An Interview With Bishop Gerald Vincke

A man with gray hair smiles in his bishop vestments.
Bishop Gerald Vincke, Diocese of Salina.

Earlier this year, Cross Catholic Outreach traveled to the Diocese of Salina in Kansas to speak with Bishop Gerald Vincke about Catholic social teaching. Here are excerpts from the interview:

Cross Catholic Outreach: In his encyclical Caritas in Veritate Pope Benedict XVI wrote, “Charity is at the heart of the Church’s social doctrine.” How do you see the Catholic Church’s commitment to charity as a central aspect of its social teaching?

Bishop Vinke: “If God is love, we are called to be love, to be charitable to others. I love what St. John of the Cross said: “Where there is no love, put love, and there will be love.” And that’s what we’re called to do and that’s what Cross Catholic Outreach does as well. Preference for the poor is a core value of Cross Catholic Outreach. Talk about this principle for an organization that does international development.”

Cross Catholic Outreach: Cross Catholic Outreach is very much the arms, the hands and the feet that are the Church’s presence with the people, accompanying the poorest of the poor on their journey. We always have to have a preference for the poor. How can parishes engage in practical ways to serve the poor?

Bishop Vinke: Learn about Cross Catholic Outreach and participate in Box of Joy and food packings. The people in our diocese, if they just knew (about the suffering of the poor), they’d always be willing to help.

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