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Sixth Bishop Didn't Take Up CCHD Collection
LifeSite ^ | November 30, 2009

Posted on 11/30/2009 3:58:06 PM PST by NYer

TULSA, Oklahoma, November 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Bishop Edward J. Slattery of Tulsa, Oklahoma also chose not to contribute to the national collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) has confirmed, making him the sixth bishop confirmed to have done so.

In a letter to the pastors of his diocese, read at Masses on the weekend of the November 21-22 collection, Bishop Slattery informed the faithful that the funds contributed to the CCHD collection would be reserved for use within the diocese.

Msgr. Patrick Brankin told LSN that Bishop Slattery made his decision in the week before the collection, in light of the evidence released this fall implicating numerous CCHD grantees in activities contrary to Catholic teaching.

"What [the Bishop] decided was that he would take up the collection, but any of the funds that were generated would be used in the diocese," said Msgr. Brankin. "[The funds] would be used for the kind of self-help promotion groups that would be normally funded by [CCHD], but they would be under the bishop's oversight."

In the months leading up to the November collection, members of the newly-formed Reform CCHD Now (RCN) coalition produced several reports documenting how numerous CCHD grantees have promoted or are promoting activities contrary to Church teaching, including abortion, contraception, and same-sex "marriage."  In fact, on the Friday before the collection, RCN claimed that $1.3 million is allocated to questionable groups.

Bishop Slattery made his decision due to concern about the "scandal" of CCHD's inappropriate use of funds, said Msgr. Brankin.  "Obviously the reason [for his decision] is the bishop did not want to cause scandal, considering the lack of oversight that's been evidenced at the [CCHD]," he explained.

"It's an embarrassment that this scandal, that that sort of stuff, goes on," Msgr. Brankin continued.  "Bishop Slattery did not want the people of the diocese to be scandalized, or God forbid, that the money that they contribute would be used for something that is inconsistent, or contrary, to Catholic moral and ethical teaching.  Pro-life, pro-family - we've got to support that."

The week before the collection, Bishop Slattery joined the rest of his brother bishops at the USCCB plenary meeting in Baltimore.  There they heard a defence of the CCHD from Bishop Roger Morin, chairman of the USCCB subcommittee that oversees the organization.

In making his decision, Bishop Slattery was "very conscious" of Bishop Morin's report, said Msgr. Brankin, in which, he says, Bishop Morin "addressed" the problems with CCHD and admitted the need for more "responsible" oversight.

"That's fine," he said, "but I think [Bishop Slattery] is taking a cautious stand in saying 'I want [CCHD] to succeed. I want them to correct mistakes.  But I don't want our people to be afraid that by contributing to the [CCHD], somehow they might be contributing to this kind of anti-life, anti-Catholic effort.'"

This is the first year Bishop Slattery has chosen not to contribute to the national CCHD, and "he's leaving next year's an open question," said Msgr. Brankin.

"The bishop is very strongly pro-life," he added, noting, for example, that he had just been to a diocesan meeting planning for the January March for Life.  "He wants as many people as can, here in Tulsa, to march in support and in solidarity with the March in Washington.  So, he's just very strong in that."


See related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:

Fifth Bishop Didn't Take Up National CCHD Collection
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/nov/09112510.html

Bishop Bruskewitz on CCHD: Bishop Morin Was a "Bit Too Dismissive" of Concerns
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/nov/09112410.html

Four US Bishops Did Not Take up Collection for Embattled CCHD
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/nov/09112305.html

$1.3 Million in CCHD Funds Going to Questionable Groups: Reform Coalition 
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/nov/09112306.html


List of Bishops:

Bishop Robert J. Baker - Birmingham, Alabama
LSN: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/nov/09112305.html

Bishop John O. Barres - Allentown, Pennsylvania
LSN: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/nov/09112305.html

Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz - Lincoln, Nebraska
LSN: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/nov/09112410.html

Bishop Victor Galeone - St. Augustine, Florida
Statement: http://faithcatholicdigital.com/publication/?i=25105&page=1
LSN: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/nov/09112510.html

