Now here’s a laugh… We’ve been anointed “Rogue of the Week” by editorial board members from the Willamette Weekly fishwrap.
[ROGUE OF THE WEEK]
Archdiocese Of Portland
Defunding the homeless.
The Rogue Desk understands that charitable donors don’t have to fund their opponents [Stop. Actually, the homeless are not our opponents. 2000 plus-years of caring for the homeless alone dismisses this point… But, for the record, these numbers from a non-Catholic on Catholic social action in America:
—the Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday, at cost to your Church of 10 billion dollars
—the Catholic Church has a non profit hospital system of 637 hospitals which account for hospital treatment of 1 out of every 5 people
—the Catholic Church is a institution that clothes and feeds and houses the indigent–1 of 5 indigents in the United States, I’ve been to many of your shelters and no one asks them if you are a Catholic, a Protestant or a Jew; just “come, be fed, here’s a sweater for you and a place to sleep at night” at a cost to the Church of 2.3 billion dollars a year.
—The Catholic Church today has 64 million members in the United States and is the largest non-governmental agency in the country. It has 20,000 churches in this country alone. Every year they raise approximately $10 billion to help support these agencies.]
So really, the Church has helped prevent homelessness through education — binded the wounds of the homeless — has fed and given shelter to the indigent — is the largest non-governmental agency acting on behalf of the poor. Moving on…]
Nonetheless, we’re anointing […with secular spittle...] the Archdiocese of Portland this week’s Rogue for refusing help to people in need based on a narrow-minded ideology. [Now, we get to the real point underlying this tripe…]
Last spring, Street Roots got word the archdiocese was cutting off up to $10,000 the Catholic Campaign for Human Development has provided annually to the local homeless paper for its outreach and advocacy. The reason was Rose City Resource, a publication by Street Roots listing hundreds of services for the homeless—including, for the third straight year, Planned Parenthood. The nonprofit provides contraception, STD testing and other health care for the poor. But it’s also anathema to the Church for offering abortions. [Yes, contraception and the greater intrinsically evil abortion contradicts the life sustaining/life giving ethos of the Catholic Church; and I might add, the norm of society. And no, we shouldn’t have to support such anti-life acts with our tithing on behalf of the poor… We believe in defending the voiceless unborn who themselves are unable to find a home, or even shelter, from the ethos of death the Williamette Weekly so well represents.]
The CCHD money was up to 4 percent of Street Roots’ budget, and in these times any cut hurts. And certainly the rest of Rose City Resource fits in the “love thy neighbor” ideal. Now Street Roots must fill a gap to help homeless people.
[Note: In 2009, Reader’s of the Williamette Weekly’s sponsored Give! Guide helped raise $56,201 for the abortion provider Planned Parenthood Columbia Williamette, and all for the sake of feral cats and cat adoption services, contributed a total of $74, 358 on behalf of, well, animals… Street Roots received a whopping $7,183.]
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