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Group returns CCHD grant, refuses to curb gay advocacy

Catholic World News - August 02, 2012

A leftist group in Massachusetts has returned a $40,000 grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), fearful that the group would be asked to comply with Church teachings regarding homosexuality, the Boston Globe reports. But a CCHD official wrote to the group, saying that there was no need to comply with Church teachings.

The Chelsea Collaborative decided to return the CCHD grant after being told that recipients should not engage in advocacy for same-sex marriage. The Chelsea Collaborative, which strongly supports gay rights, sought to clarify the CCHD guidelines, but CCHD officials “did not answer the questions to the collaborative’s satisfaction,” the Globe said.

“We have relationships and work in partnership with many organizations at the national level which differ from the Catholic church’s teaching,” said Randy Kessler, a grant manager for the CCHD. The Globe obtained a copy of the email message I which Kessler sought to persuade the Chelsea Collaborative that they could accept the grant, provided that they did not actually sponsor a gay-pride march.

C. J. Doyle, a spokesman for the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, remarked that the incident demonstrated “the corruption of the CCHD.”

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  • Posted by: Baseballbuddy - Aug. 04, 2012 1:50 PM ET USA

    Which is probably what the USCCB should do with Federal funds: give them back rather than be under the boot of the government. It would be very hard for the government to press their agenda if Catholic institutions do not take its money.

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Aug. 03, 2012 12:12 AM ET USA

    Jaw dropping. Why it is taking so long to get the CCHD reformed? Surely there are no bishops who think this is just fine? My bishop Bp Morlino does not send our CCHD collection to the national CCHD but decides on the diocesan level appropriate grps to give it to. Good that this inappropriate grantee returned their grant.

  • Posted by: aclune9083 - Aug. 02, 2012 10:37 PM ET USA

    Why does the CCHD continue to fund groups that oppose Church teaching? How long are we going to stand for this? Are the bishops asleep at the switch? If they won't act, then the lay community must withhold their contributions and make individual choices about which charities to support.

  • Posted by: rpp - Aug. 02, 2012 9:14 PM ET USA

    Seems an anti-Catholic group has more integrity than an ostensibly Catholic group. This is a sad day. However, it is good the money was returned.

  • Posted by: unum - Aug. 02, 2012 9:06 PM ET USA

    At least the Chelsea Collaborative stands for something. That's more than I can say for CCHD.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Aug. 02, 2012 6:17 PM ET USA

    Exactly. This goes along so well with the post that most Catholics intend to vote for Obama and support his anti-life, anti-marriage agenda. The fifth column is alive and, though corrupt, well.

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