- Oct 25, 2020
Those who run the soup kitchens, homeless shelters, food pantries and welfare programs are constantly faced with the dilemma of how to help genuinely those who line up for bags of food. Is it possible that handouts not only do not relieve poverty, but they actually encourage it?
Media reports depict the Catholic Church as being opposed to any measure to help transgender people, but close attention tells a different story. As far back as the 16th century, a bishop and a pope protected a warrior nun who carried herself as a man, and today Bolivia’s bishops seek what’s best for all, including transgender persons.
At first blush, hate-crime and hate-speech legislation seem like praiseworthy ideas, but there are serious reasons to hold back the natural desire to eliminate hate through law. For instance, how is hatred for a group worse than hatred for an individual? And, who will decide which categories of people are to be included in the catalogs of those not to be hated?
Upon our arrival in Rome, my husband would use me to make introductions to Vatican players easier – something along the lines of, “You have to let me take you to lunch so you can meet my wife.” That’s how I ended up eating more meals with Catholic priests than any other Jewish woman ever!
A simple encounter between two Marian nuns and a struggling woman in Hell’s Kitchen stands as a reminder and a challenge to every Christian to be as gratuitous with our love as God is.
Some animal rights activists make the mistake of equating all life, overlooking the distinctively human capacity to love, to reason, and to make moral decisions.