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CCHD announces new national focus on causes of poverty, grant related to Hurricane Sandy

November 16, 2012

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, chairman of the Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has announced that the controversial anti-poverty program will donate $500,000 to assist “people coming together to reorganize the fabric of their communities” after Hurricane Sandy and “build a resilient support system for those most vulnerable to natural calamities, the poor.”

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development also announced a new national strategic grant program and approved $2 million in grants to “address systemic causes of poverty and empower communities to implement lasting solutions,” in the words of a USCCB press release.

“Before our eyes today, immigrants are exploited, the criminal justice system sucks our youth into its steely and broken logic, labor is weakened, families are torn apart by poverty and children bear the consequences, women without hope are tempted to abortion, homes are foreclosed, pensions robbed, the poor are denied access to credit and our natural resources are exploited,” said Bishop Soto. “This is real poverty.”

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  • Posted by: sswarmka7393 - Nov. 17, 2012 3:05 PM ET USA

    Fool me once...

  • Posted by: family-man - Nov. 16, 2012 11:31 PM ET USA says, "... a rising trend in granting money to organizations that support abortion, birth control, homosexuality, and/or Marxism either directly or through coalitions. Despite repeated claims ... that CCHD does not fund such groups, ... 37% of the organizations receiving CCHD funds are in violation ... $2.8 million of the total $7.6 million (38%) in CCHD grants went to organizations undermining the Church's efforts to protect human life and dignity."

  • Posted by: rpp - Nov. 16, 2012 3:15 PM ET USA

    "...Criminal justice system sucks our youth into its steely and broken logic..." Of course this has nothing to do with the "youth" committing crimes, some violent. "homes are foreclosed, ... the poor are denied access to credit". Not doing the later is what often caused the former. Many comments show true concern for the poor. However, his context, particularly to abortion, makes me wonder if the good bishop really understands personal responsibility, prudential judgment and work ethic.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Nov. 16, 2012 3:13 PM ET USA

    Four years later: George W. Bush is still being slammed. Let's review the statistics: deportations doubled since 2008, poverty up to 50,000,000 since 2008, foreclosures up since 2008, plans being discussed to rob pensions and firearms, eminent domain now legal for any pretext imaginable, racial bigotry and division higher than ever since the 1960s, class warfare at an all-time high, the new health care tax law forcing businesses to layoff or reduce hours worked, et al. "This is real poverty."