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New critique of CRS shows numerous grants to organizations supporting abortion, contraception

Catholic World News - October 02, 2013

Continuing its strong critique of the US bishops’ overseas aid program, the American Life League (ALL) has published an open letter to the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), challenging the group to explain millions of dollars in grants to organizations that support abortion, contraception, and sterilization.

A 250-page report by ALL shows that most CRS domestic grants during the last fiscal year were awarded to organizations that promote practices condemned Catholic Church teaching. “Funding these groups is a little like paying wolves to tend the sheep,” said ALL president Judie Brown in her open letter to the CRS. The ALL letter was sent to every diocesan bishop in the US.

In September the administrative committee of the US bishops’ conference issued a statement defending the CRS against ALL’s criticism. The bishops’ statement said that “CRS has a careful vetting system to ensure that its activities and partnerships with other groups or governments are forms of cooperation that do not violate Catholic teaching.”

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  • Posted by: unum - Oct. 03, 2013 8:43 AM ET USA

    The USCCB's continued backing of CRS is inexplicable!

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Oct. 03, 2013 4:22 AM ET USA

    There are so many truly Catholic organizations to which to donate. Pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance.

  • Posted by: Ken - Oct. 02, 2013 9:53 PM ET USA

    The CRS is beyond help. Not another dime. Ever.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Oct. 02, 2013 8:09 PM ET USA

    What does one expect from our bishops with spines of jello. Facts are facts and they need to face them openly. Reason CRS does what it does is because a huge amount of its funding is government money. It gets hard to wash off the dirt once it is up to your elbows.

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