Giving money to beggars ‘sustains a degrading lifestyle’, says bishop
A month after Pope Francis endorsed giving money to the homeless, the Catholic bishop in Rhode Island has described three reasons not to.
Pope Francis was asked last month by an Italian magazine for the homeless “if it is right to give alms to people who ask for help on the street,” according to a transcript of the interview posted on the Vatican website.
He replied that there are many arguments to justify not giving money, such as being concerned the person will just buy himself wine. But Francis said: “Help is always right.”
He added that when people give, they should