Skip to comments.Report: ‘Real Reform’ at Chicago CCHD Being Dismantled (Catholic Caucus)
Posted on 11/12/2010 1:48:17 PM PST by NYer
CHICAGO, Illinois, November 11, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) Facing pressure from the old guard at the local and national level, the Chicago branch of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development has begun dismantling the real reform that earned it so much praise from pro-life groups in the summer.
Despite the attempts made by some well-intentioned individuals in the Archdiocese of Chicago's CCHD, the powers-that-be at the USCCB and some local bishops and priests have plans to return to the national CCHD's guidelines with this program, said former Chicago CCHD director Rey Flores. Flores, among others, had initiated the reforms with the initial blessing of Cardinal Francis George.
But a cadre of liberal priests, led by Fr. Larry Dowling, has been calling on the cardinal to reverse the reforms, which included approving grants for the life-saving work of crisis pregnancy centers. Dowling claimed in a recent letter to Cardinal George, for example, that "It has been an insult to many (grantees) to be asked, Does your organization support abortion or same-sex 'marriage'?"
The same group of priests, who sought the removal of Flores last March, were recently also targeting Flores' former boss, Office of Peace and Justice Director Nicholas Lund-Molfese.
"People really need to keep the CCHD program in their prayers, especially the Chicago CCHD staff, priests and bishops," said Flores, who lost his position in the fall.
Under Flores leadership, Chicagos CCHD had committed to defunding any group opposing Catholic teaching, particularly on life and family issues, as well as funding groups such as crisis pregnancy centres and the Pro-Life Action League, contrary to previous CCHD practice.
The former director told LSN that the rationale for funding such groups, and for ensuring that grantees are in line with Church teaching on life and family issues, is that "the lack of respect for the sanctity of life and the destruction of the necessary societal institutions of traditional marriage and family are the major reason for the moral, physical and spiritual poverty we suffer in the western world.
Cardinal George under the recommendations of Auxiliary Bishop Francis Kane, who serves on the U.S. Bishops CCHD subcommittee has agreed to recommit the diocese to CCHDs long-time policy of not funding groups that offer direct service to the poor, and will also require again that grantees boards be mostly composed of low-income people.
The Chicago reforms, which were held up by pro-life groups as a model for the nationwide organization, were especially significant because Chicago is where CCHD began and their collection still brings in the most funds of any diocese every year.
"For a brief moment in Chicago, we had everyone on the same page, said Flores. It was awesome to teach people on the social justice side of things about the value of respect life causes as being social justice issues and teaching the respect life warriors about the God-given human dignity of immigrants and workers. I pray that these efforts were not in vain."
"It's sad that the unborn and the innocent poor must suffer because of our misunderstanding of what true social Catholic justice is as Jesus Christ taught us," he added, saying, "We must never sacrifice our Catholic faith and values for secular humanitarian causes."
LifeSiteNews was refused an interview with Lund-Molfese to ask about the status of future funding to pro-life groups. According to Susan Burritt, the dioceses media relations director, There has been no change in the policy of the Archdiocese of Chicago regarding groups eligible for CCHD funding. Reports to the contrary are mistaken.
While we certainly pray that the new leaders of Chicagos CCHD have the courage to continue Rey Flores' excellent reform effort, it sounds like they're returning to business as usual," said Michael Hichborn, American Life Leagues lead researcher on the CCHD. Given the push to remove Flores from his post by a member of the CCHDs subcommittee, one has to wonder just how committed to reform the National CCHD office really is.
We really commend Rey for his courage and fidelity to the Church for working so hard to make these reforms as the CCHD director, said Hichborn. But the strength and courage it took to go public with what really happened is a sign of his deep faith in Christ.
Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago
PO Box 1979
Chicago, IL. 60690-1979
I'm insulted they want my money.
I give as much to the CCHD as I do to the RNC, and I feel good about it.
Well, wasn’t Saul Alinsky from Chicago? It’s the Chicago way...
So... this is the Archdiocese’s way of saying, “We’re worried that orthodox Catholics—and all sane, pro-life (but I repeat myself) people everywhere—will run short of reasons to bang your head against the wall, so here you go...”...?
The CCHD was set up to fund Alinskyite groups with money from gullible Catholics.
It’s time for the whole concept of the CCHD to be junked. It was erroneous to begin with, and much is now completely unrelated to “antipoverty” purposes.
On a similar topic, did you know that “Operation Rice Bowl,” promoted to children during Lent, allocates 25% of donations to local dioceses for any use? I saw in our Diocesan newspaper that Rice Bowl was funding a bilingual liturgy workshop in the Western Region, and I wrote to ask about it. The materials are all about starving children in miserable countries, and local liturgy workshops aren’t mentioned anywhere.
In summary, running a bait-and-switch with these programs - “Give us money, and we’ll use it for ... something.” - is tacky.
‘Well, wasnt Saul Alinsky from Chicago? Its the Chicago way...’
also, Rev Wright, Father Pfleger , etc...they seem to get by with what they want..