Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Church and State

Next time someone complains about Planned Parenthood, I'm going to bitch about the Catholic Church.

Catholic Charities is one of the nation’s most extensive social service networks, serving more than 10 million poor adults and children of many faiths across the country. It is made up of local affiliates that answer to local bishops and dioceses, but much of its revenue comes from the government. Catholic Charities affiliates received a total of nearly $2.9 billion a year from the government in 2010, about 62 percent of its annual revenue of $4.67 billion. Only 3 percent came from churches in the diocese (the rest came from in-kind contributions, investments, program fees and community donations).
In Illinois, Catholic Charities in five of the six state dioceses had grown dependent on foster care contracts, receiving 60 percent to 92 percent of their revenues from the state, according to affidavits by the charities’ directors.
- from a New York Times article 

 And don't think for a second that because it's a charity, doesn't mean it's religious. Ever been to one of those church-run free clinics? They make you pray for your medicine and send church officials around to harass you.
Also, those "many faiths" mentioned, excluded single, unwed, and gay parents.
You don't get to act like a private organization and a public one, whenever it suits your needs.

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