Comments on: Guestview: How Catholic should a Catholic charity be? Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: BeesKnees Thu, 02 Jun 2011 20:14:32 +0000 I feel like this article was poorly written and difficult to understand. I had to read this sentence: “When I wrote for one Protestant charity we would have to check we had spelled out some reference to the spiritual dimension of its work so that supporters knew they weren’t reading about a secular agency.” three times before I understood what the first half of it meant. A reader should not have to work that hard to understand a story.

“In Afghanistan for example – despite its vast needs – religious aid workers have to promise that they will not breathe a word of their faith to be allowed to operate in the country.”


By: ThoughtfulPug Thu, 02 Jun 2011 11:43:15 +0000 I rather think the clue is in the term ‘Catholic Charity’. If the church is so deeply linked to an organisation then it should indeed be an expectation that the staff of that organisation are practicing Catholics.

Following this line it is not unreasonable to then expect them to provide for all the needs of the people they help including spiritual.

This may restrict the theaters that they are able to deploy to, as the author notes above, but there are many secular charities who can go where Christian charities cannot and would therefore be able to work in these places.

Caritas needs a strong Catholic identity, philosophy and vision to take it forward and this is a start. However that vision needs to permiate through all levels of the organisation – not just in who is working for it but in what they are doing and where.

The author is absolutely right – Lets not assume that this will be an easy task.