During this morning’s sermon, our pastor announced that, regrettably, he would have to devote this week’s sermon to discussing the parish’s finances. It seems that donations are down by about $55,000 on an annualized basis. He implored parishioners to dig a little deeper.
That donations are down is no suprise, given what’s happening in the economy. To sum it up, Americans are growing poorer through declining net worth as their home values erode and through wages that are either not keeping pace with the high rate of inflation or, worse, are actually being cut. None of this is a surprise. As the supply of labor grows more out of balance with demand as our population grows, both on a national and global level, it’s only natural that wealth is declining and poverty is on the rise.
The Catholic Church loves population growth and denies that overpopulation could ever be a problem. While economists maintain that man is ingenious enough to overcome any obstacle to never-ending growth, the Church goes them one better. If man does meet such an obstacle, they declare that Almighty God, out of His infinite love for mankind, will simply strike down that obstacle. Apparently the Church believes that collective stupidity is one sin that either God is incapable of recognizing or will always forgive.
Since the Church believes that God will always come to mankind’s rescue as our population grows and grows, then isn’t it logical that God will also remedy all of the consequences of this unending growth? Therefore, the Church should trust that God will take care of this shortfall in weekly donations. No need to trouble us parishioners.