In a most recent discussion I had with a priest friend of mine the topic of tithing came up. A common enough practice in the Evangelical world and Jewish, tithing is the donation of 10% of one’s household income to support of the Church.
As Catholics, we have no set rule or precept – as far as I know – for the support of the Catholic Church, our parishes or our charities at least as far as a preset and determined amount of income as a standard. That being said, one of the precept ofs the Church is to “provide for the needs of the Church.” (See CCC 2041-2043).
That being said, it occurs to me… Well if one’s household cable budget exceeds one’s offerings to the work of Christ in His Church (and frankly, to look for a study that examines this would likely be too depressing) it might be time to reconsider one’s household expenses.
Just a thought.