Skip to comments.More Proof the Catholic Campaign for Human Development Should Be Eliminated
Posted on 09/23/2009 10:30:56 AM PDT by NYer
New, stunning, evidence has just been reported by LifeSiteNews.com that the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is funding groups that advocate abortion and prostitution.
CCHD, the social justice arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which ceased funding ACORN last year, has responded by defunding two of the four organizations, while the fate of the other two remains undecided.
The evidence about the CCHD was unearthed by Bellarmine Veritas Ministry after their intensive study of CCHD grants from 2008 to 2010 (LifeSiteNew.com has links to the list of grants). Bellarmine Veritas Ministry began a national campaign in late August to investigate the groups being funded by the CCHD and found: "Unfortunately some of the groups funded openly promote abortion, same-sex marriage, contraception, and other issues not in line with Catholic teaching."
Here is a list of the groups funded by the CCHD advocating abortion or prostitution, or both:
1. The Chinese Progressive Association -- CPA
CPA has been funded by the CCHD for the last four years and was scheduled to receive $30,000 this year. Its 2008 voters guide urged Californians to vote against proposition 8 and proposition 4 requiring parental notification for minors seeking abortions.
2. Los Angeles Community Network -- LA CAN
CCHD has just defunded this organization which was to receive $40,000 this year. LACAN promotes same-sex marriage, contraception, and the morning-after pill.
3. The Rebecca Project for Human Rights
The Rebecca Project, funded by the USCCB for the last four years, joined Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion organizations in signing a “wish list” of reproductive priorities for President Obama to carry out during his first 100 days in office. This list includes proposals to increase funding for contraception and abortion, defunding abstinence programs, and the end of the Mexico City Policy.
4. The Women’s Community Revitalization Project
This organization was scheduled to receive $30,000 from the CCHD. It is a "coalition partner" of WomenVotePA, which advocates abortion, the morning-after pill, contraception, and same-sex "marriage."
The research published by Bellarmine Veritas Ministry is highly detailed and irrefutable.
5. Young Workers United
Scheduled to receive $25,000 from the CCHD. It publicly supports abortion, same-sex "marriage," and the legalization of prostitution. Their 2008 voters guide opposed proposition 8 and proposition 4 in California. The organization also advocated decriminalizing prostitution and urged and advised San Francisco voters to adopt proposition K.
Another important detail was mentioned by LifeSiteNews.com in its report. The CCHD cannot fund or defund any organization without permission of the local bishop, according to the CCHD director Ralph McCloud. This means that the scandal of CCHS grant-making is not just the problem of the USCCB staff, it is the problem of all the bishops who sign off on funding for groups like the Los Angeles Community Network in their dioceses.
Rob Gasper, the founder of Bellarmine Veritas Ministry, is to be congratulated for his investigation. I hope he will continue his investigation into lists of CCHD grantees from earlier years -- I am sure he will find more of the same, unfortunately, for Catholics around the nation whose money was being ill spent.
Gasper's ministry is calling for all Catholics to:
* Withhold your donations to the CCHD
* Place a note in the collection basket explaining the reasons why you did not contribute to the CCHD
* Remain vigilant and continue to inform others until the demands have been met
I think BVM should go further and ask for the elimination of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. No amount of house-cleaning is going to make this arm of the USCCB worthy of our donations.
.... and the USCCB should be disbanded.
Is it too much to hope for that Hannah Giles was somehow involved in this sting?
The USCCB is only as good as the quality of the bishops that make it up. Getting good bishops (and I think they are in general getting better under Pope BXVI) is the important thing, in my view, not disbanding the USCCB. The USCCB permanent bureaucracy probably could use a good vetting, however.
Good for whoever did this sting operation!
“Is it too much to hope for that Hannah Giles was somehow involved in this sting?”
Haha, good one!
yes! I don’t remember every giving to it!
The original report can be found here: http://bellarmineveritasministry.org/campaigns/cchd/
I gave the very first year it was established. Once I saw who they were giving money to, I never gave again.They've been funding Alinsky-style organizations since the beginning.
No, but I doubt she had as much fun in that hooker’s miniskirt as several of the bishops would have...
>> This means that the scandal of CCHS grant-making is not just the problem of the USCCB staff, it is the problem of all the bishops who sign off on funding for groups like the Los Angeles Community Network in their dioceses. <<
I wonder if this isn’t precisely the problem:
1. The Washington-based staff finds a list of local “social justice organizations,” including local ACORN chapters from 3rd-party sources they encountered through their (typically left-wing) social and business networks.
2. Not familiar with the local groups, they submit left-wing groups willy-nilly, figuring the local bishop has to approve any groups they’d send to.
3. The local bishop receives the list and rubber stamps it, figuring he has no basis to overrule Washington.
4. The recipients of the funds then join the list of trusted sources for Washington to get proposals for.
At my parish there is a collection before communion as usual. Then at the conclusion of mass there is a second collection for parish expenses like utilities, repairs, snow plowing etc. I have been doing just the second collection to make sure no money goes to the diocese and gets funneled into craziness like this.
In many dioceses it's the envelope on thanksgiving weekend. In my diocese is on the Sunday after Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday. Click on the cchd in the keywords, there are many FR threads about the topic.
social justice has become a key code word for Marxism
It is a cancerous rot that must be removed (along with all liberal rot) from all Christian groups in order for the Gospel to flourish one again.
....Or for the bringing back of helping those in need based on the Gospel.
Yup. I learned back in the early 80’s as a teen (who was blessed to go to an orthodox church!) what all this “social justice” garbage was really about. now, I know even MORE!
I learned back in the early 80’s as a teen what the CCHD and all that “social justice” stuff was. I’ve always avoided it like the plague.
You know, back in ‘85, there was a news article I read about a patriotic ex-soldier penetrating a meeting at a convent in Ft. Worth (where I lived) of a bunch of marxist nuns. He ended up getting arrested for causing a raucus, but I remember doing my own investigating. I was just 19. always been a radical— :)