Catholic Haiti response

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  1. max

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    Catholic Relief Services Reports Helping Hundreds of Thousands of Haitians

    Port au Prince, Haiti, Feb 3, 2010 (CNA).- Catholic Relief Services and its Caritas partners in Haiti have provided food and water to hundreds of thousands of victims of the massive January earthquake and have provided medical aid to thousands. The agency says it has raised over $38 million for the task and is “extremely grateful” for all its donors.

    More than 100,000 people have been fed by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Port-au-Prince, the organization reports. Just days after the earthquake killed an estimated 200,000 people and left as many as one million homeless, CRS turned a golf course in the Haitian capital into one of the first relief camps. About 40,000 people have been served there.

    CRS is collaborating with the local Church and Caritas partners including Caritas Haiti and the Caritas Internationalis confederation.

    A CRS team worked with Haitian colleagues to restore operations at St. Francois de Sales hospital, one of the country’s oldest. Though the Port-au-Prince hospital was 70 percent destroyed, CRS worked with the hospital administrator to restore its capacity to receive patients. Volunteer medical teams are now performing up to 200 critical operations per week.

    Relief camps are becoming more organized but the rainy season—which begins in April—is looming, CRS reports. The relief agency is increasing efforts to build temporary shelter and prevent the outbreak of disease from polluted water and poor hygiene. It has begun installing large water storage bladders throughout the capital and has begun construction on latrines and washing stations that will serve thousands of people at various CRS sites.

    Joan Rosenhauer, CRS Executive Vice President for U.S. Operations, said CRS was “extremely grateful” to U.S. Catholic dioceses, parishes and schools. These started mobilizing their networks immediately.

    Rosenhauer said they have “generously and creatively” supported CRS work in Haiti.

    CRS says it has raised more than $38 million for its emergency response. Parishes have held second collections and colleges and universities have set up special web sites. Catholic schools have held special Masses, prayer services, concerts and fundraisers.

    “We even heard of one little girl who sold all of her stuffed animals to raise donations,” Rosenhauer said. “We really appreciate every effort, no matter how small or large.”
     
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    While the crisis in Haiti has brought attention to ALL the wonderful organizations that have been a blessing to the people in Haiti, remember too that these programs spearheading the relief efforts have been around for awhile and have done many good works. While I can't speak for other organizations by virtue of my ignorance, I can cite, for example, Operation Rice Bowl which is a program through Catholic Relief Services. It has been helping people since 1975 (the program).

    Still, we shouldn't forget the services provided by our service men and women, fundraisers like we saw at the Australian Open, and so on.
     
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    I'm not Catholic, but I do appreciate all the charitable work that Catholics do. A lot of Catholic organizations have done a lot of good around the world.
     
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    Including The Inquisition!
     
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    Lol

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    A more nuanced (meaning here, better informed) view would note that the Spanish Inquisition deliberately set itself apart from Rome and became part of the state power. And recent scholarship (not "opinion-ship") shows far fewer deaths, etc., than the subsequent Protestant rhetoric blew about.
     
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    I deliberately chose to be flippant. Your response doesn't choose to address the pain and suffering the Catholic church is responsible for during the last millenia.

    There is nothing tougher on the Catholics than a former one, who no longer drinks the kool aid.
     
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    You've found a stronger/ stranger brew to drink.
     
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    ^^^ Islam? :)
     
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  10. heycal

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    What's the point of your cut and paste OP, Max? Just doing some PR for your church?
     
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    And your post does nothing to address the insurmountable good it has done concurrently in the same time period.
     
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    The "insurmountable good"?? OK, sure. Whatever you say, pal.
     
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    No, I'm just happy to see the quick response. It gives me (and perhaps you or other people) a satisfying feeling. It's good to see.
     
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    ^^^I think one good reason the Catholic response to disasters like this is so quick is that the Catholic ministries are already in the area, doing what good works they can under the circumstances.
     
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    Yes, insurmountable. Here's what I want you to do, Joeyg. I want you to do a search on Operation Rice Bowl. Now, I want you to compare how much media coverage from main stream news networks regards ORB with that of the pedophilia situation in the Church. ORB has helped so many hundreds of thousands of people in this world that it by far outweighs, if one were to weigh using numbers, any negatives and hurt from those molested. Far, far, outweighs the hurt.

    Now, I personally don't think "good vs bad" matters but usually those who make statements like yours do and did. So let's put things in perspective. Now add up all the THOUSANDS of similar programs like ORB that the Church organizes, funds and staffs, using both laymen and clergy, and compare the "numbers" from supposedly "accurate" historic facts and the word "insurmountable" is indeed appropriate. But then, you see, you can't go back in history and find the same things because good deeds aren't relegated to historic facts unless they involve a king or some other high level figure in history. They don't record the multitude of peasants and other lower class citizens who were helped substantially by the Church at the time. They don't record it because those people aren't considered important enough to historians. Their bad though.
     
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    my catholic hs donated $17k to this organization.

    Edit: we raised the money.
     
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    Am I remembering right, and this isn't the first time you posted a news story and/or started a thread about something positive the Catholic Church did?

    I could see posting such things in response to criticism of some sort, but as brand-new and unprompted OP's, it just seems a bit forced.

    Are you trying to get in good with the big man upstairs or something?
     
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