Sunday, 17 November 2013

Catholic Aid getting Its Priorities Straight: Typhoones, Rosaries and the Message of Love

Connecting to my former post re. certain gaps in human moral psychology made visible by the global aid response to the typhoon Hayian (also known as Yolanda), it is not exactly uplifting to be forced to share this evidence of morally adequate compassion being most seriously lacking where one would perhaps expect it the most: from aid organisations working from a christian ethical basis, with the message of love at the core of its mission – or not?

Have a look at this admirable crock of /%&€ of an initiative of a Catholic aid organization at providing the homeless, starving and plagued by social unrest and disease of Manilla with what they allegedly really need the most: rosaries to pray effectively (not made clear for what of all those thing said organization has chosen not to provide instead).

It is not revealed exactly how many people that "Rosaries for Life" or the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines view it fit to leave dying or suffering serious injury of lack of resources that could have been provided instead of these no doubt cute little gadgets for securing the obviously very important "spiritual needs" hereby attended to. Christian ethics in practice, indeed!

Reminds me of this early post of this blog, by the way: Message of Love: If Only You Could Eat It.


  1. Saying only one part of the reality is changing the reality....

    The Caritas International - Philippines is handing out care packages that consist of a sack of rice, a bag of freeze dried noodles, canned vegetables, potable water and an antiseptic kit (bleach tablets, antiseptic wipes, and detergent) as well as tarpaulins to serve as a shelter from the elements for $40 dollars

    The Catholic Medical Mission Board is on the ground providing medical care

    Catholic Relief Services is also providing food, potable water, and sanitation kits

    1. Good so! However, that does not invalidate the point of the post.