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CCHD cuts support for Oregon group over stand on same-sex marriage

July 16, 2014

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has cut off funding for an Oregon group working with immigrants, because of the group’s public support for same-sex marriage.

The CCHD announced that a $75,000 grant to Voz Workers’ Rights Education would be dropped because the Oregon group refused to cut its formal ties to La Raza, a nationwide organization that endorses same-sex marriage. The CCHD, the program sponsored by the US bishops’ conference to fund anti-poverty initiatives, had provided grants to Voz Workers’ Rights Education regularly since 1994.

Ralph McCloud, the director of the CCHD, said that although the Oregon group had “done some tremendous work,” the bishops’ program could not continue its funding when “it became obvious that they were assisting in something that was contrary to the teachings of our traditions.” The CCHD has been under persistent criticism, for more than 25 years, for providing financial support to radical organizations that support anti-Catholic causes.


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  • Posted by: Margaret - Jul. 19, 2014 2:20 PM ET USA

    This is the first positive I've heard about CCHD. Not enough to offset all the negatives, though. I have not contributed to CCHD in years and have campaigned against them whenever possible -- especially in November when they have their annual collection in parishes.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jul. 17, 2014 7:10 AM ET USA

    They should keep looking. A lot of other organizations they support are foul balls too. It is the best reason I find for NOT supporting ever CCHD.