Please go to the website of Our Parish Times and examine the January 2020 edition. On the front page, left side is an article by Msgr John Enz ler entitled "Is Our Anger Hurting Those Most In Need?" As you read it, you'll see that it's not much more than a cheap attempt to lay guilt trips on faithful Catholics who are making their disappointment known in the only language the Church hierarchy understands - money. Well, obviously we are having an impact in that area. That is why we see this backlash from Ensler, who no doubt scribbled this screed at the behest of higher-ups in the Church.
Not only does Enzler dance around the problems that we are addressing (other than token lip service), but he is actually downright dishonest about the use of our donations. Nowhere in his diatribe do I see acknowledged the fact that a portion of our donations to our parishes is assessed by the Archdiocese and then paid to the chancery. Moreover, as I noted last week, the Archdiocese in turn forks over a portion of those assessments to the USCCB. In his article, Enzler quotes the late Tip O'Neill who said "all politics is local". If that is the case, Msgr Enzler, why shouldn't donations stay local as well?
If the DC chancery is really concerned about the financial well-being of their parishes, they would announce ways that parishioners could donate without any money being siphoned up the chain of command. Perhaps they might cease their own contributions to the USCCB. Perhaps the bishops as a whole stop having their semi-annual meetings in swanky hotels; a retreat center would be more in conformity with their sacerdotal offices, anyway.
In the meantime, I would suggest that faithful Catholics do all they can to keep their money from funding corrupt chanceries and the USCCB. Now we do have the precept of the Church that says we must support the work of the Church. But it is not the work of the Church to shield predators from justice or to glom onto progressive causes as though they are equivalent to the salvation of souls. There are traditional orders to be supported. There are local charities and pro-life efforts that operate on shoe-string budgets. There are local food banks and soup kitchens that need help. Truth-telling Catholic sites such as LifeSiteNews and Lepanto Institute need assistance. This is a non-exhaustive list of organizations that will put your donation dollars to worthy use.
Maybe Enzler might want to think of the real mission of the Church. Then he might write of himself and his cronies, "Is Our Dereliction of Duty Condemning the Souls in Our Care to Hell?"
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