We continue the discussion about the distinctiveness of Catholic charitable work with a commentary from Fr. Andrew Small, who is the Director of the Committee for the Church in Latin America at the USCCB.
Small looks at the issue of Catholic identity, which is so integral to the new report issued this morning by the USCCB regarding the work of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
The question: What is distinctive about Catholic charitable work?
Fr. Small: Without action, nothing changes. But without identity, the action is not Catholic, regardless of who performs it.
How do activity and identity combine to express the virtue of Christian charity? When the external change of activity carries with it the internal change of religious conversion.