Awesomeness: Not. One. Dime. In Action January 13, 2016 Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, It’s all about the $$$, manhood, persecution, secularism, Society, the struggle for the Church, true leadership.
A local Catholic I know sent me a photo of his reply to the fundraising mailing he received from the Diocese of Dallas for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. I think you can sense he’s rather nonplussed over Bishop Farrell’s diatribe against a great portion of the faithful in his very strong pro-gun control rant from last week.
His response is, I think, not just apropos, but vital: Not. One. Dime.:
Identity deleted, obviously.
Whether the NRA or some other, not-so-compromised Catholic entity, I’ve got to agree with this response. On the heels of an unprecedented $125 million fundraising push, including some of the steepest assessments I’ve ever heard of (well nigh 50% of all monies donated remain with the diocese, even though parishes are required to meet certain mandated targets – they see barely half that money back), I think it a very appropriate message to simply say “no thanks.” You can keep your political rants, and I’ll keep my money, thank you very much.
In fact, I’ve long argued that about the only ability the laity have to influence the Church, locally and at large, is the power of the purse. The laity’s function in the modern, corporatist Church is basically as a source of funding. Were that funding to be denied, and were it clearly communicated that the denial was based on opposition to the continued disastrous direction of the Church, perhaps some change might be effected.
Admittedly, it’s a bit of a long shot, but aside from our constant recourse to prayer and penance, it’s about the only shot we have.