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Verbal abuse after food pantry refuses donation from Planned Parenthood

Catholic World News - February 14, 2012

Paul’s Pantry in Green Bay--an outreach of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Wisconsin’s largest free food pantry--refused to send a truck to pick up a food donation from Planned Parenthood, prompting a torrent of hateful e-mails and telephone calls.

Pro-life writer Jill Stanek reports:

[Executive director] Craig [Robbins] told me Planned Parenthood of Green Bay called the pantry and asked it to send a truck to pick up food it had collected in a drive. Craig told the lady calling the pantry was unable to send a truck. He gave PP no reason why but did not want to co-mingle with PP, nor did he want to give PP a photo op. He gave the caller names of other local food pantries. There are 20 in the area.

“Within 20 minutes I was getting phone calls and emails calling us pieces of ----,” Paul told me … Craig said he received counsel from a pastor at their cathedral, who said they did “absolutely the right thing.” The pastor explained Paul’s Pantry could no more knowingly take food from Planned Parenthood than it could the Mafia or al-Qaeda.

Following the torrent of local verbal abuse, the progressive political blog Daily Kos urged its readers to contact Paul’s Pantry in protest.

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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Feb. 14, 2012 9:01 PM ET USA

    I hope every Catholic reading here will contact the food pantry to reinforce the staff did the right thing - and I hope everyone that is able makes a food or monetary donation to the pantry does so. Remember there are 60,000,000 Catholics in our country and we should start supporting each other in doing right things.

  • Posted by: rpp - Feb. 14, 2012 6:51 PM ET USA

    They did indeed do the right thing. Clearly, this was a setup.

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