Religion: Panhandlers & the Church

Should a man of God ever give the brushoff to a bum?

Of course he should, and often, wrote the Rev. David Churchman Trimble, of St. Luke's Church in Prescott, Ariz., in the Episcopal weekly The Living Church. "Call them 'psychos,' tramps, panhandlers, floaters or whatever you will," he wrote. "They are the perennial problem-children of the clergy . . ." Rector Trimble warned his fellow clergymen: "Never give a stranger money or gasoline. Never endorse his check or give him yours. Never give him your personal card or reference . . . No matter how tough we are . . ....

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