Anyone who is repulsed by the Catholic Church's ongoing crisis with pedophilia should refuse to donate money to them. The money
you donate to the Catholic Church goes directly to helping support their pedophilia and their legal bills to avoid justice. Not only does
your money go to defend the Catholic Church's sins, they are using it to fight changing statue of limitations laws so you are supporting
the further abuse of those abused by the Catholic Church. There is no moral defense for giving the Catholic Church money.
Parishioners are starting to reach this conclusion for themselves.
The most recent “whopper of a report” from Pennsylvania, MichaelDrweiga said, was enough to make him wonder where his money
was going and whether it was being used to cover up abuses.
“In an organization that spans the whole world like the Catholic Church, you don’t know where your money is going. And when you
read about these priest-abuse scandals it just raises that question to the highest power. What is this money going for?”
said Drweiga, 63, who lives in Wilmette, Illinois.
Sokolowski, an Austin, Texas, resident who founded Catholicfundraiser.net to provide advice to Catholic nonprofits and churches,
said he’s heard from many who are “really sick and tired” of hearing about priests abusing children.
“So the big thing that people are saying is, ‘We just need to stop funding their crap,'” said Sokolowski, 36. He said he encourages
people to stop giving money to their diocese, which oversees the network of churches in an area.
Calls to financially boycott the Catholic Church are not new. Five years ago, after sex-abuse scandals rocked the archdiocese in St. Paul, Minnesota, parishioners talked about withholding their donations in protest.
Georgene Sorensen, who lives near Tucson, Arizona, said after the McCarrick story broke, her prayer group sent a letter to her bishop voicing their concerns.
“Then came the Pennsylvania scandal and we thought, ‘Oh my God, this isn’t over. We thought it was over,'” the 72-yearold Sorensen said. “We thought we were building the new church again.”
Sorensen said she doesn’t plan to withhold money that she has pledged, including her diocese’s Annual Catholic Appeal, but she has spoken with others about the possibility of not giving a regular weekly contribution or only offering money to specific projects.
Tim Lennon, the president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said his organization has fielded calls from Catholics who have pledged to stop giving to their church.
“It’s an action as opposed to just sitting here doing nothing,” he said, but added that it’s an important symbolic gesture.
“That in itself will not protect children. That in itself will not support survivors. That in itself will not compel … an attorney general to take action,” he said. “It’s just a message to the church that it’s not just survivors knocking at their door as we have been for the last 30 years.”
Hitting the Church in their finances is the only way to get their attention. The entire reason they are concerned about the pedophilia crisis
is that it has an adverse effect on their donations. Just like a corporation, the only way to stop the pedophilia crisis in the Catholic Church
is to boycott them financially. Only when the crisis hits them in the pocket books will they start instituting real reforms and not just voicing
concern over a problem that has reared it's ugly head over and over again in the Church.