Monsignor Kevin Sullivan speaks about Catholic Charities’ Obligation to the Poor

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On Friday, June 29, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan appeared on the weekly PBS program, “Need to Know.” The program focused on the theme of “Solving Poverty in America.”

In the American Voices segment of the program, which  Msgr. Sullivan reflects on the roots and the meaning of the Catholic Church’s obligation to serve the poor in our community — and how this is put into practice at Catholic Charities.

Watch American Voices: Monsignor Kevin Sullivan on PBS. See more from Need To Know.

“Our primary obligation as Catholic Charities is to see in the person in need the image and likeness of God,” said Msgr. Sullivan. “We help people not because they’re Catholic, but because it’s part of our faith. Jesus wasn’t neutral on people. He had a preference for those who were poor, those who were downtrodden, those who were outcast, those who were on the margins. And if I call myself a disciple of Jesus Christ, then I best follow that example.”

Watch Msgr. Sullivan’s entire segment above, and leave your thoughts in the comments.

Tune in to PBS “Need to Know” on Friday, June 29 at 8:30 pm to see Msgr. Kevin Sullivan’s American Voices segment and other perspectives on poverty in America.


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