The Catholic Church And The Church

1294 Words Apr 26th, 2016 6 Pages
The Catholic Church has always been one to hand out praise fairly freely. There is a patron saint for everything, from plague to beekeeping to flowers. There are patron saints for specific cities, patron saints for specific trades, and patron saints for almost any object that comes to mind. However, in the past, the process of becoming a saint, known as canonization, was at the least thoroughly investigative. The Catholic Church has strict beliefs to be upheld and represented. For example, charity work has always been an enormous part of the Church and its mission. The entirety of the Catholic Church, including any and all charities affiliated with the Church, donates approximately $30 billion to charity annually in the U.S. alone (Jacobson). Any person who is on the track to canonization must be one who upholds those values, that same generosity that is so ingrained in the Church. In September of 2016, Mother Teresa is going to be beatified by Pope Francis. While beatification, or the act of confirming that a person has been in heaven since their death, is not the final step in canonization, it is the biggest and most important part of the process. However, Mother Teresa’s charity work was not as advantageous as the Catholic Church has let on thus far. Although she is credited with providing food and healthcare to the poor, the terrible quality of her treatment, her lack of qualification, and her fraudulent behaviors are too often overlooked; therefore, Mother Teresa should…

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