Skip to comments.Former CRS head Bishop Lynch says pro-lifers ‘attack’ Catholic agencies as ‘money raising scheme’
Posted on 08/09/2013 2:17:35 PM PDT by ebb tide
Former CRS head Bishop Lynch says pro-lifers attack Catholic agencies as money raising scheme BY PATRICK B. CRAINE Thu Aug 08, 2013 14:43 EST
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, August 8, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) A bishop who formerly headed Catholic Relief Services has issued a vigorous defense of the relief agency while at the same time accusing its pro-life critics of attacking CRS as a money raising scheme.
Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg, Florida, who served as chairman of CRS board of trustees from 2001 to 2007, made the charge in a Wednesday post on his personal blog that was co-published by CRS and promoted through its media channels.
Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg From time to time, I suspect when these organizations need money, they try to stir up a hornets nest or storm by attacking a Catholic organization, usually falsely accusing them of being anti-life, pro-contraception, either pro or soft on abortion, etc., etc., etc., the bishop writes. The storms start small enough and then occasionally grow in size. Its simply a money raising scheme with little regard for the human lives which they allege they seek to protect well maybe it is only pre-born human life in which they are interested.
Bishop Lynch became known in pro-life circles nationwide in 2005 during the Terri Schiavo crisis when - as the bishop of the diocese in which the crisis raged - he failed to intervene even as the Vatican urged the Florida courts to preserve her life from euthanasia.
A month before Terris death, Bishop Lynch issued a statement urging Schiavos family to seek mediation with Terris husband, Michael, even as he fought to remove her access to food and water and prevented a priest from giving her the last sacraments.
Terris brother, Bobby Schindler, later said he held Bishop Lynch more responsible for Terris death than he does Michael Schiavo. When apostolic grace and responsibility are abdicated, innocent people die, he wrote in a letter to the bishop in 2007.
Terris legacy is one of life and love, Schindler continued. Sadly, your legacy will be that of the shepherd that stood silently by as one of his innocent disabled lambs was slowly and needlessly slaughtered by removing her food and water while you persistently ignored the cries of her family for help.
In 2000, Bishop Lynch issued guidelines barring parishes from practicing perpetual Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Parishes seeking to inaugurate or restore eucharistic devotions should reflect on their commitment of time and money (stewardship) to social services, the guidelines read. (The guidelines, still in force, are published by the diocese here.)
In his Wednesday blog post, Bishop Lynch targets a recent series of reports by the pro-life group Population Research Institute, which charge that Catholic Relief Services had been engaged in distributing contraceptives and abortifacients in Madagascar as part of a USAID project. PRI spent a month in the African country in the fall of 2012 conducting interviews with USAID and CRS employees/contractors, as well as clergy and two Archbishops.
Calling PRI an allegedly pro-life group, Lynch says the attacks on CRS began with them and then spread to a few other notoriously and consistently wrong entities who thrive on attacking the Church or its entities.
The bishop targets PRIs investigation in Madagascar and does not address other findings reported by LifeSiteNews, such as CRS $13.8 million grant to the pro-abortion group CARE in 2012, or its $2.7 million grant to the abortion marketer Population Services International.
"I'm sure Bishop Lynch has read the motu proprio, On the Service of Charity. That changes everything, said Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute. CRS should cease being an NGO and report directly to the bishops. Even the Pope has said Catholic charities have to stop acting as NGOs. And guess what, if you take money from USAID, you can't do what is at the heart of charity in the Church, and that is to evangelize.
On July 31, PRI released strong quotes from Archbishop Désiré Tsarahazana of Toamasina backing up their charges. Even in my own diocese! Without my knowledge,...they [CRS] were working on an artificial contraception project here, he said.
The USCCB responded in a statement August 2, saying they had spoke with Archbishop Tsarahazana and he expressed strong support for CRS.
