All this week at Q & A, we will be looking at the distinctive nature and contributions of Catholic charitable activities.
Ken Hackett is the President of Catholic Relief Services, an organization that has been much in the news because of their leading work in Haiti.
With news reports indicating that there has now been a cholera outbreak on the island, readers may wish to click on the link above and make a further donation.
The question: Based on your work, what is distinctive about Catholic charitable activities?
Ken Hackett: Catholic charitable activities are truly catholic, that is to say, universal. In answering this question, perhaps Archbishop Timothy Dolan, chairman of the CRS Board, best expresses our approach: “At Catholic Relief Services, we don’t just help people who are Catholic; we help people because we are Catholic.”