Lay activists question support for CCHD
November 18, 2008
A lay activist group has encouraged American Catholics to reconsider their support for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), citing the CCHD's history of support for radical organizations. At this year's meeting of the US bishops' conference, Laity for Life urged the American bishops to abolish the CCHD. Now the group urges lay Catholics to "contact your local diocesan offices, call the CCHD, search the web, get more information on this collection before you put money into the collection plate." The nationwide collection for the CCHD is held each year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving: this coming Sunday.
CCHD was under scrutiny at the US bishops' meeting in November because of the campaign's past support for ACORN, a community organization that was charged with involvement in massive voter fraud during this year's presidential campaign. But Laity for Life argues that the problems with CCHD extend beyond that single group. "From its earliest years of funding Marxist-organizer Saul Alinsky's Industrial Areas Foundation, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development has been embroiled repeatedly in public controversy resulting from its funding highly politicized left-wing organizations and activities, many of which have operated in blatant contradiction to Catholic doctrine and teaching," said Patricia Bucalo, president of Laity for Life.
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