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What should Catholics know about sharing their time, talent and treasure?

BY The Editors

June 19-July 2, 2011 Issue | Posted 6/10/11 at 4:16 PM


According to the Catechism, “The fifth precept [of the Church] (‘You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church’) means that the faithful are obliged to assist with the material needs of the Church, each according to his own ability.” (2043)

The Code of Canon Law also states (222), “The Christian faithful are obliged to assist with the needs of the Church so that the Church has what is necessary for divine worship, for apostolic works and works of charity, and for the decent sustenance of ministers. They are also obliged to promote social justice and, mindful of the precept of the Lord, to assist the poor from their own resources.”

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