Good info, and a good warning. My one concern is this one phrase, found in the article:
...the local bishop approves every [CCHD] grant...Regardless of the publication it appeared in, can you confirm if that one statement is factually true?
It’s more along the lines of each bishop is responsible for authorizing a collection at each parish, and forwarding the proceeds to the CCHD headquarters. He is also going to be in the decision-making loop for any direct dispersals within his diocese.
I suspect, but certainly cannot prove, that many bishops have the wool pulled over their eyes as to the real motivations behind CCHP and its beneficiaries. Of course, many of those bishops aren’t exactly looking very hard, and some of them simply do not want confirmation of what they’ve heard by way of “rumor,” so it might be more important than ever for Catholics in the pews to saturate the collections with evidence along the lines of the article heading this thread.
I would suppose that only a relatively small number (maybe 10%) of the bishops actively support CCHP while having full knowledge of what they’re up to. Most of them seem to think it’s rather benign, and seem “shocked” about its ACORN connection. Bombarding them with the evidence this Sunday should help square them away in that regard.
If so, maybe next year we can celebrate the liquidation (or at least the complete severing of ties with the Catholic Church) of this odious coven of evildoers.
Every grant application that riginates within a certain diocese (and ACORN has been good at originating grants in MANY dioceses across the country) is reviewed by what is called the “Diocesan Director for CCHD” who is often also the Dir of Catholic Charities. (S)he reviews the grant, visits with the principles and then advises the bishop on its worthiness. I doubt if any bishop has evber reviewed a CCHD grant request. My guess is that every bishop just signs on the dotted line. The grant request is also reviewed by the CCHD person in Washington with the Diocesan director. The CCHD will decide how much is awarded to the grantee. The diocese gets to keep 25% of the CCHD collection which is a sort of kick-back to do the bidding of the CCHD and support its nonsense.