Catholics of the Archdiocese of Washington just saw, or will see, the flyer to the right at this weekend's Masses. It is a list of "frequently asked questions" and some very lame attempts at responses. Look at the questions. They are all citing valid reasons why Catholics with common sense and a sensus fideli should boycott the collection. The responses are farcical attempts to stymie the thinking of these Catholics and cajole them to giving anyway.
Case in point! Take a look at the second question. I quote, "I feel like the only way my voice can be heard is if I withhold support." By including this in its list of "frequently asked questions", the DC chancery is admitting that it has lost the trust of faithful Catholics.
To the Catholics who are withholding financial support, you are correct in surmising that your voice is now being heard. By publishing this dribble, the chancery concedes the effectiveness of your boycott. However, they don't want to change their ways one iota. For example, my blogging colleague at An Archdiocese Of Washington Catholic points out that we still haven't heard one peep about the Msgr Rossi investigation. There also exists that disgusting video of Archbishop Gregory at the Theology on Tap doing obeisance to gays and transgenders. The swamp at the DC chancery continues to be deep and fetid.
Let's ponder the first question and its answer. Basically the answer is "we know better than you how your charity dollars should be used." You can be sure that some of these "critical services and ministries" include progressive causes such as "resettling" illegal aliens, etc. Frankly I suspect these appeal funds are managed just as "well" as are the Peter's Pence funds in the Vatican.
Ladies and gentlemen, please keep starving this beast. That yellow piece of paper might well be signifying some needed pain and even death throes. Until the DC chancery realizes that the Catholic Church's FIRST business is the saving of souls, not one penny should go to them.