False Charity In The Age Of Francis

I followed from Canon 212 this astonishingly dumb article from some Proddy blogger.

Proddy blogger is so edified that his daughter (unspecified age; but you already know she will likely be dumb all her life) first tries to pump money of of him so that she can feel good with herself, then – when all has failed – engages in a virtue-signalling exercise by giving the beggar all of a twenty dollar bill.

I am pretty sure there was no lack of booze, that evening, for the beggar “made in the image of God”.

The vacuity of it all is, predictably, underpinned with a quote from Pope Evil Clown and his hate for the “throwaway culture”.

I am only missing the tirade on the alleged man-made global warming now.

This is what proddies too often do. They might have good intentions of sort, but, left to their own devices and without the solid guidance of the Depositum Fidei and the rich tapestry of the Catholic Church, they end up drowning in their own emotional vacuity. Vacuity amply demonstrated by the fact that the guy can’t find anything better than Pope Francis – and the FrancisAuthors who parrot his inane blathering – to tell us that Catholicism has something good in it (no Obama, Sherlock!). Unfortunately, he cannot see this good, because a proper Catholic does exactly the contrary of what moved this guy so, so much.  The author of the article speaks at proddy conferences, but he has not understood the basics of life and he is training his offspring to fuel vice.

You don’t give money to beggars, full stop.

We do have the duty to clothe the naked and feed the hungry, for sure. This, we do primarily by giving money to those institutions (the Catholic Church is the first) which care for the homeless. By all means, if you want to buy a garment, or food, for a homeless person, do it and give him the garment or food. But to give money to the homeless means making almost 100% sure that this money is wasted in a, likely, very sinful way; then I can assure you one thousand times that that very same homeless person is a complete expert in how and where to get food and garments when the stupidity of the people has given him the means to get drunk, or even buy drugs.

This is common sense. You know it sounds absolutely logical. But will it stand against the cheap fix of feeling good with yourself giving money to, very likely, an addict or deranged man?

“But, but, Mundabor! The homeless in question was… a.. Veteran! How can you be so, so, soooo cruel?”

Please cut it off.

As you are there, also cut off the “perhaps this one was was not an alcoholic”, because I feel it coming.

Give money to beggars, be an accomplice in their vices.

 

 

 

 

Posted on September 26, 2019, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. The easy-out is giving money. I know. I have done it myself. But I’m sure you are right Mundabor.

  2. TheRaised Eyebrow

    Several times when attempting to accompany a homeless beggar to McDonalds or another fast-food restaurant, they demanded money instead and resorted to cursing at me when I insisted on buying them food, not alcohol.

    • I gave money to one in the queue at McDonald’s.
      He left the queue and went away, no doubt to buy alcohol or drugs.
      I felt very stupid, but boy I learned something that day.

  3. This makes me laugh thinking of my husband who tends not to give money to beggars, but gave about two dollars to one who said he wanted it for something or other, and my husband went into the coffee shop as usual. When he came out he saw the man entering Yon Local Liquor Store, thus confirming his good policy of not giving to beggars. Studies have proven most of that money goes to cigarettes, booze, or drugs. Perfectly able-bodied people stand there, usually men, and beg money outside stores.

    Today’s church is of no use whatsoever in these moral dilemmas. In fact, their constant yammering about “the poor” makes it really difficult for people to know what to do, and most err on the side of throwing perfectly good cash down a rat hole by giving it to beggars, because they don’t want to diss those “holy poor”.

  4. But… but… buying food or clothing for said homeless person would mean I have to take my precious time to actually help the person. It is so much easier to just throw money at him, feel better about my own charity, and walk away.
    The fruits can be seen in the western world’s welfare systems that have eliminated poverty across Europe and the Unired States.

  5. There are homeless shelters in most cities where the needy can go for food and a bed at night. I think most people mean well when they give money to beggars, not knowing that it will feed a drug or alcohol addiction. I once bought a lunch for a hungry-looking guy who was hanging around outside of a MacDonald’s; but when I gave him the bag, he said he didn’t want that, he wanted money instead. Lesson learned. So now I only contribute to charities.

  6. 20 years ago while I was on a layover in El Paso, a child of about 7 years or so came up to me in a restaurant and said he was hungry. Having just received my tray and not having touched the food, I handed it to him. The look of disappointment on his face was priceless.

  7. I bought a sandwich, chips, and fruit for a beggar near Disneyland. He looked at it and said it wasn’t allowed on his diet! I said ‘Then give it back!’ But he decided to give it to a friend. That was my last street donation. 😉

  8. Three reasons to use the church to give.

    1. Your local priest is talking with his prot colleagues and they now who are scamming charities and who are not.
    2. You are anonymous so you don’t get begging letters.
    3. The needy go to a church where there bloody better be the gospel and (retail begging) on the streets is discouraged.

    Pro Morales, pro dei gloria

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