But this year we have another option. My friend and colleague Janet put up a great idea on her blog suggesting we send our contribution to a diocese with a bishop who really acts like a bishop! I like that! And so, along with our other donations, we'll be sending a check to Bishop Paprocki and the Diocese of Springfield. Bishop Paprocki recently banned Senator Dick Durbin from receiving communion in the Diocese of Springfield for his grievous and relentless attacks on little ones in the womb. (It's about time a bishop acted like murdering babies is serious instead of just one more seamless garment issue along with ladling soup at the local shelter!)
However, since Illinois has a Bishops' Conference similar to the Virginia Catholic Conference, we will earmark our donation for seminary support. We need new priests who love and teach the faith, not lobbyists who stump for prudential issues that belong to the role of the laity.
Which leads me to a few questions: Am I a bad Catholic if I don't support DACA? Am I a bad Catholic if I'm in favor of building the wall and deporting illegals? What if I oppose making the meningitis vaccine mandatory for students in Virginia schools?
Mixing up intrinsically evil issues with issues of prudential judgment and telling believers that's the "Catholic legislative agenda" creates confused Catholics.
How will you practice almsgiving this Lent?