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Report: Almost 50 CCHD-funded organizations linked to activities opposed to Catholic teaching

June 02, 2010

Almost 50 organizations funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development “remain involved in activities directly opposed to Catholic moral and social teachings,” according to a June 1 statement by Reform CCHD Now. The coalition announced that a detailed report documenting these activities has been mailed to every bishop and diocesan pro-life director in the United States.

“Good things have started to happen with the CCHD, and there appears to be momentum toward real reform,” said Robert Gasper, president of Bellarmine Veritas Ministry. “It has become clear that the problems can’t be solved merely by defunding individual groups that have been identified as opposing Church teaching. This is why we continue to respectfully call for a complete reform of the CCHD.”

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jun. 05, 2010 12:06 PM ET USA

    One reform might be to have a bishop sign a statement for each CCHD grantee that he has determined the grantee does not directly or indirectly support advocacy in contradiction of Catholic moral teaching. At present everything is unaccountable, deniable and bureaucratically opaque.

  • Posted by: unum - Jun. 03, 2010 6:03 AM ET USA

    USCCB credibility is destroyed by CCHD. The CCHD continues two disingenuous charades in defense of the organizations it funds. First, it "relies" on vetting from local dioceses. But many of these dioceses knowingly support organizations that defy Church teaching. Second, CCHD supports specific programs without regard to the overall activities of the grantee. Grant money is fungible, so CCHD grants allow leftist organization to move funds to other programs that are opposed to Church teaching.

  • Posted by: Ken - Jun. 03, 2010 3:17 AM ET USA

    The USCCB needs to be DISBANDED. It has not legal authority in the Church. It has been run by a group of progressive secularists for years. The organization has become a tool of the pro-abortion Democratic Party. Another scandal in our midst.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 02, 2010 8:01 PM ET USA

    I confess to having become a cynic when it comes to the USCCB. What it has become is a couple hundred anonymous bishops huddled behind closed doors, apparently sworn to some unique code of silence. How many "votes" were taken as Christ built His Church? How many of the first hundred bishops of the Church died as martyrs? How many lived in a lifestyle equal to those in the USCCB? Why should there men change their current practices? Are the good ones muffled under threat? What threat? For how long

  • Posted by: oremus7739 - Jun. 02, 2010 6:10 PM ET USA

    I no longer support the CCHD. However, my Diocese (Archdiocese of St Petersburg), still funds the CCHD and even though presented with the evidence by American Life League, Bellarmine Veritas Ministries and others about the corruption with these anti-Catholic organizations, they will not cut them off. We need another Bishop Wenski here in our beleagured diocese. May the Lord Jesus send us a Holy and Orthodox bishop so the wholesale housecleaning can begin. St Jean Vianney, pray for us.

  • Posted by: Hal - Jun. 02, 2010 2:10 PM ET USA

    Reading the ALL report, it's pretty obvious that the Bishops have been complicit in this. And they wonder why no one listens to them. I'm especially disappointed in Levada's participation in the San Fransisco group and amazed at the penetration they have permitted at the parish level. The funding for the Chicago groups, all of whom supported Obama, speaks volumes.

  • Posted by: sparch - Jun. 02, 2010 10:34 AM ET USA

    These are the the types organizations that should be investigated before money is wasted. The bishops have much house cleaning to do and the CCHD is only a portion of the mess needed to be cleaned. Lat us hope it is done cleanly and quickly.