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How Can One Tell When It's CCHD Collection Time?
Restore DC Catholicism ^ | 6/12/2013

Posted on 06/12/2013 3:34:48 AM PDT by markomalley

One answer to that question is "when the CCHD and their supporters start their preemptive screeds against faithful Catholics concerned about their left-wing leanings".  For example, David Gibson of Religion News Service starts his piece by claiming that "conservative activists are threatening the social mission of the Catholic Church... by attacking the Church's flagship anti-poverty program with 21st-century style Catholic McCarthyism."  

Of course he refers to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.  Obviously Mr. Gibson is unaware that the CCHD, by policy, gives no money to organizations that directly perform the Corporal Works of Mercy.  Perhaps Mr. Gibson knows that and he doesn't give a hoot.  At any rate, CCHD has traditionally given grants - collected from Catholics during the in-pew collections - to organizations that seek to "change social structures and policies".  That quote is taken from one of their flyers.  More often than not, these organizations are socialist in nature, along the lines of Saul Alinsky.  Indeed, the CCHD was originated by Msgr Jack Egan, an associate (and disciple) of Saul Alinsky for the express purpose of syphoning Catholic resources to fund these community-organizing endeavors (Barack Obama cut his political teeth while working with the Gamaliel Foundation, one such group).  But this blog's previous posts have delved in detail into CCHD's sordid past - no need to rehash that here.

Gibson cites as his main source Faith in Public Life - you know, the progressive outfit funded by George Soros.  Here is the link to the 24-page report that snivels about the "growing threat".  If anything's a "growing threat", it's the tentacles of progressives that infest the bowels of the USCCB offices.  I count it as a high compliment to be among those they perceive as a "threat" to them siphoning Catholic money to their causes, but I digress.  

A perusal of page 2 of their report will give you quite a number of progressives and Obama supporters; many of these individuals and entities can be entered into this blog's search box for more information: Pax Christi,   Thomas Chabolla, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, Catholics United, LCWR, the disgraced Bishop Gumbleton, Stephen Schenk.  The rest of that report will need to be studied in greater detail.  

Getting back to Gibson's article, I must mention one line that is so silly as to be downright amusing.  He complains about the "well-financed network" that we are, in his third paragraph.  I think I can speak for many of my compatriots when I say that none of that "finance" has greased our palms!  On the other hand, when multi-billionaire George Soros has his paw-prints all over Faith in Public Life and its endeavors, it's not too hard to see where the cold cash really flows.

Lest anyone think that this Gibson piece is just a flash in the pan, I now link to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times by Mark Brown.  Recall that recently, a "gay marriage" bill was defeated in Illinois.  Now Brown is waxing ominous about the Church "playing hardball" with groups that supported perversion of marriage.  He's complaining that the CCHD there might cut off their funding.  Imagine that!  The Catholic Church expects those receiving Catholic money to honor Catholic principles!  Here's hoping they hold firm.  Anyway, we can see how the mainstream media is marching lockstep behind the progressives who are trying to leech money from Catholics to undermine Christian principles.

There will be more on this.  For now, I (and I'm sure my friends) take it as a high compliment that the CCHD apologists feel they have to do this preemptive "damage-control" to restore what at one time was an easy source of cash from unsuspecting Catholics.  We're "unsuspecting" no longer.  The truth is coming out.  Please read the FPL report, and also study the report put out by the Reform CCHD Now Coalition.

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From the USCCB web site:

CCHD has three grant programs:

Community Development Grant Program


Economic Development Grant Program


Strategic National Grant Program

Now look at what is NOT eligible for CCHD grant money:

The following organizations are not eligible for CCHD Community Development funding:

  1. An organization that is exempt from federal income tax under a section of the Internal Revenue Code other than section 501(c)(3).[NB: think about the recent revelations about the IRS approval process]
  2. An organization that engages in political campaign intervention prohibited under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  3. An organization that promotes or participates in activities that support principles contrary to Catholic Teaching or work against the USCCB's priorities to defend the life and dignity of all human persons, to strengthen family life and the institution of marriage, and to nurture diversity. [NB: who evaluates whether a group is in line with Catholic Social Teaching?]
  4. Organizations with primary focus on direct service (e.g. daycare centers, recreation programs, community centers, scholarships, subsidies, counseling programs, referral services, cultural enrichment programs, direct clinical services, emergency shelters and other services, refugee resettlement programs, etc.)[NB: So note that efforts that actually perform corporal works of mercy are NOT eligible for CCHD funding]
  5. Advocacy efforts where only staff, a few individuals, or middle to upper-income people are speaking for a particular low-income constituency without the direct involvement and leadership of low-income individuals.
  6. Organizations controlled by governmental (federal, state, local) bodies.
  7. Research projects, surveys, planning and feasibility studies, etc.
  8. Individually owned, for-profit businesses.
  9. Organizations that would use CCHD money for re-granting purposes or to fund other organizations. 

These are NOT eligible for Economic Development Grants:

Not Eligible for Funding

Economic Development Institutions structured without opportunities for participatory control and ownership by low income people

EDIs structured without opportunities to develop community-held assets (e.g., sole proprietorships, simple partnerships, or fee-simple housing projects are not eligible)

EDIs owned or controlled by governmental agencies (federal, state, or local), educational, or ecclesiastical bodies

EDIs whose primary focus is direct service (e.g. job training, business consulting, financial literacy, savings programs, or homeownership education programs by themselves are not eligible). Such services may complement an eligible EDI, but they cannot be the EDI's primary focus.[NB: again, CCHD excludes corporal works of mercy]

EDIs not structured to stand on their own as sustainable institutions

EDIs that intend to re-grant CCHD monies to other organizations.

Then you have "Strategic National Grants" -- these grants are essentially going to be Bishop Blaire's slush fund to aim toward leftist national causes.


1 posted on 06/12/2013 3:34:48 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
Recent grantees of CCHD - an eyeopener!

2 posted on 06/12/2013 3:53:32 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: markomalley
"by attacking the Church's flagship anti-poverty program with 21st-century style Catholic McCarthyism." we look back, McCarthy was right in almost every single one of his accusations. Had he been more successful, we may never have come this point of being such a hedonist nation.
3 posted on 06/12/2013 3:59:55 AM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: markomalley

The Left wants to do to the Catholic Church what it gas done to The Episcopal Church - make it apostate and heretical.

4 posted on 06/12/2013 4:21:27 AM PDT by Josh Painter (Shorter Obamunists: "We are the people the founding fathers warned us about.")
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To: markomalley

Ping for later...thanks!

5 posted on 06/12/2013 4:52:02 AM PDT by Redplum
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To: jacknhoo

Yet he was accused of being an right wing extremist.

6 posted on 06/12/2013 5:06:44 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: markomalley


7 posted on 06/12/2013 5:19:45 AM PDT by Rich21IE
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Reform CCHD Now

8 posted on 06/12/2013 5:30:17 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: markomalley

I give nothing to them. We were asked to fill out forms in the pews a few weeks back. I filled it out, but then I put “$0” as my contribution pledge.

9 posted on 06/12/2013 5:42:02 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: Josh Painter

The Left wants to do to the Catholic Church what it gas done to The Episcopal Church - make it apostate and heretical.

Yep, and their god in Hell smiles.

10 posted on 06/12/2013 5:43:01 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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