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US bishops' charity funded agency promoting contraception: news report

July 18, 2012

Catholic Relief Services (CRS), “the official overseas relief and development agency of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops,” has provided millions of dollars in funding to an organization that promotes the distribution of contraceptives, the LifeSite News service has reported.

In 2010, CRS provided $5.3 million to CARE, an international group that provides contraceptives to women in Third World countries and has supported measures broadening legal access to abortion. Father Shenan Boquet, the president of Human Life International, told LifeSite News, that there was “no way to support CARE financially that does not also support the problematic work that they do."


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  • Posted by: - Jul. 19, 2012 11:50 AM ET USA

    These concerns were raised last year. Dr. John Haas of the National Catholic Bioethics Center concluded that none of the activities listed constituted material cooperation with evil. The CRS funding was not fungible, with almost no risk of it being used for other than the designated purpose, nor did it free up money that could be used for immoral purposes. Because of the possibility of scandal, Dr. Hass recommended CRS be clear about how it carefully approaches these relationships.

  • Posted by: impossible - Jul. 19, 2012 10:09 AM ET USA

    Why do the many faithful orthodox bishops who remain in communion with the Pope remain in and fund the USCCB? We need some St. Athanasius-type prelates. Join me in charitably urging the good bishops to do the right thing by leaving the USCCB and forming an orthodox group.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 19, 2012 12:01 AM ET USA

    Just one more in a long list of examples of the American bishops not fulfilling their God-given roles as shepherds of God's people. Shame on them, AND the CRS, who will get no more of MY money!

  • Posted by: Father Fetus - Jul. 18, 2012 9:15 PM ET USA

    So long Operation Ricebowl!

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Jul. 18, 2012 8:01 PM ET USA

    This is a pervasive and persistent problem (see all the work done by the American Life League to expose all the Catholic dollars that go to organizations that simply do the opposite of the Lord's commands). The Catholic Church and its true Catholic organizations must do their own work.

  • Posted by: unum - Jul. 18, 2012 6:30 PM ET USA

    The USCCB progressives continue to fund organizations they favor whose programs violate Church teaching (and I continue to trash appeals from CRS). Apparently no one is in charge at USCCB who respects the authority of the Church.