What bugs me about this kind of criticism of the Church ("they do more for the poor than any other charitable organization... but they do ENOUGH?") is that it doesn't propose an alternative religious model for charity. Short of saying "we shouldn't have religious charities," it seems like the Church does a better job, even with its fancy churches, than any other religion at actually doing things like building schools and hospitals.
@Megano! Are you claiming that the church didn't do anything for the poor before the 20th century?
@stuffisthings Isn't the real lesson here, pensions are unreliable as fuck and probably should not be counted as real income?
@stuffisthings Deserve ain't got nothing to do with it.
@readyornot Womp womp :(
@Equestrienne As opposed to the official billfold mascot, FUNDSIES, the wallet with the googly eyes.
But what if.... it never stops skyrocketing in value? Like housing, or tech companies!
Sure, but the tone of this is all kinds of fucked up. A lot of people just can't accept the idea of public-use transit. (As in, not traveling in your own private bubble.) Why is a cell phone worse than the dude who spent 6 hours hitting on the woman in the middle seat between us? It's not! It's just another type of public annoyance you have to accept as part of the price of TRAVELING THOUSANDS OF MILES IN AN AFTERNOON.
@gyip Yeah, definitely don't go to a Catholic hospital for your pregnancy/abortion. Not sure what the church's teachings on end of life care matter, tho, since it's not like euthanasia is legal anywhere else? Catholics run some pretty good hospices and are pro-palliative care, IRC.
@gyip That's kind of misleading, since in a lot of senses the church IS a charity. They are one of the largest health care providers in the US, for instance. I believe most of their money goes to schools and hospitals, which doesn't get counted as charity donations since they operate them.