Pope Francis announced Tuesday that Mother Teresa will be canonized as a saint on September 4. In December, Pope Francis announced that Mother Teresa would be declared a saint after recognizing a second miracle attributed to her: the healing of a Brazilian man with multiple brain tumors after loved ones prayed to her. The now deceased Pope John Paul II beatified Mother Teresa in October 2003 and waived the requirement of waiting five years after a person's death to pursue the path to sainthood and opened Mother Teresa's Cause of Canonization less than two years after her death. Discuss
This interesting article from The New York Times looks at the precarious nature of the Roman Catholic Church in Cuba. Around 50 percent of Cubans identify themselves as Catholic, but fewer than 5 percent actually go to church. The government has allowed more religious freedom in the last decade, but 50 years as an officially atheist country has left a lasting mark ...
1. What do you think? Are the bishops right in asserting that if Catholic charities don't help, then people will suffer so they ought to be allowed to continue? Or is the state right in asserting it is illegal for any organization receiving state money to discriminate based on a state-approved relationship (same-sex civil unions are legal in Illinois)?
Do you think there is a possible compromise?
It seems most of the argument boils down to the source of the funding. Do you think Christians can support charities like foster homes to the extent that there could be large, socially-encompassing organizations completely independent of government aid?
How should Christians navigate between helping every type of person and staying true to their convictions?