People doing charity better than the Vatican

People doing charity better than the Vatican March 27, 2015


Photo: Mike Deerkoski
Photo: Mike Deerkoski

I made a post a few days ago that appears to have gotten a few Catholics up in arms. So let me see if I can clarify…

The article in question stated that, with the several billion dollars that the Vatican is worth, and with the influence it has, why does it perform minuscule tasks that barely do anything for the poor at large? Especially when that is what Jesus told people to do? Even the recent tour of the Sistine Chapel, with 150 homeless, is a rather odd thing.

I was asked in the Reddit thread, as well as the comments on my article, what I was doing to help the poor. A “tu quoque” fallacy, and one that does not require an answer, as I am not sitting on more wealth than I know what to do with. Nor do I live my life according to an antiquated text that says to give up wealth and follow a Jewish peasant. But I digress…

Tim Cook, the CEO that took over Apple after Steve Jobs stepped down, recently announced that he is giving away millions to charitable organizations, similar to Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, who started the Giving Pledge organization. Gates, by the way, is an atheist, as is Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who also is giving away the majority of his fortune to the Giving Pledge.

Aside from the few mentioned, there are roughly 70 other billionaires who have pledged to give at least 50% of their wealth.

Your move, Catholics.

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