FROM THE FRIDAY FAX:
DEVELOPMENT & PEACE:
The Solidarity Sunday collection for the Global South is scheduled for March 21 with the proceeds going to Development and Peace, the official organization of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Development & Peace is the official aid organization of the Catholic Bishops in Canada. It is the national body connected to Caritas Internationalis, the international Catholic aid organization based at the Holy See. When there are international crises—as with the tsunami in Southeast Asia and the earthquake in Haiti—there is immediate and sound transfer of funds to those who can assist.
The bishops’ conference has set up a special committee of bishops to assist Development and Peace in ensuring that every project sponsored with the donations of Catholics is in conformity with Catholic teaching.
We encourage participation through a positive approach to the collection on March 21.
(adapted from Archbishop Prendergast’s Letter to Priests, February 2010)
Well, folks, this is a sad day. You’ll notice that the mandate of the bishops’ “special committee” is merely to ensure that every project sponsored by Development & Peace is in conformity with Catholic teaching. (Even here, without the direct funding of abortion programs, Development & Peace’s Marxist orientation is decidedly anti-Catholic, but that is hardly something that the bishops are going to move against.)
In other words, it likely will be business as usual in enabling pro-abort, anti-life, anti-Catholic groups to continue their work. Neither the bishops nor the management of Development & Peace have denied that they have been supporting pro-abort groups. They have never denied it. Indeed, how could they deny it, given the overwhelming evidence?
Instead, the Bishops are falling back to their true position which is that only the project or program itself cannot be directly promoting abortion.
Why didn’t they just tell us that from the beginning? Why not just say, “we have no problem with funding pro-abort groups.” It would have saved us a lot of expectation and faint hope.
To be honest, this is what I expected. If you were interested in addressing the allegations, you’d have to start engaging with those who are bringing forth the evidence. But when the evidence – even if corroborated – does not point to any problem, why bother? The point is rather moot.
I will wait for the final resolution to this question. I hope that I am wrong in my assessment. I pray that I am wrong. But, if I am not, if the bishops of Canada agree in principle to prop up the pro-abortion juggernaut in the Global South, there will be ominous consequences to that decision.
Faithful pro-life Catholics WILL NOT ACCEPT IT. Perhaps, since the bishops will have broken our trust in their pastoral judgement, a targetted yet comprehensive financial boycott of the Catholic Church is in order. We shall see.
Socon or Bust continues to urge Catholics to boycott Development & Peace.
Catholics should neither directly give nor directly enable the political aspirations of pro-abortion groups.