Demand Reform

by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  •  August 13, 2018   

Purse strings are the whips to drive the change

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Money, not morals, moved Hollywood moguls to stop the sex abuse of vulnerable adults by those in positions of power. So too in the Church, emptying the bishops' coffers while still supporting the Church will move bishops to stop the homosexual predation of adults by those in power.

Canon 222 states, "The Christian faithful are obliged to assist with the needs of the Church." This can be done in various ways so as to communicate to the bishops that they need to address the #CatholicMeToo crisis in the Church. As each diocese taxes their parish collections, one way to give but still hold bishops accountable is to earmark your donations for specific expenses in your parish — e.g., "This money can only be used to pay for the parish [roofing project, electricity bill, water bill, etc.] and may not be used for any other purpose."

Another way to give so that the bishops still feels the pinch is to donate directly to specific diocesan organizations of your choice such as a seminary, a soup kitchen or a Catholic school, to name a few. Too many bishops simply look at the financial liability and not the principles involved before they act or don't act.

Other ways to give creatively to the support of the Church is to give directly to your priest. If he is trustworthy, he will use your money wisely for the parish. The bishop has no legal right to a priest's money. Industrious souls may also wish to set up a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization controlled by the laity. Donations to this fund are tax-deductible and funds can be drawn out from it to pay for specific Church organizations of your choice.

Check out Church Militant's #CatholicMeToo coverage.

It is sad that withholding money from various fundraisers by bishops and from their pet projects has to be used as a financial incentive for them to clean up the filth in their diocese. But that is, unfortunately, the sad state of affairs in so many dioceses today.

Watch the panel discuss how to support the Church without filling bishops' coffers in The Download—Demand Reform.


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