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Catholic Charities honors organization that broke with bishops over mandate

April 17, 2012

Catholic Charities USA has awarded its Centennial Medal to NETWORK, a lobbying organization that has broken with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in its reaction to the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate.

“It is my pleasure to honor NETWORK for its work bringing dignity and respect to all people in this country, particularly in its efforts to eradicate poverty,” said Father Larry Snyder, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA.


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  • Posted by: mgreen32234 - Apr. 18, 2012 10:43 AM ET USA

    Is Catholic Charities primarily funded by the Federal Government?

  • Posted by: unum - Apr. 18, 2012 8:41 AM ET USA

    I notice that Michael P. Driscoll, MSW, DD, Bishop of Boise is the "Episcopal Liaison" for Catholic Charities USA. Perhaps he was unaware of the recipient of the Centennial Medal. I also note that Sr. Carol Keehan is a Board member. That doesn't give me any confidence in Catholic Charities' fidelity to Church teaching!

  • Posted by: bmadeline92796 - Apr. 18, 2012 1:23 AM ET USA

    I am 81 years old - lifelong practicing Catholic. Now I find that I believe the American Bishops to be hypocrites. In talking to a small group of women, I hear stories of many who have gone to confession, mentally and physically bothered with having to use the rhythm method of birth control, and being told to just follow their conscience. That is secretly condoning contraception! Catholic hospitals are losing money when Catholic women go to other vendors! Bishops, be truthful to all!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 18, 2012 12:08 AM ET USA

    Sounds like the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing and some fingers need to be slapped. This is a recurring problem that the USCCB should be reviewing and taking corrective action to fix.

  • Posted by: impossible - Apr. 17, 2012 10:13 PM ET USA

    If the left really wanted to end or lessen poverty and to actually win the "war on poverty" they wood do the things necessary to accomplish victory, but it has become quite apparent that they prefer instead to crush our economy and keep their class envy issue alive. Winning elections with empty promises is more important to them than actually helping the poor.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 17, 2012 8:29 PM ET USA

    Note to self: Catholic Charities, out. St. Vincent de Paul, in. Bishop's Appeal, out. in.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Apr. 17, 2012 12:34 PM ET USA

    Why are they still called CATHOLIC Charities?

  • Posted by: the.dymeks9646 - Apr. 17, 2012 11:50 AM ET USA

    My contributions to Catholic Charities has just ended.

  • Posted by: Defender - Apr. 17, 2012 11:43 AM ET USA

    Mr. Left Hand, this is Mr. Right Hand....

  • Posted by: Hal - Apr. 17, 2012 9:28 AM ET USA

    Yet another reson I havne't contribtued money to this group in years. Someone needs to clean out the stables.