The Social Work of Catholic Church
By José Miguel Arráiz
“You will be able to tell them by their fruits. Can people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, a sound tree produces good fruit but a rotten tree bad fruit. A sound tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor a rotten tree bear good fruit”. Mathew 7, 16-18
Attached an updated summary of the social work of the Catholic Church in the world, taken from the statistical information of the church in 2012 published by Agenzia Fidez.
The Catholic Church has in the world:
71.482 Nursery Schools with 6.720.543 attendants.
94.411 primary schools with 31.939.415 students.
47.777 secondary institutes with 18.952.976 students.
College educate 2.494.111 students and Catholic Universities 3.039.684 students.
5.435 HOSPITALS with a major presence in America (1701) and Africa (1.284).
17.524 HEALTH CLINICS, with major presence in Africa (5.398), America (5.211) and Asia (3.828).
567 LEPROSARIUM distributed mainly in Asia (281) and Africa (211).
15.784 LONG TERM AND ELDERLY HOUSE CARE HOMES for the elders, chronic – sick people and disabled people, distributed majorly in Europe (8.271) and America (3.913);
10.534 ORPHANAGES (+652), from this, almost one third are in Asia (3.911);
15.008 MARRIAGE COUNSELING distributed in most part of America (6.230) and Europe (5.819)
40.671 EDUCATION CENTERS, or social re-education and 4 institutions of other kinds.
According to FIAMC (the “international” of Catholic medical doctor, with 30.000 professionals in 54 countries), one out of 4 HIV patients of the world is attended by Catholic Church. (25%). The 9.4% of people serviced, visit ecclesial organizations and 15.1% visit Catholic NGO. According to PONTIFICIUM CONSILIUM PRO VALETUDINIS ADMINISTRIS, the Catholic Church provides attention to 25% of suffering using only the 20% of the resources destined to this illness in the whole world. Besides, these resources are collected in the Church mostly from private and charity organizations, not governments. In poor countries, where medicine is not a business, the Catholic Church service 60% of HIV patients.
The Catholic Church represents the greatest resistance, in respect to laws that are against life and family, such as abortion, homosexual marriage, and euthanasia. Besides, the pro-life Catholic movements save thousands of lives annually, by convincing women to correct when visiting abortion facilities to abort.