The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us we have a “duty” to help provide for the material needs of the Church, each according to his abilities. That means, of course, that some will give more in terms of a dollar amount than others, but not necessarily in relation to one’s financial means. There have been times in the Church when some of the lay faithful withheld their financial support due to certain unjustified indiscretions on the part of Church leaders. For example, the priest sex abuse scandal, being told off by “Father,” or “Sister,” or a lay minister in the parish, etc. It goes without saying that these sorts of behaviors are never acceptable. But does it justify not contributing to the ongoing operating costs of the parish and the diocese? And just what is your weekly offering applied toward? Not that it matters, but you could be helping to pay the pastor’s salary, the light bill, the purchase of communion hosts, etc. Share your take on all of this on Wednesday with Jerry and Debbie.