Skip to comments.Nov. 23 Collection Boycott (Catholic Caucus)
Posted on 11/21/2008 1:11:14 PM PST by NYer
Catholic commentator Phyllis Schlafly has suggested Catholics should stop donating to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CHD).
The national second collection for CHD at parishes is slated for this Sunday, Nov. 23.
In the Nov. 23-29 issue of the Register, we report on the decision by Bishop Robert Baker of Birmingham, Ala., to instruct that the CHD collection not be taken this year in parishes in his diocese.
The Campaign for Human Development has come under criticism for its longstanding links to ACORN, the community activist group thats under criminal investigation for allegedly undertaking voter registration fraud.
But critics like Schlafly argue that CHDs support of ACORN is merely one example of its commitment to funding left-wing activism instead of extending concrete help to the poor.
In a Nov. 13 commentary, Schlafly discusses CHDs commitment to supporting the community organizing movement that was founded by Saul Alinsky. Alinskys approach was based on fostering social discord among Americans on the basis of class, in order to lobby for government support of tax-funded programs to advance leftist political agendas.
Schlafly noted that President-elect Barack Obama was schooled in Alinskyian principles when he worked in the 1980s as a community organizer in Chicago.
Schlafly discussed the Nov. 23 CHD collection, which will be undertaken using pre-printed envelopes that carry this identification: Campaign for Human Development: The Catholic Church working to end poverty and injustice in America; We’ll turn your dollars into hope for the poor of our nation.
The generous Catholics who respond to that well-phrased appeal probably think they are making a Good Samaritan gift to provide necessaries to the down-and-out, Schlafly said. Most would probably be shocked to learn that the money donated to the Campaign for Human Development (CHD) does not go for charity but for radical Obama-style community organizing.
In our report in our Nov. 23 issue about Bishop Bakers decision to cancel the CHD collection, we noted CHD receives about $9.4 million each year in second collections.
Last month, the Register was the first to report that CHD contributions to ACORN surged dramatically in 2007, at the same time that ACORN ramped up its voter registration efforts.
Bishop Baker has decided that the CHD collection should not be taken in his diocese until questions about whether CHD funding of ACORN was used to fund voter registration fraud are resolved.
In light of recent concerns regarding funding of the ACORN [Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now] organization by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, we will wait for the result of the [CCHD] investigation into the use of the funds by ACORN before sending contributions to them, the bishop wrote in a letter to parishioners in his diocese explaining the decision to cancel the CHD collection.
Bishop Baker said contributions to CHD might be reinstated in future years, after its connection to ACORNs actions is clarified.
In his letter, Bishop Baker requested parish priests to instead collect for the Church in Latin America.
Update: Insidecatholic.com reported Nov. 19 that the Diocese of Charleston, S.C. has instructed that this year’s CHD collection should be redirected to the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charleston.
I’ll put a polite note in the envelope stating why it will *not* contain any money.
Good to know.
I will check my collection envelopes and dispose of any CHDs
I’ll ask some other usher to help pass the basket.
Thats even better
I’ve always excluded them from my contributions because of my disapproval of who they fund, so it’ll be easy for me to participate in this boycott.
I’m giving my $$ to the organ tuning fund. Frankly, overall, it would be much better spent (so long as people quit propping open the doors to the outside).
I’m going to print out this article, highlight it, and try to put it in, or attach it to, my envelope.
I ripped up the envelope last week!
Some folks are putting pictures or paper cut-outs of ACORNs inside the envelope.
Here’s a stinger of an article if you want something more weighty:
I won’t be donating, but then I don’t often contribute to any special collections other than Peter’s Pence.
I am not putting anything in the envelope and wasting the ushers’ time. I’m just not going to donate.
Comments on the linked article anyone?
I have never given to it so I guess I have been protesting for years.
We haven’t given to CHD in probably 30 years. We always use that money for Peter’s Pence.
I don’t plan to give to it either. I just wanted to point out that the Bishops are getting some spines!
Salvation Army — the reason I boycott TARGET. They won’t let the Salvation Army bell-ringers stand outside their buildings, so TARGET does not get my business.
Giving to Salvation Army is an excellent idea. Thanks.
Salvation, the problem is not just ACORN. In Cleveland CCHD had given to at least three groups affiliated with NARAL - none of them ACORN.
See this article for more examples:
Abortion and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development: 13 Stories prove Abortion CCHD Link
Thanks for educating all of us.
I stopped giving to CHD years ago when prolifers exposed them for giving money to community-based programs that advocated for abortion.
I agree with you that most of the Bishops have developed spines, I’m just afraid too many generations of Catholics had been lulled into the belief that the democrats position on abortion was in some way not so bad since they were so into social welfare and justice. Now that the Bishops are coming around to the idea that maybe killing babies is more evil than some of the wealth inequity that exists in this country it may take years to discomfort the majority of Catholics in this country from voting for the party of abortion.
Raymond Arroyo (World Over Live) on EWTN AT 8 P.M. EST had an excellent presentation on the CCHD as it relates to ACORN and its other
I would recommend that you might consider watching this show before you decide whether to donate or not to donate to the CCHD. There is nothing wrong with withholding your CCHD envelope and placing it in the basket the following week. I am sure the diocese would be happy to receive it the following week.
I wish I could synthasize and write the essence of this presentation. However,
The following is the the summary of the topic and guest:
Catholic author and former spokesman for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops
on the controversy surrounding the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)
and its long running association with ACORN.
This show encores on Saturday 1 a.m., Sunday 4 P.M. and Monday 10 a.m. and 11 P.M. on EWTN. You will be glad that you watch this show.
For those really interested, here’s a discussion on Fr. Z’s blog by some people who seem to have alot of knowledge. The problem is apparently not just ACORN, that’s just the item that finally brought to public light that there is a corrupt “hidden agenda” behind many of these bishops special collections. FWIW:
Thank you, ethics! I watched, and it was OK, but most of the real meaningful info was missing, it was a bit soft-pedaled.
Raymond Arroyo is in somewhat of a bind, he can’t appear to attack the bishops. If he did a real “expose” on what CCHD has been up to for the past 10 years, EWTN would be probably be closed the next day.
EWTN always downplays how bad things are in the Church hierarchy, but they do mention things, which for a TV station is good, they need to be Catholic but neutral, truthful but not negative, obviously they can’t criticize the Church to a diverse worldwide audience, that would cause confusion. It would be pointless for them to go to a level of detail that 99% if the audience could not grasp. And hence this story was somewhat superficial, but also courageous considering probably at least half of the bishops would like to see Arroyo’s head on a platter.
After all these decades of admiring Phyllis Schlafly I did not even know she was Catholic. In any case I’m glad I checked this info on CCHD. I saw a press release saying they were no longer contributing to ACORN. Even so I think I will not put that envelope in the second collection today.
Well, I was already to write something in the second collection envelope. But there was no second collection. That’s one way to avoid the problem.
Last week they mentioned CCHD would be this week.
Today it wasn’t mentioned and no collection was taken up.