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CCHD critics raise new questions on grants to radical groups

Catholic World News - November 05, 2010

Just two weeks after the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) released new guidelines designed to silence its critics, the Reform CCHD Now coalition (RCN) has charged that the guidelines themselves applaud a CCHD grant to an organization with strong ties to pro-abortion and pro-homosexual activism.

The RCN—which led an energetic public campaign last year, pleading for an end to CCHD funding of groups that promote causes incompatible with Catholic social teaching—pointed to a grant to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a group that has formed coalitions and partnerships with advocates of legal abortion and same-sex unions. The grant was mentioned in the CCHD’s “Renewal” document as an example of the work done by the US bishops’ official anti-poverty agency. “The CIW's participation with these groups directly violates the CCHD Renewal document’s restriction on participating in coalitions which have positions or actions which contradict fundamental Catholic moral and social teaching,” said Rob Gasper, founder of RCN member.

“The very idea that the CCHD would praise CIW in a document that apologizes for funding pro-abortion, pro-homosexual organizations in the past and promises to make a stronger effort to avoid doing so in the future seriously undermines their credibility,” said Michael Hichborn, a researcher for RCN.

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  • Posted by: Gil125 - Nov. 06, 2010 2:57 PM ET USA

    At what point does an organizaton become so corrupt that it cannot be reformed? We know that as individuals we are always capable of repentance and reform---right down to our last breath. But organizations are different. In any event, it looks as if the CCHD is like the man who walks out of the confessional, says his five Our Fathers and Hail Marys and goes directly back down the block to his favorite brothel.

  • Posted by: unum - Nov. 05, 2010 11:42 PM ET USA

    The progressive bishops who control CCHD won't get my contributions until they publish the specifics of reform, including who got fired and how the vetting process was changed. The CCHD "reform document" was full of churchspeak and generalities don't assure any thinking Catholic that their funds will not be given to groups at odds with Church teaching.

  • Posted by: Ken - Nov. 05, 2010 7:08 PM ET USA

    Does this really surprise anyone who has followed the scandalous behavior of the CCHD?

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