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US bishops’ conference releases animated video to explain, defend CCHD

Catholic World News - November 12, 2010

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a three-minute animated video to explain and defend the work of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the US bishops’ controversial anti-poverty program. In the video, a 26-year-old teacher in an impoverished, unsafe neighborhood starts an after-school program that receives CCHD funding. According to the video, CCHD helps fulfill Jesus’ mission of bringing good news to the poor (Lk. 4:18), and CCHD grant recipients “must not do anything that goes against the social and moral teachings of the Catholic faith.”

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  • Posted by: mwquacker4169 - Nov. 15, 2010 12:31 PM ET USA

    If you know your donations to the CCHD has gone to groups which don't reflect the teachings of the Church, I urge you to petition your bishop (through the Chancellor of the diocese 1st). The principle of subsidiarity should be promoted. This is no guarantee funds won't go to objectionable groups or causes, but it is a start. Alinsky-ites are indeed trying to infiltrate parishes everywhere (& are successful in some cases). Be informed, be pro-active in defending your parish & Holy Mother Church.

  • Posted by: Bernadette - Nov. 13, 2010 1:11 PM ET USA

    Nothing will do but that CCHD be scrapped and put in the dustbin! Each diocese has its own funding for the poor and poverty/self-help programs. Get rid of the USCCB, its Washington, D.C. building and staff of left-wing Alinskyites. Bishops, meet once a year to PRAY and do PENANCE. Maybe we'll allow you a pre-prandial before supper and fellowship together before silence at mealtime.

  • Posted by: impossible - Nov. 13, 2010 12:17 AM ET USA

    Saul Alinsky would be so proud to see that the poison he started in Chicago so many years ago is still doing its dirty work. More currently, George Soros must be applauding the naivete of our misguided shepherds. The ACLU should be up in arms screaming about their favorite fictiion of "separation of Church and State" and the "tax exempt status of the Church." The moneys given by Catholics via CCHD have in fact been corporate contributions to the Democratic Party and its band of community orgs

  • Posted by: Catawba01 - Nov. 12, 2010 9:15 PM ET USA

    I would like the CCHD to stop telling us everything is OK and get to the point where it has a publicly-accessible, transparent process in place to monitor grant recipients so that we as donors can be assured that indeed none of these groups are doing "anything that goes against the social and moral teachings of the Catholic faith.”

  • Posted by: unum - Nov. 12, 2010 6:00 PM ET USA

    It will take more than a cartoon to explain why Catholics should support CCHD. A good start would be to report who got fired and what specific improvements were made in the vetting process for organizations receiving grants. Both were conspicuous by their absence from the USCCB "Report" regarding the "reforms" at CCHD. As with the abuse scandal, the bishops are unwilling to take a hard look at their peers who are guilty of mismanagement. They have lost credibility with thinking Catholics.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Nov. 12, 2010 3:34 PM ET USA

    I've seen this video, and it looks to me to be a thick layer of candy coating on the same old Saul Alinsky/ACORN style of community organizing. I'm not buying it. "The more things change the more they stay the same."

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