In his blog post, Bishop Lynch cites the USCCB statement, but quotes it as though it were a direct quote from the Archbishop:
Now, how about the hierarchy of Madagascar? Do they think CRS is acting contrary to Church teaching? Are they unhappy with the presence and work of CRS in their country? Archbishop Desire Tsarahazana, President of the bishops conference of Madagascar expressed strong support for CRS and said that the agency is acting in accord with Catholic teaching and does not provide or facilitate access to contraception or abortion.
However, as LifeSiteNews noted in an editorial Wednesday, the USCCB statement offered no direct quotes by the Archbishop and does not even indicate that the archbishop believed his quotes to PRI had been in error. It states merely that there had been some confusion about CRS work in the archdiocese that was quickly resolved, and CRS is not now distributing contraceptives.
The program in which CRS was allegedly distributing contraceptives ended July 24th, which would be consistent with the claim that CRS is not currently distributing contraceptives in the archdiocese.
Bishop Lynch alleges that the critics of CRS and other Catholic agencies never identify their sources but just throw mud up into the air.
So who do you wish to believe, an organization that will not identify either its sources of the allegations or name its own members of its Board of Directors or the arm of the Catholic church that saves lives daily throughout the world? he asks.
In LifeSiteNews reports we have backed up our allegations with links to original documentation, quoted commenters by name, and sought responses from CRS before publishing. The Population Research Institute has identified each of the aid workers and clergy they have quoted.
So this little storm which was headed in a way to harm CRSs work in Africa has run into a ridge of dry air and will stall, the bishop concludes. But when the Population Research Institute or others need money from Catholics who want to believe the worst about their church, its leadership and their service agencies, then it will suck up the mud-filled moisture and try to stoke up another storm.
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Bishops who actively support abortion and euthanasia shouldn’t complain when they are criticized.
So, bishop Lynch is a “Catholic” bishop? Hmmm. Sounds more like a bishop of a protestant heresy church to me. Maybe should consider going over to the Episcopalians. Just a thought.
I think he’s the guy who went on vacation during the torture and killing of Terri. He went quietly out of town.
“In 2000, Bishop Lynch issued guidelines barring parishes from practicing perpetual Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Parishes seeking to inaugurate or restore eucharistic devotions should reflect on their commitment of time and money (stewardship) to social services, the guidelines read. (The guidelines, still in force, are published by the diocese here.)
Those parishes who do have perpetual Adoration are very deep into service.
Priests are not social workers and their consecration is not done by the Dept of HHS.
They are annointed by God for His use and His use is the spreading of His Kingdom.
Anytime I hear of a priest downplaying Adoration, I begin to worry about his belief as to WHO exactly is Jesus Christ?
I can serve by helping others and seeing Christ in them, but I can only adore and worship Christ’s Presence.
You are quite right!
I’ll just wait for someone to show me why I shouldn’t listen to this article.
It will be here in 1,2,......
He should have been removed. He was out of his diocese during Easter, which is technically forbidden.
In addition to all of his pro-death statements made during that time, he forbade priests to bring communion to Terri Schiavo. He also has a real hatred of Eucharistic Adoration and forbade it in his diocese.
As I say, I don’t know why he’s still in power.
“Bishop Lynch targets a recent series of reports by the pro-life group Population Research Institute, which charge that Catholic Relief Services had been engaged in distributing contraceptives and abortifacients in Madagascar as part of a USAID project.”
Funny. I trust PRI far more than I trust CRS. I wonder how much he skims off the top for his own personal use.
I signed up because of Terri. I lurked for years but some loud mouths here where for her husband. Those were horrible days to see some many desert her and cling to evil. From gov’t to her ‘bishop’ to local law and citizens. I still remember how a 12 year old wanted to bring her some water and was prevented and arrested.
Evil, the spirit of death, took over America then and it’s been reigning in our streets and gov’t with a stronger force and citizens have submitted to it with voting for it - ever since. obamacare - where americans are bodily in the hands of evil. And evil is fighting like hell to get out of it. And I’m sure lynch thinks it’s a good thing - especially for the ‘illegals’.
I never thought of that guy since Terri, now I read he’s still alive and only getting older and no change in him. I can’t help but think - he’ll be the one crying for water to where Terri is. There is no water where he is going.