[My response to “A Catholic tradition of social justice,” The News & Observer, May 12, 2012]
We Catholics do not just help the poor; we are the poor. For this reason we share our gifts with each other. Indeed, some of these gifts will go toward the construction of a new Cathedral, which in turn we will share in the worship of Christ. Such worship inspires greater numbers of the faithful to charity, both within this diocese and beyond. We do not just give to an organization to which we do not belong. We strive, often imperfectly, to have our goods and gifts in common for the construction of a kingdom to the benefit of the orphan, the widow, and the sojourner, and others in distress. If others outside of the Church are concerned with the welfare of the poor in our area, they, too, should give as they are able; there are number of groups that strive in an honest way to alleviate the struggles of those affected by poverty, hunger, drug-addiction, et al.
Perhaps we all might begin with the money we give to political campaigns or PACs. It’s been a while since I’ve seen an ad that has been charitable or constructive, either in the feeding of the hungry or otherwise.
Charles H. McCants