I confess to Almighty God, and to you my brothers and sisters…

The following is the most recent data for 2012, published by Catholic Relief Services:

25.2% of the world’s population lives in extreme poverty, living on less than $1.25 a day. In the developing world, 1.4 billion people live on less than $2 per day. 925 million people worldwide are hungry. Nearly 16,000 children die of hunger-related causes each day. 25% of children under 5 are undernourished. 13% of the world’s population does not have access to clean water. Worldwide, 40% of the population, or more than 2.6 billion people, lack one of life’s most basic needs: an adequate sanitation facility – defined as one that hygienically prevents human contact with sewage. 12.2% of children primary-school aged are not enrolled in school. 101 million primary school-aged children are not enrolled in school. Of children not enrolled in schools, 53% a re girls. 33.4 million people are living with HIV, of whom 22.4 million live in sub-Saharan Africa. An estimated 17.5 million children (under age 18) lost one or both parents to AIDS in 2008. 14.1 million of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa.

Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth):

The world’s wealth is growing in absolute terms, but inequalities are on the increase. In rich countries, new sectors of society are succumbing to poverty and new forms of poverty are emerging. In poorer areas some groups enjoy a sort of ‘superdevelopment’ of a wasteful and consumerist kind which forms an unacceptable contrast with the ongoing situations of dehumanizing deprivation. (22)

7 comments on “I confess to Almighty God, and to you my brothers and sisters…

  1. […] developing world, 1.4 billion people live on less than $2 per day. 925 million people worldwide are …read more Source: Neal Obstat Theological […]

    • Thanks for the comment and link. As with all charitable organizations (e.g. CCHD) that engage in global outreach and cooperate with innumerable partner organizations that span the ideological spectrum, there’s always the danger of contamination by association when those partnering groups themselves espouse morally objectionable positions or support other groups that do. LifeSite’s investigative reporting is really useful in this case to call them out and challenge them to transparency and to respond responsibly. But it’s not a given that supporting CRS is now morally intrinsically problematic for a faithful Catholic to support as (1) the intent, substance and form of cooperation is simply not clear and (2) unanswered questions remain just that. Also, as an aside, a useful moral way to think through one’s willingness to support an organization with ‘questionable ties’ (i.e. still unanswered questions) is in terms of ‘material and formal cooperation’ — check out this overview of that moral strategy: http://www.twotlj.org/G-2-7-F.html

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