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Question from JoAnne Perry on 12/13/2012:

2 Thessalonians 3:10 speaks about those who are unwilling to work. As Christians, how are we to treat those who continually expect others to help them when it becomes clear they are not willing to help themselves. How do we ensure we are charitable but at the same time not enable people?

Answer by Fr. John Echert on 1/15/2013:

I do not feel bound in charity nor in justice to provide for those who are able but unwilling to work--barring mental illness, etc. I believe that Saint Paul would take the same position, in the present time and circumstances, especially with regard to non-believers, to whom we have even less responsibility than fellow Christians. I would argue that by enabling this, which is sloth, we contribute to a sinful situation of the person.

Thanks, JoAnne

Father Echert

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