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Forgive me for this is purely a . I was just on a while ago and read someone's post in our community group page.

She was just mad as hell that her brother was fined a certain amount for not being able to give the monthly contributions to church regularly for a year. I mean, the contribution was more or less like 20 cents a month. The convent's cashier was simply doing her job

Now this girl said nasty things about the , particularly our parish. She said things that hurt not only the cashier to but also anyone who is a devout Catholic.

Comments reached to almost 200. Most were saying nastier things and agreeing with her. But there were other who defended the parish cashier and the parish itself. But they were instead bashed by the others.

I can't believe we can act like this towards others. has become such an issue for us that we forget about being .

I'm hurt and mad. Why can't we just help each other? Why do we need to vent our anger towards others through social media where everyone else can read?

She didn't have to name names. But she did. Now this cashier is subjected to public ridicule, not just in our town but worldwide. I read comments that came from other countries or from people who weren't residents of our town. And I feel sorry for her.

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gulp_burp wrote on June 13, 2014, 6:19 AM

I know. Maybe because those who does give voluntarily has become less, I don't really know. But most dioceses are implementing the cluster program wherein each household is required a monthly contribution. Part of the amount goes to the cluster to be spent on religious gatherings and cluster needs.

gulp_burp wrote on June 13, 2014, 6:40 AM

I know what you mean. They should have this settled between themselves without the need for t he whole world to know.

Anja wrote on June 13, 2014, 7:06 AM

To misquote Shakespeare: "the fault lies not in our social media, but in ourselves". The problem with Facebook is that there are no rules that prevent immature people from using it. It only prevents those who are under 13, not those who act as if they are under the age of 13. This girl had no business putting her brother's personal business out on Facebook, nor subjecting the cashier to shame and abuse. -- And may I ask, does no one else see the wonderful comedic relationship between this post title and your username?

LadyDuck wrote on June 13, 2014, 7:36 AM

I cannot believe that there is a church that ask for a minimum amount of cash. I think this is not a good way to act.

gulp_burp wrote on June 13, 2014, 8:47 AM

It's not a problem because this was generally agreed by the parishioners and is implemented by the diocese. The complainant was obviously someone who didn't care enough to attend general assemblies. Besides, after losing several centuries old churches after the 7.2mag earthquake last October, the church majorly needs our help in building new ones or renovating damaged ones.

gulp_burp wrote on June 13, 2014, 8:50 AM

You have a good eye for humor Anja . I didn't even notice that! LOL

littleblacwolf10 wrote on June 13, 2014, 9:41 AM

One thing that always bothered me was that religion teaches you to be good and kind and to love your fellow man. I hate it when people who claim to be dedicated Christians start turning on others for petty things like money and saying cruel things when you should love and be kind.. Facebook often brings out the bad in people and makes public private issues making them spiral out of control.

knitmecrazy wrote on June 13, 2014, 10:30 AM

We actually stopped attending a Catholic church in our own area because they were starting to require families to pay a certain amount. People should not have to pay to go to church, and some people simply cannot afford it, no matter how little the amount is.

gulp_burp wrote on June 13, 2014, 7:17 PM

Exactly littleblacwolf10 . Social media is being abused and used as a venue to vent out anger instead of humanly facing the issue head on. Publicly humiliating someone on facebook just worsens the problem. No one cares to fix problem.

gulp_burp wrote on June 13, 2014, 7:22 PM

If the church did require some sort of "payment" without consultation, then that's a bad thing. But if it was the general public who agreed upon this contribution for a purpose, it's not. Her problem was that her brother wasn't able to fulfill his obligations as agreed by the parishioners. The fine was also made known beforehand and no one opposed to it. Now that he's being fined, he's mad and is taking it on the cashier as if everything's her fault.