[quote="ChristianLoew, post:1, topic:194585"]
Take the figure that is given to one's own parish and call that 5%. Then figure that charity wise, Catholics give another 5% of Income, that is. That 5% to one's Parish often goes to upkeep and salaries of a school, so, whether you consider that applicable to your question.
Or, you could look at the envelopes and see that there are so many that go to charities, even those which are not specifically Catholic.
All Catholic Charities whether lay run or by run by the Religious sister or brother or Priest, will tell you how much is spent on administration and how much directly ... just like all charities do. Catholic Charity is more than 90-99% directly applied to the poor.
Then people give their lives to God, to serve one's neighbor, without payment ... incalculable.
Multiply that by 2,000 plus years!
I've often heard that the Catholic church has donated more and helped the poor more than any other organization in history, which is absolutely wonderful.
My question is, can anyone quantify this? I would love to know roughly how much has the church donated throughout history. Obviously it would probably be impossible to quantify everything in one lump sum but is there anywhere we can look to get more detailed information on the combined efforts of the church as a whole (And organizations thereof such as Catholic Charities, Catholic Relief etc.)?
Your input is appreciated.