Note to bishops tempted by timidity:

When you do the right thing, the faithful will often reward you.

They also attribute at least some of the increased giving to the church’s high-profile opposition to national health care reform rules, which Catholic bishops say threaten religious liberty.

Although donors usually don’t give a reason for their contributions, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Diocese of Covington both have received letters and calls from donors expressing support for the church’s opposition to the health care reform law.

“Some of the faithful are feeling more of a connection to the church these days because of the beating we’re taking in the public square,” said Michael Vanderburgh, director of the archdiocese’s stewardship department. “They want to stand in solidarity with the church.”

Kudos to reporter Dan Horn of the Cincinnati Enquirer for writing another thorough, fair-minded story about the local Church.

And if there was any doubt about the fifth-columnist nature of the so-called Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), it should be removed by this libelous comment from Dan Frondorf, the group’s Cincinnati leader:

Yes, the news has been quiet about new cases of sex abuse in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for the past several months, and that quietness likely has contributed to the fundraising atmosphere that Schnurr, et al want – they want Catholics thinking about something else, and boy did Obama give that to them on a silver platter. I disagree with the Archdiocese’s director of stewardship – the rats are indeed fleeing a sinking ship – evidenced by a consistent decline in mass attendance, an insurmountable shortage of priests, and the fact that fewer donors are chipping in, even though the amounts donated are greater. Catholicism is becoming less relevant everyday, and is devolving to be more cult like than ever (their leader is an 85 year old former Nazi who has a history of looking the other way when informed of child sex abuse on his watch; hassling nuns and girl scouts; firing teachers for being pregnant by unapproved methods; closing schools in poor neighborhoods; being hypocritical about gambling; and being generally dismissive of women, etc….), not to mention harboring child abusers and standing in the way of statutes of limitations reform.

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