Bishop Robert C. Morlino - Madison, Wisconsin
Statement: http://www.madisondiocese.org/Portals/0/OEC/SOWDI/CCHD%20Collection%202009%20-%20Faithful.pdf


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Ministry/Outreach
KEYWORDS: bishop; bishops; bishopslattery; catholic; cchd; ok; oklahoma; socialism; tulsa; usccb

1 posted on 11/30/2009 3:58:08 PM PST by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 11/30/2009 3:59:11 PM PST by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone" - Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer

Giving money to the CCHD to give to various ‘social justice’ groups on the national level is not only abrogating control of how the money is spent to unaccountable organizations, it also would seem to violate the principle of subsidiarity.


3 posted on 11/30/2009 4:04:20 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: NYer

Great news! Better late than never, I suppose.

My observations at Mass suggested to me that only about half of those present contributed to this collection.


4 posted on 11/30/2009 4:08:04 PM PST by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: NYer

Wonderful!


5 posted on 11/30/2009 4:20:23 PM PST by FrdmLvr ("The people will believe what the media tells them they believe." Orwell)
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To: Bigg Red

I NEVER contribute to it. In fact, it was that leftist faction that turned me away from the Church for a time.


6 posted on 11/30/2009 4:26:40 PM PST by FrdmLvr ("The people will believe what the media tells them they believe." Orwell)
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To: NYer

A big hug and kiss and a crockpot full of That Beef Dish for dear Bishop Slattery, my favorite hierarch ever!


7 posted on 11/30/2009 5:06:55 PM PST by Tax-chick (Don't worry - the king cobra will save you!)
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To: NYer

Harrisburg’s Bishop Rhodes also stop the collection. Due to his transfer to Indiana announcement the same weekend the collection was not played up in the media.


8 posted on 11/30/2009 5:43:57 PM PST by franky8 (For the souls of the faithful departed.)
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To: FrdmLvr; NYer; AnAmericanMother; Bigg Red
The following is the hand-written "fan letter" I sent to the five Catholic Bishops who did NOT support the CCHD with a Thanksgiving Collection, together with their addresses. Please join me in supporting them. BTW, I'm now writing the requisite letter to Bishop #6!


ADDRESSES


Bishop Victor Galeone
11625 Old St. Augustine Road
St. Augustine, FL 32258

Bishop Robert Morlino
P.O. Box 44983
Madison, WI 53719

Bishop Robert Baker
2121 3rh Ave, N.
Birmingham, AL 34203-3314

Bishop John Barres
P.O. Box F
Allentown, PA 18105-1538

Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz
P.O. Box 80328
Lincoln, NE 68501-0328


Dear Bishop _____________

I see that _________ is one of five dioceses in the U.S. which did not sponsor the Thanksgiving Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Many thanks to you for this! I am glad you have decided not to outsource your Social Justice work via the Washington, DC church bureaucracy.

To addresss the root causes of poverty, my suggestion would be to dismantle the CCHD altogethr and channel the funds to inner city Catholic Schools instead. And keep thm truly Catholic!

In the past, as we know, some CCHD grantees have been ALinsky-style political operators, abortion-promoters, and frauds. But I believe that these disturbing, regularly-occurring scandals are not the main issue. I would argue that the underlying premises of the CCHD itself are flawed.

Stay local, stay real, stay Catholic!

God bless you, Bishop __________.

Gratefully,

[signed]

9 posted on 12/01/2009 11:45:15 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Mammalia Primatia Hominidae Homo sapiens. Still working on the "sapiens" part.)
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...
See mine at #9, adding this address:

Bishop Edward J. Slattery
3811 East 22nd Street
Tulsa, OK 74114

This is what I do instead of Christmas Cards :o)

10 posted on 12/01/2009 12:09:47 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Mammalia Primatia Hominidae Homo sapiens. Still working on the "sapiens" part.)
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To: NYer
anymore added to the list from last November? My diocese just had theirs this month.
11 posted on 04/22/2010 4:15:26 PM PDT by Coleus (Abortion, Euthanasia & FOCA - - don't Obama and the Democrats just kill ya!)
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