Is tithing still necessary in the Catholic Church today?
Yes, tithing is absolutely necessary in the Church today. When God introduced the concept of tithing in the Old Testament, He told the Israelites this contribution was necessary from them to support the work of the Levites and the poor in the community.
Today our Church still needs this support. In addition to being called to care for the poor among us, the need exists to cover the expenses and financial obligations we incur as the Church operates in a commercial society. Salaries, benefits, insurance, maintenance, utilities and service fees are all expenses that result as we work to fulfill the mission of our parish and meet the needs of our parish community.
“Each year you shall tithe all the produce that grows in the field you have sown... So that the Levite who has no share in the heritage with you and also the alien, the orphan and the widow who belong to your community, may come and eat their fill so that the Lord your God may bless you in all that you undertake.” Deuteronomy 14:22, 29
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