Groups like Catholic Charities do accept government funds, which they then pass through to the needy. In fact, one of the main reasons governments use nonprofits like Catholic Charities is because theyâ??re cost-effective. As a result, government gets much more for its dollar by working through Catholic Charities to reach the poor. But administering the support personnel, ministries and distribution of funds does cost money, and a portion of government money is retained to help pay expenses, including in some cases salaries. This is necessary. Itâ??s also fair and reasonable.
What I hope Catholics and the wider community clearly understand about HB 1080 is this: Catholic organizations like Catholic Charities are glad to partner with the government and eager to work cooperatively with anyone of good will. But not at the cost of their religious identity. Government certainly has the right and the power to develop its own delivery system for human services. But if groups like Catholic Charities carry part of societyâ??s weight, then itâ??s only reasonable and just that they be allowed to be truly â??Catholicâ?? â?? or they cannot serve. And that has cost implications that the public might prudently consider in reflecting on HB 1080.
Finally and quite candidly, one of the Catholic communityâ??s deepest concerns in regard to HB 1080 is the billâ??s source. Iâ??ve heard from quite a few Catholics over the past week; Catholics who find HB 1080 offensive, implicitly bigoted, and designed to bully religious groups out of the public square.
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