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the cchd collection: possible alternatives

By Diogenes (articles) | Nov 21, 2009

This is the weekend of the special collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Skepticism about the CCHD's bait-and-switch rhetoric has been expressed on this site often (go here, or here, or here, or here), on the grounds that the public appeal is aimed at the relief of poverty, while the funds collected are aimed at overcoming poverty: political manipulation of the state purse.

Bishop Roger Morin finds the criticisms of the CCHD "outrageous." Well, judge for yourself. A complete list of the 2009 grantees can be found here. Go ahead, do a search for the word "Catholic" and see what you come up with.  If you have more time, read the brief prospectus given for each grantee and ask if it corresponds to the notion of aiding the poor by which the Church appealed to your generosity and in response to which your compassion was engaged. 

If your heart is warmed by the CCHD grantees, great: go for it! If not, there are alternatives.

A group calling itself Reform CCHD Now provides a printable coupon that you can put into the collection basket in place of CCHD donation. On the coupon it explains, "This year, I will give the money I would have given to the CCHD to another organization which is fully in agreement with Church teaching on social justice and family and life issues." The point is that the coupon in the basket and (just as important) the redirected donation might help send a message to the right folks.

But where to target the redirected money? Among many worthy recipients, let me single out Mother Teresa's sisters, the Missionaries of Charity. Consider these factors:

  • The money will go for the relief of the poorest of the poor.
  • The "overhead" is as low as low can go.
  • Funds will not be diverted toward feminist consciousness-raising workshops or accessories for business apparel.
  • The sisters are exuberantly Catholic; those they feed, bathe, comfort and clothe may be of any faith or none.

Their U.S. address for donation:

Treasurer
Missionaries of Charity
335 E. 145th Street
Bronx, NY 10451

A final point: donors to the Missionaries of Charity get a brief written acknowledgment, but no further solicitation whatsoever.  Your call.
 

Richard Cross holds a doctorate in psychology, who has taught at the university level, including at Franciscan University. He is currently an educational researcher and consultant in the field of psychology and related disciplines.
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