Friday, October 19, 2012

An Argument Against Federal Funding of Catholic Institutions and Organizations

In case you are uninformed about the current relationship between the Catholic Church and the governmentin Ontario, I will update you in brief.

The Catholic schools in Ontario receive government funding. Because these schools receive government money, they are now being told what they can and cannot teach. The Catholic stance against gay marriage, abortion and all prolife teachings are restricted currently.

This real life example is the best case against federal funding of Catholic institutions or organizations that I have heard of to date.

I will concede that it is ridiculous to bar the Church from all the good that it does for Catholics and non-Catholics alike because the government does not like how they care for those in need. However, power does funny things to humans. What should be a partnership in caring for those in need, can quickly turn into a battle of wills.

So, what if the Church stopped taking government money? Our Catholic institutions could instead rely on other forms of community support, and put the focus on fundraising instead of grant writing. What if Catholic organizations also turned away federal dollars? What if the Catholic Church had some foresight, and got out of the state marriage license business? What if our faith-based adoption agencies, human trafficking agencies, hospitals, food pantries, and all other helping organizations turned to the communities that they provide these much needed services for and said “Let us work together.” And never took another dime from the federal government?

Maybe it would prevent an escalation from the HHS mandate. Maybe we would not fear future mandates that would take away Catholic physicians and pharmacists’ right to oppose abortion and abortafacients. Maybe we would not fear other government intrusions on our faith.

Just a thought.


  1. I definitely think the Church should get out of the state marriage license business. If the sacrament is a sacrament regardless of whether a couple is civilly married, then why should it matter if a couple has the state's stamp of approval? In most states, couples would get a common law marriage without having to pay a dime to the Clerk and Recorder for their license!

    1. It is not a popular opinion among "conservative" Catholics, but it is something that has just never sat right with me. I do not want a state approved sacrament... I wanted to experience the sacrament of marriage. If I need to sign something else for legal reasons, that is fine by me!


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