From the Office of the Bishop...
Brothers and Sisters, we have now, two tax revision proposals from each house of Congress. Neither one seeks a remedy in justice for a fair and progressive income tax for our country. Both Senate and especially the House version place a burden of a massive increase in the debt, for a tax break for companies and the wealthy, on the backs of the middle class. Further, to pay for this unjust redistribution of wealth for the top, social programs for those among us in most need will have to be cut.
The Word of God cautions us in the Book of Ecclesiastes (5:10),"whoever loves money never has enough, and whoever loves wealth is never satisfied." This proposed tax reform panders to the most unjust and greed filled nature in our culture. We can and must do better for us all, especially hard working middle class families and the most vulnerable among us. I encourage all the faithful laity and clergy of the diocese and Order to let this message of justice and warning of greed be known to their lawmakers. Stand in opposition to these proposed tax reforms.
+Joseph Augustine, AIHM
Order of Augustinians of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Diocese of St. Thomas of Villanova Synodal Catholic Church
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