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Catholic Relief Services charged with support for program that promotes contraception

January 26, 2015

The Lepanto Institute has reported evidence that Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the overseas aid agency of the US bishops’ conference, provided support for a sex-education program that encouraged contraception and masturbation, and endorsed the work of Planned Parenthood.

According to a report from the Lepanto Institute, CRS worked to implement a sex-education program entitled My Changing Body with young people in Rwanda. The program, developed by Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health, is designed for adolescents. It provides ample evidence about contraceptive use—referring students to Planned Parenthood for further information—and encourages acceptance of masturbation.

The Lepanto Institute was founded to investigate links between Catholic organizations and groups that promote policies incompatible with the teachings of the Church.

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  • Posted by: Victoria - Jan. 28, 2015 12:17 AM ET USA

    Would you please include CRS' response to these allegations by Lepanto? The tenor of this institute's publications is so polemic that it is difficult not to believe that their "evidence" is taken out of context. Thank you. Victoria

  • Posted by: Ken - Jan. 26, 2015 8:17 PM ET USA

    Does this really surprise anyone? This is why I no longer donate to the USCCB. Haven't for years.