There is a running theme where I dislike religious charity and missionaries because the work they do has often been suspect, sub-par, insulting, destructive and outright wasteful.
This is in the outright wasteful category. This exerpt is from Reuters and was posted in my local paper.
The NGO Catholic Rosaries for Life has sent 3,000 rosaries to victims of Typhoon Haiyan that devastated several provinces in central Philippines on 8 November, local media reported Monday.
And part of their pride in the Philippines is that the heavily catholic country had until recently one of the lowest rates of contraceptive availability and no abortion. It was one of the biggest sources of maternal mortality through illegal/non-medical abortion in the world thanks to the total lack of availability of birth control and widespread poverty.
Rosaries for Life were one of the organisations that oohed and ahed as Catholics held up (while ignoring the illicit abortions) as a shining example of what abstinence and no-contraception can do.
The Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said the rosary “meet the spiritual needs” of the victims, while also Catholic NGO Caritas is mobilizing to assist in relief efforts.
It’s a bunch of beads that wastes VALUABLE aid space and worker time in being distributed to people who don’t really need them. Every kilogram of aid being transported is vital to relief and 3000 rosaries is just an idiotic thing to send.
The Philippine Monsignor Pedro Quitorio rosaries blessed before sending them to the islands of Leyte and Samar, the most affected by the disaster.
Because prayer stops diarrhoea.
“We know that through prayer somehow survive as a people and persevere in life. Should be emphasized the spiritual dimension to our people,” said William Lawrence, spokesman Rosaries for Life.
“Of course we know that physical needs are important, but so is the spiritual side of the victims in the recent calamity,” said Lorenzo.
Can you imagine the uselessness of just 3000 rosaries in a situation where shelter and water are scarce?
And you think they need beads on a string with some latin muttered over it?
And the worst thing is there are people who SERIOUSLY think this helps. Who cannot get why I am so irritated. They will not be able to understand how pointless and wasteful this is.
And how many people would consider this charity on par with the men and women who have worked tirelessly over the past 10 days to bring relief to the Philippines.