Bishop Blair proactive in Maryland: Catholic bishops express solidarity with those caught in financial squeeze

Speaking for all of the U.S. Catholic bishops, Cardinal Francis George issued a statement today on the economic situation. In the message, the bishops expressed their solidarity with those hurting financially and the need to remember “we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.”
At a press conference following the approval of the statement, Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo, who requested the statement, described how the faithful in his diocese have continued to suffer job losses and why he thought the message was needed. “I thought that this is the kind of statement of understanding and compassion, and also of solidarity of neighbor for neighbor, which I think is very important in these troubled times,” Bishop Blair said.

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That''s a nice gesture, but a nicer gesture would be for the Catholic Church to back it up with dollars to help. Seems to me that the Catholic Church owns millions of dollars in art - maybe sell a painting or jewel or two? Kind of like The Little Sister's Of The Poor here in town - I was told the property is valued at over 8 million dollars - and yet my grandmother wasn't wealthy enough to access their services when she needed a nursing home. (she was destitute nearly).

As a Catholic I don't understand how the church reconciles its hoards of wealth with what Jesus himself said:

"If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me." Matt 19:21

"Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." Matt 19:23-24

Seems pretty straightforward. So why doesn't the church use its amassed wealth to help, instead of empty platitudes? No wonder church attendance is down.

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