Is the Catholic Church Really the Largest Charitable Organization on Earth?

Hi,
Recently I was having a conversation with someone and mentioned that the RCC is the largest charitable organization on Earth. He denied that such a thing could possibly be true. So I looked for some proof, and I’ve had some difficulty. So can anyone help enlighten me or point me in the right direction?

Thanks and God Bless,
-Matthew:thumbsup:

It seems like a no-brainer to me when you consider all the Catholic hospitals, schools, Catholic Charities office in every diocese, etc., but I don’t know that I’ve seen any statistics.

You could try asking Catholic Charities USA. They should know.

Ask your friend if he knows of any group that’s bigger. If there was such a group, it should be easy to think of right away because they would be so big. :shrug:

No one even comes close…

catholicscomehome.org/epic/Epic_%20proof.pdf

Well, there’s the answer. Thanks, Rambo!

One must remember that most Europens and North Americans will instantly deny any moral value to catholicism. Your friend if asked to name another organisation even remotely close would have been utterly stumped but he unburdened himself of a basic kneejerk anti catholic impulse without even thinking…normal and to be expected.

I used to engage is such argument a lot but now I tend to take the view taht the zeitgeist is as it is and we are in a dominant culture that is kneejerk anti catholic. It is possible at times to “talk” with some people adn to quietly challenge their cultural baggage but “argument” is hitting your head against a brick wall.

In all honesty, even tho’ its a non-religious enity, the United States Government is the most charitable organization on earth. We give more monies and services out then any other organization in the world.

An interesting observation but probably untrue. Much of that “charity” will come with trade and/or political strings attached.

Technically, I think given that money is taken from people through involuntary means (taxation as opposed to donations), it would disqualify FedGov as a ‘charitable’ operation.

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In all honesty, even tho' its a non-religious enity, the United States Government is the most charitable organization on earth. We give more monies and services out then any other organization in the world.

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No we don't ..The Catholic Church does mre than the US..I changed computers and lost a lot of things but there was an atricle that the Church
out gave all the other countries including the US

[quote="redrosetea, post:9, topic:176721"]
No we don't ..The Catholic Church does mre than the US..I changed computers and lost a lot of things but there was an atricle that the Church
out gave all the other countries including the US

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Can you find this list and post it or post the link?

I wish I could, but if you have ever listened to the Catholics come home commerical one of them says it is the largest charity in the world

I found a zenit article but it was written in French and spanish, and I don't speak either one

You might google Cor Unom

Cor Unum

catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=27153

[quote="redrosetea, post:11, topic:176721"]
I wish I could, but if you have ever listened to the Catholics come home commerical one of them says it is the largest charity in the world

I found a zenit article but it was written in French and spanish, and I don't speak either one

You might google Cor Unom

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Can you link the article? I can't find it, but I might be able to do something with the French and Spanish.

Google is your friend .just try to find it there…It tskes a lot of sifting and I don’t have time…but good luck

Oh please, not only has the US government devalued our dollar so much that we are forced to be dependent (so they can control us) but 4000 babies are slaughtered each day with approval of US government. Hardly charitable.

[quote="Penitus, post:1, topic:176721"]
Hi,
Recently I was having a conversation with someone and mentioned that the RCC is the largest charitable organization on Earth. He denied that such a thing could possibly be true. So I looked for some proof, and I've had some difficulty. So can anyone help enlighten me or point me in the right direction?

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The Catholic Church is indeed the largest charitable organization
on the planet by far.
Go to the following forbs article.
http://www.forbes.com/lists/2005/14/Revenue_1.html
If you go down and select all of the Catholic organizations the amount is astounding. Adding up just Catholic Charities, Food for the Poor, Catholic Relief Services, St. Jude's, and America's Second Harvest alone total $5,570,000,000, which is greater than #1 on the list for America. Keep going down the list and you find Father Flanagan's homes, Catholic Medical Mission Board, Covenant House, and more. Add the thousands of other charities, from Missionaries to the Poor, Amigos for Christ, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, to religious orders (like Missionaries of Charity) and thousands upon thousands of individual parishes across the globe who often do their work in anonymity, and you will see some of the charitable works of the Catholic Church.

In the Business Week article below, scroll down to “charities”.
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/02_15/b3778004.htm

I'm attaching my question to this rather "old" post about the charitable activities of the Catholic Church, because it seems the most relevant.

Does the Catholic Church now, or has it in the past, supported charitable programs to help impoverished Jewish communities in the U.S. or throughout the world (former Soviet Union, Poland, Ethiopia)?

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The charitable work of the agencies listed in my quote are available to all without regard to any conditions. IOW, the help is given based on need alone. So, yes if there are impoverished Jewish people, they would receive aid form Catholic charitable orginizations who wouldn't even know that they are jewish, Russian, Polish, Ethiopian, or any other group. They simply wouldn't be asked, they only need to show up and need the help.

I was told the Mormons give 10% of their income to their church.
I don't know much about them but that's impressive.

[quote="Plain_John, post:19, topic:176721"]
I was told the Mormons give 10% of their income to their church.
I don't know much about them but that's impressive.

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The giving of 10% of one's income is called Tithing .It was my understanding that all Christians are called to tithe and are instructed to do so in the Bible. God Bless.NLM

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