in response to Is everone crazy?...
I think you may be confused. I never said that I was on the same level as anyone. I do not even pretend to know what will happen tomorrow, much less in the next 30 seconds. I am not trying to divide people, either. I do try to accept everyone and their beliefs and I try to help others to understand that regardless of where anyone comes from, what they may look like, or what they may believe, there is enoguh room on this planet for everyone.
You mentioned my deception, what about the cathoic church's deception? The lies and inconsistancies throughout the bible, and the church are far too numerous to mention.
As for my views on the catholic church, I want people to understand that the church is worth far more than they may believe. While priests are not billionaires, the vatican alone has more than enough money to clothe, feed, and house possibly every person in the US alone. Yet, diocese beg for money to support the impoverish nuns who gave up everything to serve the church and receive nothing in return.
The pope, himself, claimed catholicism is the one true religion; yet judaism, islam, and paganism have been around far longer.
I want people to begin to think for themselves and ask questions. Not simply accept the catholic church's "do as I say, not as I do." propaganda. I want them to think "What is going on here???" Dig deeper, ask more questions! If you cannot get the answers, you seek, keep looking.
No one should have to choose between tithing to their church and feeding their family.
8If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
As far as catholic charities -
Catholic Charities USA was founded in 1910 on the campus of Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, as the National Conference of Catholic Charities.
The National Conference was created to promote the creation of diocesan Catholic Charities bureaus, to encourage professional social work practice, “to bring a sense of solidarity” among those in charitable ministries, and to be the “attorney for the poor."
Any donations received by catholic charities from the catholic church are donations from the parishoner of the church - not as a direct contribution from the church itself.
Catholic relief services is another matter - Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, we have expanded in size to reach more than 100 million people in more than 100 countries on five continents...As the the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is governed by a Board of Directors made up of clergy, most of them bishops, religious and Catholic lay men and women.
But again their income is via grants and public donations.
Additionally CRS works on overseas poverty - Our work in the United States focuses on a single mission: to help Catholics here at home put their faith into action. The Gospel calls us to care for one another as brothers and sisters, to live as one human family. CRS invites you to respond to that call by learning about the issues that keep our brother and sisters overseas in poverty. We invite you to pray with us and to speak out for those whose voices are not heard. We invite you to get involved in the Church's work to care for our neighbors around the world.
The information on Charity navigator can help you compare charities depending on the criteria you are looking for. My intention was never to deceive, merely to inform and educate... But as always, don't take my word for it...these are just my thoughts...