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"Your service to the Church will be more effective the more you apply yourselves to care for your personal closeness to Christ and to your spiritual formation," Pope Francis said in a May 27 audience with members of the Congregation of Don Orione, who were gathered in Rome for their general chapter.

The Pontiff encouraged his audience to imitate the example of St. Luigi Orione, combining charitable work with spiritual growth. He advised them to "always keep watch to ensure faith does not become ideology, charity is not reduced to philantrhopy, and the Church does not end up as an NGO."

This is an area where Bishop Fellay said that he agrees with the Holy Father.
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Fr. Malachi Martin made the point in the 90s that the Catholic Church was being reduced to the status of NGO, which it has.
I would invite everybody to read Pope Benedict's moto proprio, "On the Service of Charity to see what the Church's view of charitable works is;
The Church’s missionary and charitable initiatives flow from a “solid relationship of love with the Lord” in the Eucharist, the Vatican’s Secretary of State said at the closing Mass of an Italian diocesan Eucharistic congress.

Preaching in Cesena on May 29, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that in receiving Holy Communion, “consciences are shaped, attitudes are changed, and the choices of the disciples are directed