The Catholic Church teaches that the Law of Moses (the Old Law) is a preparation for the Gospel, and as such no longer binding. The New Law (the Law of Gospel) is a perfection of it, given through faith in Christ.

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second edition. Paragraphs 577-582 and 1950-1986. http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/ccc_toc2.htm

Why does the Catholic church still require Tithing?


We don't. There is no point where you are required to donate any amount of money. That's just silly. This is largely because a strict tithing rule is bordering on Pharisaic – someone in absolute poverty should not be required to

On the other hand charity is a requirement. Now, charity does not mean a gift of moneys, though that helps, rather it means a gift of self (close to the concept of agape in Greek). This is why you have quotes like this in the Catechism (p. 1974, emphasis mine):

The evangelical counsels manifest the living fullness of charity, which is never satisfied with not giving more. They attest its vitality and call forth our spiritual readiness. The perfection of the New Law consists essentially in the precepts of love of God and neighbor. The counsels point out the more direct ways, the readier means, and are to be practiced in keeping with the vocation of each:

  • Have you got evidence that the Pharisees enforced a strict tithing law? If so what? I have only been able to find New Testament deduction and speculation. If there was such a law how was it enforced? Who enforced it? What was the punishment for failing to tithe? Was this similar to buying indulgences? – gideon marx Jan 16 '14 at 8:29
  • @gideonmarx "Pharisaic" does not necessarily mean "the Pharisees did it" (though I'm reasonably sure they did). A secondary meaning is Hypocritically self-righteous and condemnatory. (see thefreedictionary.com/pharisaic) – cwallenpoole Jan 16 '14 at 14:13

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