Must Catholics tithe?

Right now I am going through some tough times, finacially. This should be temporary. Do I still need to tithe the 10 percent that the Bible states or can I cut back some. I know Protestants really harp on 10%. What do us Catholics say. Do we have to use a set amount??

Dear uo,

The obligation to tithe is from the Old Law as was the prohibition from eating pork and certain other foods. We live in the New Law where such is not required. The Catholic Church does not require Catholics to tithe, but to give what they can afford.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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