what gives?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 04, 2005

The function of the National Catholic AIDS Network (NCAN) is pretty much as vague you'd expect it be with Howard Hubbard as Bishop Moderator. "We work for global access to drugs and health care," says Coordinator Amy Florian, "for community-based systems of support, and for meaningful and lasting change." It's not clear to me what or who is supposed to change and in what direction, and the roster of NCAN donors is neither enlightening nor reassuring. Listed contributors include Fr. Tim Radcliffe, O.P., former Master General of the Domincans, as well as the Levi Strauss Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey -- no ally of the Catholic Church in other circumstances.

More puzzling to me are the donations made to NCAN by Catholic Charities of the Archdioceses of Chicago, Hartford, and Portland, and of the Diocese of Springfield, MA. My hunch is that most layfolk who give to Catholic Charities are under the impression that they're supporting an agency that actually delivers charitable services. Instead, it looks like we have advocacy groups taking infield practice by tossing tax-exempt grants back and forth to one another. "Global access to drugs and health care" sounds like a great idea, but just how far down the chain does one's donation to Catholic Charities translate into a real sponge used to cool a real person's brow?

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  • Posted by: Charles134 - Jul. 05, 2005 9:00 PM ET USA

    I'm Catholic, I love the Church, I'm excited about liturgy and theology and Scripture studies. Shouldn't I be excited when I hear about something coming out of the USCCB? Instead, whenever I hear the USCCB has done or said something, I cringe. You'd think I'd be their target audience. Instead, I think their sole purpose is to provide cover for dissenting "Catholic" Democrat politicians.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 05, 2005 11:06 AM ET USA

    Why is it so incredibly easy to be prejudiced against the USCCB? Is anyone really addressing that problem?

  • Posted by: fisherman129 - Jul. 05, 2005 10:07 AM ET USA

    Go easy on Catholic Charities... it's a great group of organizations with people really helping the needy. Just because Levi-Strauss contributes to AIDS and the latter gives to Cath Char - what does that prove? The jump to condemning Cath Char is both illogical and prejudiced - as is the dumping on the USCCB,just because some of the American Bishops do or say things we don't like, does that mean all of them and their institutional structures are bad? What kind of logic is that? Prejudiced?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 05, 2005 7:36 AM ET USA

    The USCCB is a blow up doll for episcopal pastoral fantasies; a very expensive printing press producing counterfeit leadership policy; a sophisticated episcopal birth control device designed to trick the Church into thinking it is following the mission of Christ and bearing fruit; a post ordination deformation program for bishops. Have you noticed the Church is becoming poorer lately? Me thinks Our Lord is cutting resources in order to eliminate “things" like the USCCB.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 04, 2005 7:19 PM ET USA

    An "FYI" regarding Levi Strauss.. I stopped buying their stuff years ago because they stopped donating to the Boy Scouts. Why? Because the Scouts wouldn't allow gay scout masters. Does that answer any questions about who is expected to change and in what direction?

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Jul. 04, 2005 6:06 PM ET USA

    Thanks, Diogenes, for informing us of yet another bureaucratic black hole amidst the out-of-control dissident bishops... Maybe someone could at least tell Cardinal George about this so that the funding from Chicago could stop... How does this stuff happen? Please, Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, invoke Canon 401-2 as soon as possible for the sake of Bp. Hubbard's soul and all the souls he continues to lead astray... Saint Josemaria Escriva, pray for us.