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AL BARBER

GOOD MOVE WITH THE BLOG, FR. LARRY...THE VIDEO IS PAINFUL BUT SO REAL...HERE IN THE WEALTHIEST COUNTY, FAIRFIELD COUNTY CT, IN THE WEALTHIEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, WE ARE APPROACHING 1.5 MILLION MEALS ANNUALLY. IT IS VERY SAD WITH SOOO MUCH WEALTH ALL AROUND US. WE WANT TO USE FOOD TO MAKE OUR PROGRAMS A LADDER OF HOPE AND HUMAN DIGNITY, NOT JUST A MEAL.

thendrick@ccbsuperior.org

The Campaign Against Racism and Poverty of CC/USA and the publications and media produced have really encouraged a thoughtful, purposeful discussion of our local issues, including hunger in our midst, by the board, staff, volunteers, and community partners of our agency. Thank you Father Snyder for leading this effort.
terry hendrick, director, catholic community services, superior, wisconsin

Tiziana_dearing

We are in serious need of a national conversation about poverty and the social contract today. I'd like to see much more discussion about jobs, and more emphasis on job recovery in the overall conversation about recovery. Glad to be joining you in the dialog, Fr. Larry.

raine mullan

It seems that the history of this nation and indeed mankind is filled with the murders of people who address economic injustice - Jesus' sermon on the mount and activities in the temple courtyard, MLK's increasing focus of economic equality. Somewhere between the founding of this country and now - folks have chosen to not depend on each other but rather to use each other for one's own gain. Real community - where each is not out for themselves but rather for everyone - now that is a community that can move a mountain, even if that mountain is racism or sexism or whatever ism you want. Let's choose for all people to live together - down the street, next door, upstairs - so we can learn who we actually are and how we are better together.

Mike

Economic Justice...Social Justice...Environmental Justice. Whatever happened to plain old justice, where everyone has an equal opportunity rather than an equal outcome. There are far too many stories, ignored in this discussion, of people who started at the bottom and rose to the top and vice versa.

You discuss meals, jobs and community. My friends, those things are coming from people that produce. They produce in their own interest as well as that of the community. They give at church, they provide meals for food banks, they support community organizations and activities.

Bringing the producers down serves only to bring everyone down, not to bring the non-producer up.

Don

Catholic Church is way larger than Wal-Mart.

Globally, the wealth of the Catholic Church is estimated to be in excess of $3,000 Billion. It is the highest land owner of Manhattan Island. It owns more gold than all of Europe combined.

For over 14 centuries, the Vatican was the undisputed wealthest single economic entity in the world.

The problem is that the Catholic Church hides its wealth behind tens of thousands of front companies, blind trusts, off shore accounts and other financial loopholes to both avoid tax and the revelation of its wealth.

See:
http://one-faith-of-god.org/final_testam…

The Vatican is by far the largest holder of land titles for any organisation or government in the world with visible title to around US $316 Billion of property (churches, schools, hospitals etc) and around US $2,623 Billion of investment property hidden in an extremely complex networks of hundreds of thousands of trusts and front companies.

The current market property value of Vatican City, in the heart of Rome alone is worth between US $1 Billion and $3 Billion. This excludes the value of the priceless artworks and valuables stored within its walls.

The most valuable property holdings of the Catholic Church by nation is the United States with around $50 Billion in visible property holdings and around $507 Billion in hidden property holdings through a massively complex network of front companies and trusts.

While we may never know the true and staggering wealth of the church, two facts are certain:
(1) The Catholic Church steadfastly refuses to be an open book to its global wealth and
(2) has not shown the slightest interest in using its massive wealth to solve world poverty and massive problems once and for all.

Ed Kay

Father, how would you address the people who would say that what you are suggesting is "socialism"?
When I talk with people I know this is the reaction I am greeted with. When I suggest that as Christians we are bound to help those in need (Matthew 25:40)I usually get the "charity begins at home" line.

Ed Kay

Don, So what? Does that mean that you should be free from doing your part?

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