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Priest who led Campaign for Human Development greets Obama at campaign stop

Catholic World News - July 27, 2012

The priest who served as executive director of the Campaign for Human Development from 1978 to 1985 was the first person to greet President Barack Obama during a recent campaign stop in Iowa. The US bishops’ controversial anti-poverty program is now known as the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Msgr. Marvin Mottet, 82, was seeking federal support for two job-creation programs.

“I had to choose my words carefully to get the president’s attention, so I mentioned the Campaign for Human Development,” said Msgr. Mottet. The president said that he remembered the priest and had a staff member get in touch with him.

“We’re hopeful the White House will give us focus and direction so we can acquire the necessary resources to move the projects forward,” said Jim Orr, a student of Mottet who developed the programs.

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  • Posted by: MatJohn - Jul. 28, 2012 8:22 AM ET USA

    Ditto for me. Support a "Catholic" operation that ignores the social outreach of its own St. Vincent de Paul Society? I don't think so.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Jul. 27, 2012 1:32 PM ET USA

    If there is any doubt as to why I do not donate to the annual CHD collection, this should dispel it.

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