Friday, November 20, 2009

Shocker: Progressive Catholic 'charity' supports anti-Catholic agenda

As a Protestant, I try to avoid meddling in intra-Catholic feuds, but the American Life League issued a press release today that shocked me:
As thousands of Catholic parishes across the country prepare for the annual Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection Nov. 22, shocking new developments have launched a groundswell of protest from Catholics around the country.
A coalition including American Life League, Human Life International and the Bellarmine Veritas Ministry have spent the last two months exposing CCHD's funding of organizations promoting abortion, homosexual marriage, birth control and sex education.
In the last year alone, CCHD has funneled at least $1.3 million to groups opposing Catholic Church teaching.CCHD describes itself as the "domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops."
The coalition’s latest discovery exposes 31 organizations partnered with Center for Community Change. CCC is a politically radical, anti-life, pro-homosexualist organization whose board members include Heather Booth, former consultant for the National Organization for Women and Sara Gould, President and CEO of pro-abortion Ms. Foundation for Women.
Through their "Generation Change" program CCC trains and develops staff as "community organizers" for their partner groups. CCC provides a resource library with books promoting "reproductive freedom and its "Movement Vision Lab" equates access to abortion and "reproductive justice" with seeking criminal justice. This project aims to build a "progressive movement" with a "coherent, compelling, shared vision — one that represents our values and dreams for society" according to the group. . . .
Well, Catholics can read the rest and decide what to do about it, if anything. Matthew Vadum points out that CCHD "only reluctantly cut off ACORN last year and continues to fund the equally radical community organizing group Industrial Areas Foundation that was founded by Saul Alinsky himself." Furthermore, as Vadum wrote earlier this week:
The charitable arm of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, CCHD has never provided direct relief to the poor. That's not its purpose.
CCHD is an extreme left-wing political organization that was created to feed and foster radical groups, but most Catholics are blissfully unaware of its true mission.
In other words, CCHD is not a charity. Catholics have been deceived into giving hundreds of millions of dollars to a left-wing group that works directly against the teachings of the church. And the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops defends this political swindle.

Like I said, I'm a Protestant. It's a free country. Catholic readers can do whatever they want about CCHD.

Or do nothing. "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."


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  2. way to fire up the troops there, Stacy!
    The only response you got from your firebrand nonsense was some douche looking for linky-love...

  3. I thought that I had seen somewhere that Soros is funding some Catholic groups.

    Here is a link that shows how Soros funds are used by interesting groups calling themselves Catholic lay groups. CCHD is mentioned nearer to the end of the article.

    I will be writing to my Bishop, and also to my Parish Priest with my concerns. I am not happy about this!

    Quite frankly, I was confused at first by the statement from the Catholic Bishops supporting government run healthcare!

  4. Unfortunately, I can't trust many "Catholic" charities any more. Over the years, I've been cutting more and more off [to the benefit of my parish though - as I shift the money from the dodgy 2nd collections to the main parish one].

  5. The history of this embarrassment goes to (where else?) Chicago. Cardinal Bernardin.

    See: which covers somewhat-related early-20th-century antecedents AND the Bernardin problem.

  6. Stacy, this has been a serious point of contention for some years now. Catholics have traditionally been "liberal" in the sense ethnic / union / Democrat types have always been liberal - think Mike Royko or Patrick Moynihan. Unfortunately, the same leftist rot that has infected the Democrats to the point that they are now enablers and servants of Pelosi and the like has afflicted far too many Bishops.

    The good news is that the opposition to counter-productive CCHD expenditures has gone mainstream among Catholics and not just something quietly talked about by a few. There is a movement to see that the Church acts in accord with Her ancient principles of Life, Dignity of the Person and Subsidiarity. Any of those, much less all in combination, are completely opposed to the modern left.

  7. As a Protestant, I try to avoid meddling in intra-Catholic feuds"

    And that's why I love you...

    It is impossible to escape the damages wrought by secular society. Everyone and every institution is infected in some way, to either a greater or lesser degree.

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