April 28, 2019

Sunday (Moderated) Open Thread (042819)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items which they believe need to be known. Rules are here.

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6:00 a.m.: The Vatican has a fund called Peter’s Pence. Its money is “taken up throughout the Catholic world either on 29 June, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, or on the Sunday closest to this Solemnity.”

In return, the Vatican promises that “The faithful’s offerings to the Holy Father are destined to Church needs, to humanitarian initiatives and social promotion projects, as well as to the support of the Holy See.”

The latest reported contribution is a disgraceful use of the fund’s resources:

Pope sends aid to migrants stranded at the US border

Pope Francis has donated 500,000 dollars to assist migrants in Mexico. The funds, from the Peter’s Pence collections, will be distributed among 27 projects promoted by sixteen Mexican dioceses and religious congregations, which requested assistance in continuing to provide food, lodging, and basic necessities to the migrants.

According to a statement from Peter’s Pence, “In recent months, thousands of migrants have arrived in Mexico, having travelled more than 4,000 kilometres on foot and with makeshift vehicles from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Men and women, often with young children, flee poverty and violence, hoping for a better future in the United States. However, the US border remains closed to them.”

The caravans have been organized by “three groups—La Familia Latina Unida, Pueblo Sin Fronteras, and Centro Sin Fronteras. … (They) use the Lincoln United Methodist Church as a rallying point for illegal immigration activism, using a tax-exempt church as cover to advocate for foreign violation of our country’s border laws.”

The hard-earned money largely contributed by U.S. rank and file Catholics is thus effectively being used by Peter’s Pence to subsidize and extend the mess created by groups who are openly dedicated to smashing U.S. control over its southern border.

Meanwhile, in Venezuela (71 percent Catholic and 17 percent other Christian denominations), a humanitarian crisis of unspeakable proportions continues unchecked. Millions of people are starving. Thousands have died, while thousands more are dying.

What, if anything, is Peter’s Pence doing about that?

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