled ones, remember? We don't get to use the black hats' tricks even when it would benefit us. Political Compass: -6.88, -6.41

      by bmcphail on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 09:17:03 AM PST

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    •  Yet you can't support that monetarily without (0+ / 0-)

      also supporting all of the evil stuff in the Church Hierarchy.  After all, how can you be sure your money is going to the good works instead of being used as hush money?

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:05:08 PM PST

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      •  That's a problem with all private charities (0+ / 0-)

        That's not a problem unique to any Church.  Any private charity can squander money.  You can never guarantee anything in life.  If I had that standard there would be few organizations I would give money too.  That includes the democratic party and U.S. government.

        In addition, you might not be familiar with church finances.  There are "general donations" as well as "targeted donations" that go directly to an organization.

        Our Dime: Understanding the Federal Budget

        by Dustin Mineau on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 01:31:39 PM PST

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