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We live in a fallen world and it seems nearly everything we touch is tainted by the sins of abortion, lust, human trafficking, failure to respect human dignity, a disordered understanding of marriage, etc. In the last few months I have seen calls to boycott Starbucks, Girl Scout cookies, Chevrolet, Coke, General Mills, and countless others. What is a Catholic to do?

My latest article at the HLI Truth & Charity Forum explores this question. I offer three points to consider when making a decision about product choices. First, will your purchase lead others to sin? This is what is meant by scandal. Secondly, will your boycott change the affected company's association with sin or prevent others from making that same association? Finally, is there a catechetical or evangelical impact from your boycott? Is it a teaching tool?

Let me know what you think!


lisa hutchinson said…
thank you for this post. i have been struggling as i have recently felt convicted about buying toys made in sweatshops as well as other items purchased (bicycle, shoes, furniture). The questions seem simple but the answers seem complex. Although my one purchase may not directly cause sin I still feel a little better knowing my money does not support child's also forced me to be creative and make own toys and learn to live more simply.

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