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Pro-life group raises new questions on CCHD funding

November 17, 2009

Adding new fuel to a heated debate among American Catholics about the direction of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), a leading pro-life group has discovered CCHD grants to several more groups engaged in activities incompatible with Church teachings.

The American Life League found that six groups supported by the CCHD supported homosexuality, contraception, and condom use. “Given how easily we discovered CCHD funding going to anti-Catholic causes, the only two possibilities are that the CCHD is incompetent or complicit,” said Michael Hichborn, American Life League’s lead researcher into CCHD funding.

The American Life League has joined with other lay groups in a push for radical reform of the CCHD, which has been troubled for decades by charges that it supports leftist organizations opposed to Church teachings on fundamental moral issues. The CCHD came under heavy criticism last year for its longtime support of ACORN, a community-activist group that has been charged with vote fraud and official misconduct. The CCHD no longer supports ACORN activities.


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  • Posted by: - Nov. 19, 2009 9:33 PM ET USA

    It has been at least ten years since I first learned from Capitol Campaign (I believe from Sacramento but not certain) of the egregiousness of Catholics supporting CHD (before they added Catholic and became CCHD). The employees of CHD were, among other things, schmoozing with Planned Parenthood at cocktail parties in D.C. Probably hosting them. Looking for "common ground", naturally. The bishops had to have known that. Anybody who contributes to CCHD should have his/her head (and heart) examined

  • Posted by: William F. Folger - Nov. 17, 2009 7:22 PM ET USA

    Fixing CCHD problem helps well beyond it, due to range of moral challenges in it. But in Baltimore the USCCB is striking out: strike 1 in 2004 when USCCB didn’t teach sheep about proper use of “proportionate reasons”; strike 2 in 2008 was not providing a TUTORIAL on “cooperation in evil”; strike 3 in 2009 in not (yet) providing a BOOKlet (NOT BOOK) on the “prudential judgment process” nor explanation of how crucial to human freedom is the principle “subsidairity” in evaluating the public option.