I was just thinking that, in the process of adding cool new widgets (like the nifty little world map showing where people are visiting from), that I should clean out old ones, like the “Reform CCHD Now” button (Catholic Campaign for Human Development, a nationwide collection administered by a committee working for the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)).
That’s got to be resolved by now, right? EWTN’s news program, The World Over, talked about it a while back. Apparently, some of the groups fingered as being pro-abortion and/or pro-gay, were dropped from funding by this USCCB project.
But not all of the problem groups. The CCHD dismissed the allegations against about half of the problem organizations.
Apparently, since then, the news is actually getting worse, not better.
New investigations turned up another troubling connection: John Carr, the person charged with overseeing the CCHD, who has worked for the USCCB since 1987, also had a position in the Center for Community Change. The CCC has supported “lifting restrictions on women’s access to health services”, the usual code language for abortion “rights”. They fought against the Stupak Amendment, which was written to prevent taxpayer money from paying for abortions in the recently deceased health care bills. Carr, in spite of having worked with CCC from 1983 until 2005 and for the USCCB from 1987 until today, claimed that he was unaware of CCC’s pro-abortion, pro-homosexual adovcacy. Oh, yeah, and Carr was on the board for CCC. But he didn’t know what they advocated, really!
One article mentioned the CCC partnering with the Gamaliel Foundation. Hmm… wait, that sounds familiar. Yep, it was. The Gamaliel Foundation claims it is abortion-neutral, which alone ought to preclude it receiving USCCB money. In reality, though, it has hardly been “neutral.” From an article on the CCHD scandal (emphasis mine):
Can an organization actively working with radical advocates of abortion, abortifacient birth control, forced participation of health care workers against their consciences, etc. still claim neutrality? Gamaliel’s buddies in the network are proponents of the liberal creed including positions anathema to Catholics. Faith in Public Life is one of the umbrella group that pulls together faux religious communities to neutralize moral issues in the public debate. Spearheaded by Jim Wallis, head of the liberal Sojourners, Faith in Public Life has been very effective at shilling for liberals including Kathleen Sebelius, the Kansas governor so enamored with late-term abortionist George Tiller.
On their website, Gamaliel proudly acclaims their relationship with President Obama and his roots as one of their community organizer. Gamaliel is deeply rooted in liberalism. That the Catholic Church would fund this group that does little to actually help the poor, but much to radicalize the Church to engage in advancing the liberal agenda is a scandal that continues year after year. Catholics need to realize that not only is CCHD funding liberalism around the country primarily focused on creating support for Democratic pro-abortion, pro-sodomy polticians, but it also funds “education” in parishes that teaches the principles of liberation theology. Instead of planting mustard seeds that grow into trees of faith, CCHD plants ACORNS that grow into Catholic dissent groups.
The Gamaliel Foundation and its affiliates receive millions from the CCHD, approximately 5% of the money distributed. The organizations turned up to be working against Catholic moral teaching made up a fifth of the organizations funded by the CCHD (I have not been able to find a report detailing what percentage of the CCHD’s money these problematic organisations have received).
Lifenews had a new article by Deal Hudson on the CCHD scandal. Townhall.com even picked up on the CCHD scandal. The CCHD isn’t fixed. Frankly, I’m not sure it can be fixed. The CCHD does not actually promote or fund those who work to teach, enfranchise, feed, clothe, or house the poor and marginalized; those activities are banned in their grants application.
The CCHD was founded to fund those who do “community organizing”, which, we have been educated over the last few years, is largely code language for “getting the government to fund more family-undermining hand-outs”. Why not just fund those who help the poor? Wouldn’t that make more sense? And isn’t that what the CCHD tries to give the impression it’s doing? (We got a flyer in the bulletin; it didn’t say anything about promoting community organizers. It talked about helping the poor and marginalized, which most people would assume meant actual assistance.)
The USCCB, hopefully, will fix its reaction. When a lay organization approaches them and says, “Your emminences, respectfully, you’ve been snookered, and we have proof,” the proper reaction isn’t to attack the whistleblowers.
I want to trust my bishop. Even though they have no cannonical standing, I’d like to believe the USCCB is doing good things, too. But, after repeated scandals, it’s more of a “trust, but verify,” unfortunately.
For the full results of the investigations, please see the Bellarmine Veritas Ministry.