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Posted on 10/27/2010 8:39:29 AM PDT by GonzoII
Acknowledging mistakes, CCHD leaders pledge new fidelity to Catholic principles
Bishop Roger Morin
.- The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) launched a program of review and renewal on October 26, acknowledging mistakes and pledging to uphold Catholic principles in all future decisions.
The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' CCHD subcommittee, Bishop Roger Morin, spoke to reporters in an Oct. 26 conference call. He was joined by the bishops' Executive Director for Justice, Peace and Human Development John Carr, and by CCHD director Ralph McCloud. They explained steps being taken to uphold Catholic morality while fighting poverty.
Bishop Morin stressed the importance of the campaign, which he said complements other forms of poverty relief and Catholic action. But he acknowledged that some of its funding choices and associations were made in error, and had caused some Catholics --including some bishops-- to question its work.
Critics have highlighted the campaign's history with groups promoting abortion and homosexuality. The campaign's new guidelines give priority to funding Catholic groups, while screening other recipients more rigorously.
CNA asked John Carr how the new approach would apply to difficult situations, when a choice might arise between achieving important goals with questionable partners, or taking a stand on Catholic first principles at the expense of certain worthwhile goals.
That's not a hard choice, Carr answered. If good work is being done, but it's being done by a group that acts in conflict with Catholic social and moral teaching, then they can't have CCHD money. He promised a whole new set of tools, including a new grant process, to make sure that doesn't happen. Carr also mentioned an increased oversight role for moral theologians, and a review board for difficult cases.
We have to be very direct, Carr emphasized. A group which may do nice work in housing, but advocates same-sex marriage or federal funding for abortion, is ineligible for CCHD funds-- and if they were to engage in that activity, they wouldn't get it, or would be cut off.
Bishop Morin agreed, saying the campaign could not become an agent of cooperation with evil in order to accomplish some degree of good. You're either in, with, and totally committed to what it is that the Church teaches and preaches socially and morally-- or you're not in, and you're not eligible for funding, the prelate stated.
Deal Hudson of InsideCatholic.com, who has criticized some of CCHD's collaborations, asked about the tricky issue of coalitions, citing situations in which a grant from CCHD could go to a collection of groups, some of which may work against the Church, in areas separate from the coalition's aim.
The coalitions are a complicated area, Carr said, noting that moral theologians and the planned review board would be offering assistance. He said that while CCHD-supported groups were encouraged to develop such connections, they were not permitted to join coalitions working against Church teaching.
He clarified that Catholic groups could join in coalition with groups that happened to hold objectionable positions, provided that the coalition did not serve those ends in any way. But Carr also acknowledged that the question of scandal should prevent coalition-building with particularly notorious groups such as Planned Parenthood, even if the coalition's aim was not controversial.
All of the campaign's spokesmen expressed hope that the campaign's new priorities and procedures would improve its effectiveness as an instrument for Catholic evangelization, as well as poverty relief. CCHD is important not just for what it does, they reiterated in a document summarizing the changes, but for how it demonstrates who we are and what we believe.
Who is going to save our Church?
Not our bishops, not our priests and
religious. It is up to you, the people.
You have the minds, the eyes, and the
ears to save the Church. Your mission
is to see that your priests act like priests,
your bishops act like bishops, and your
religious act like religious.
--Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, address to the Supreme
Convention of the Knights of Columbus in June 1972
Thank you, Mr. Carr.
An my pledge never to support the CCHD because of its tendency to be anti- and un-Catholic stands.
Ditto. I see no reason why my direct donations to charity should be replaced by a corrupt set-up with a track-record of contributing to the culture of death. Disband the bloody thing, and we’ll all breathe easier!
If they have, sa it appears, decided to drop them quietly, that's fine with me. But I wish I knew this "for a fact."
I agree, and it bothers me that John Carr is still at the top. He’s they guy who has been making all these dicey grants over the years, his friends and staffers circulate on their boards Chinese-fire-drill style, and I really think that if Bp Morin meant business, Mr. Carr would be outta there.
“and it bothers me that John Carr is still at the top.””
Oh, yes, you’re right. Flagrant dissent has consequences where justice is present, so Carr goes, right after he publically expresses sorrow and the apology for the scandal.
(Didn’t read the whole thing, so maybe he did.) But he goes.
Trust is quite broken between the USCCB and the scandalized and sadly even their competence is brought into question to make even the simplest ethical decisions regarding Conference staff, personnel and committee heads.