Catholic Charities and the Federal $

Over at Catholic World Report, Diogenes draws attention to an ironic Catholic Charities announcement:

As demand for services continues to increase at Catholic Charities across the country, it is critical that Congress take concrete steps, starting with the federal budget, to help low-income families.

To which Diogenes responds:

Huh? What? Why?

If the agencies affiliated with Catholic Charities see an increased demand for their services, it follows that Catholic Charities should take concrete steps to help low-income families. They’re the ones to whom the poor people are coming to help; they’re the ones with the immediate need. So if Catholic Charities USA were to cite the increased need in an appeal for donations– it could be a very timely appeal, tied to the pious practice of increased almsgiving during Lent– that would make perfect sense.

But Catholic Charities isn’t asking for money from you and me; the nationwide group is asking– demanding would be a more accurate term– money from Congress. Ultimately that money would come from you and me, of course. But it would come in the form of taxation, not charity.