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Catholic Campaign for Human Development awards $9M in grants

June 19, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced that the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, its controversial anti-poverty program, has approved over $9 million in grants “to empower poor and low-income persons to overcome poverty and injustice.”

A full list of grant recipients was not released, though a USCCB press release noted that some grants will support “the statewide launch of a clinic in California that provides alternatives to abortion as well as programs intended to strengthen fatherhood and families; work by the California Catholic Conference to work with dioceses and other partners to reintegrate ex-offenders; and funding for parishes and other congregations in Florida to address criminal justice reform.”


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  • Posted by: unum - Jun. 20, 2013 9:48 AM ET USA

    After all of its adverse publicity, one would thing that CCHD would publish a description of the individual grants and a statement of compliance with Catholic teaching. Publishing a sunnary statement assumes the same "trust me" attitude that other secretive organizations, like the government, use to hide what they are doing.

  • Posted by: Ken - Jun. 19, 2013 7:17 PM ET USA

    Dollars to donuts we will find some of these organizations receiving funds are supporting practices such as abortion. Not one thin dime from my pocket.

  • Posted by: loumiamo7154 - Jun. 19, 2013 5:13 PM ET USA

    Since the bishops would counsel me to avoid Freemasonry, with all it secret oaths and undertakings, I've decided not to contribute to the CCHD and thereby not leave myself liable for contributions made to organizations which might be at variance with Catholic teaching.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jun. 19, 2013 11:26 AM ET USA

    How about something to do with unemployment or does that have nothing to do with poverty?