Skip to comments.Revisiting Bishop Morinís Memo Regarding Our CCHD Campaign (Catholic Alert!)
Posted on 11/14/2009 12:31:54 PM PST by NYer
The heart and purpose of this ministry is to provide Catholics with concrete means of dealing with spiritual and temporal problems facing us as individuals and the Church as a whole.
Our goal is to provide plans of action to address these issues in a humble, obedient and effective manner.
Addressing the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) – Catholics contribute to this national collection every November. A number of the groups funded by the CCHD openly support abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception. Our goal is to have the troublesome groups removed from the grant list and encourage the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to provide better oversight.
On October 2nd, Bishop Roger Morin, Chairman of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Subcommittee released a memo in response to our initial report concerning the CCHD. As we reported on Oct. 8 in our initial response to Bishop Morin, three grantees listed in our CCHD report were stripped of funding and two others were investigated and cleared by the USCCB for further funding.
Bishop Morin stated:
Two other groups named in the original story were investigated and, in consultation with the local dioceses, the charges proved to be inaccurate or a misunderstanding had occurred. (source: Memorandum issued by Bishop Morin to US Bishops, Oct. 2nd, 2009)
The two CCHD grantees in question are LA CAN and the Womens Community Revitalization Project. We have yet to hear an adequate explanation as to how our initial presentation regarding these two groups was flawed, and now have further evidence to support our charge that the Womens Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) should be immediately stripped of all funding by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
In early 2009, the WCRP received a grant totaling $16,400 from the Philadelphia based organization Women’s Way. (Source: Women’s Way web-site) Women’s Way, like many organizations which give grants, has a strict policy in place as to what manner of organizations are eligible for grants.
This policy includes the following:
What WOMENS WAY is NOT Interested in Funding
WOMEN’S WAY seeks applications that support our mission. The following types of organizations and projects conflict with our values and funding philosophy and would not be considered.
- Organizations that consider themselves to be pro-life
- Organizations and projects that do not support a womans full range of reproductive choices
- Organizations and projects promoting abstinence-only sex education
- Organizations and projects opposing same sex relationships or marriage (Emphasis present in original. Source: Women’s Way web-site)
Therefore, if the Womens Community Revitalization Project is eligible for this grant from Women’s Way, by definition they are ineligible for funding by the CCHD.
Please keep this in mind on November 22, the date of the CCHD national collection. Unless the CCHD removes WCRP from the grants list, a portion of your CCHD donation may very well go to the WCRP. Also, this highlights the need for reform in the CCHD grants process. WCRP not only cleared the initial screening to receive CCHD funding, but was also cleared for continued funding after the investigation by the CCHD following our initial report.
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The annual CCHD collection will be taken on November 22. I have taken the liberty of posting most of the background information from the Bellarmine web site. I would encourage you to visit the site and examine the findings yourself. Below, I have placed the link to the USCCB web site with their initial response to Bellarmine ministry. Since that posting, additional information has been discovered and is available on the Bellarmine web site. Know where your contributions are spent!.
Actually, it doesn't. That is what Bellarmine Ministry discovered when they did some research on those organizations. Some support gay marriage, others provide counseling on family planning and yet another supports women priests. This information has been brought to the attention of the program directors and they have held a conference call with the founder but have not yet taken action on removing those agencies from their grant list.
STOP FUNDING CCHD!!!
This is an important endeavor so thanks for recognizing it. SUPPORT THEM as well as others such as the Catholic Media Coalition, and Richard Viguerre’s efforts. A few years back i began surfing the USCCB website and was stunned to learn what its ‘social justice’ program supports both directly and through its funding arm the CCHD. In researching and writing about this mess I have become all the more alarmed by the USCCB’s so called ‘social justice’ agenda. It is radical supporting cap and trade, bail outs, the fannie/freddie may fiasco and other such nonsense. Check out for example the Gamiliel website, a Marxist/Alinski group, bragging about its graduate Obama and its “alliance with the CCHD.” These people are engaged in endless mischief and they maintain close ties to the democrats through the likes of Alexia Kelly, John Carr, Kathy Sailes, et al. The CCHD and statists at the USCCB have a very real and dangerous agenda. Write your bishops and protest loudly in addition to refusing to fund this ugliness.
Somebody ought to check out Catholic Charities next. I can’t walk by the archdiocese without smelling the corruption there.