Chalice scores A+ again

Money Sense published their annual ranking of Canadian charities for 2016. Once again, Chalice has scored A+ in every sub-category and in the overall score.

Of note, they scored A+ in the ever important “Efficiency” grade.  Did you know 92% of the money raised goes to the poor?  That means only 8% goes to administrative costs. That’s very impressive!

In contrast, at Development and Peace, only 72% of the money goes to the poor, meaning that a whopping 28% gets gobbled in administration fees. That earned them just a C+ on “Efficiency”.

More importantly, Chalice is 100% Catholic, with no shady dealings with dubious partners.  They’re reliable and trustworthy. They don’t just take care of the body, they also care for the soul by evangelizing their clients. That’s something D&P doesn’t do and that Money Sense couldn’t possible measure in their secular rankings. But it makes all the difference in the world.

Go with Chalice.

Chalice: agent of evangelization

I got a letter from Chalice during the holidays.  There were some interesting highlights, especially this one:

CHALICE is not and NGO that helps create dependency; it’s a family that helps form good Christians and honest citizens.

Their workshops with children also include, among other things, “Christian formation”.

In other words, they don’t just feed the poor and clothe the naked, they also pass on the Faith through evangelization. Isn’t that what an authentic Catholic charity should be doing?  Why should we be embarrassed to preach the Good News while we’re supporting their livelihood, education and financial independence? Isn’t their spiritual well-being more important than their physical well-being? Don’t take my word for it, listen to Jesus Christ: “For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?” (Mark 8:36)

Frankly, I admire Chalice’s balanced and compassionate approach, caring for both the body and the soul.

When did you ever hear something like that from Development and Peace?  I don’t recall seeing any material on their site about evangelization. What a shame. Pope Francis told us that the Church shouldn’t simply be an NGO. Unfortunately, that’s what D&P really is.

D&P, bishops developing protocol to deal with “social media attacks”

The Canadian bishops and their development agency are developing a statement of principles in the hope of heading off future social media attacks.
The Canadian Catholic Organizations for Development and Peace will model its statement of principles on the “CRS Guiding Principles” developed by the American Catholic aid agency Catholic Relief Services.

Like Development and Peace, the CRS has been criticized by online journalists and bloggers accusing it of working with organizations that support abortion and contraception. In 2010 LifeSite News questioned Development and Peace’s funding of a Jesuit-founded human rights organization because the Mexican organization had been cited along with organizations that advocated for legal access to abortion in a joint NGO report to the United Nations. Despite denials of any involvement in pro-abortion activities or any formal relationship with pro-abortion organizations, the accusations spurred a formal investigation by the CCCB and caused a crisis for Development and Peace’s public image and its fundraising efforts.

A clear statement of Development and Peace’s grounding in Catholic social teaching should help protect the organization from future confusion, said national council president Ray Temmerman. “Our work is not to respond to those attacks. Our work is to do our work with the poor and to educate in Canada. That’s what we’re about,” Temmerman said. Trying to answer to information that is repeated over and over on the Internet can distract the organization from its core work, Temmerman said. “It’s kind of this amorphous thing that has a capacity to get its members waving the flag and contacting bishops,” he said. (Source)

You know, the truth has a funny way of intruding itself into one’s business if one’s business has been corrupted by the world and people call you out on it.  D&P still doesn’t get it and they have failed to accept responsibility. They never admitted any wrong-doing and it was only public embarrassment towards the bishops for their gross negligence that forced some modest changes.

Needless to say, it appears that Development and Peace has not learned anything in the years since LifeSite and Socon or Bust (rest in peace) blew the lid off D&P’s “work”.   The Catholic Legate is still maintaining its fatwa against donating to that organization.  In fact, it’s probably even more critical now than ever before that we don’t donate to them.  The shift in thinking in the Church fosters more complacency and laziness in co-operating with abortion-pushers in the secular culture.  Development and Peace will only be too happy to go back to the good old days.  Like that song from The Who goes:  We won’t be fooled again.

Merry Christmas & Legate Round up

Greetings everyone,

I just wanted to take the time to wish all the Legateers out there in cyberworld a very Merry Christmas and blessed New Year. We’re really going to be up against it in the years to come as society becomes darker and darker. But who cares?! Jesus has already won the war. The rest is just details…except that the details mean everything to our souls and the souls of people who we engage. So, while you have been told that the “Devil is in the details”. That is not true. You are.  The feast of the incarnation has united God to man, and has bound us to the baby in Bethlehem. Let us therefore be worthy of that honour and fight for the kingdom gifted to us.

A few announcements as we head into the Christmas season and a New Year….

1) Children of Paraguay Fundraiser: The Children of Paraguay are selling raffle tickets for this beautiful portrait [see below] to raise money to buy medicine for the clinic in Paraguay.  The tickets cost $10 each. Raffle ends at the end of January. For more information on the portrait or to buy a ticket, please contact Rosa Frias at childrenofparaguay @ rogers.com.

cop portrait

2) Joy Company Dancers: New videos up at the Company’s YouTube Channel. New promo video for the company can be found here. J.O.Y Company Dancers stands for “Jesus is our Y” and entertains seniors in the Ottawa area. If you know persons who need to be loved and are lonely, contact the Company.

3) CIA – Catholic Intelligence Association Exposing the scandals and shenanigans of the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Tips and Leads are welcome! You will be kept anonymous!! Email: catholicintelligence@gmail.com. The CIA is in alliance with The Fellowship of St Joshua (Joshua is the patron saint of intelligence operatives).

4) Divine Mercy Rosary DVD – Dennis and Angela Girard have released their Divine Mercy Rosary DVD. You can check it out at www.divinemercyrosary.com. You will find a trailer and testimonies there plus a press release about it on the side bar. St. Joseph Communications is now distributing it in the U.S. Aside from it being a wonderful way to pray the Rosary it also is a great “spiritual washing machine” for the mind for men dealing with Pornography issues.

5) National Dementia Strategy – Fellow Legateer Matt Dineen has been leading the charge against the delibitating disease of dimentia. SUPPORT A NATIONAL DEMENTIA STRATEGY: Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, is urging support for a national dementia strategy. Parliament will debate a private member’s bill, C-356, An Act for a National Dementia Strategy early in 2015. Alzheimer’s and related dementia diseases afflict 750,000 Canadians and their caregivers. C-356 calls for increasing funding for research, promoting earlier diagnosis and intervention, strengthening the integration of primary, home and community care, enhancing skills and training of the dementia workforce, and improving support for caregivers. Contact your local Member of Parliament to show your support; Office of the Prime Minister (pm@pm.gc.ca); the Health Minister (Rona.Ambrose@parl.gc.ca).

6) Legionnaires of St. Maurice – Catholic Mens Group: As I have been mentioning to many of you over the past several months, I want to explore the possibility of starting a men’s group. This is merely an exploratory endeavour at this point, as I want to see what kind of response is out there. So I am proposing to have a couple of evenings in January (Thurs.Jan.22 and Sat. Jan.24) to show a very moving testimony by a modern-day Job.

I realize that all of us are very busy, and the last thing we need is another group to commit to. However, I am absolutely convinced that God is calling Catholic men to step up to the plate. As someone who has been involved in activism for 11 years, I can confidently tell you that political and social efforts are good, but they are wholly insufficient to deal with the challenges the Church and our families are facing. We need something more fundamental. We need a movement of Catholic men which draws in our fallen away brothers. I’ve backed off doing activism for over a year now (not voluntarily, mind you, but God works in mysterious ways!), and in so doing have developed a deeper prayer life.

Through this time, I have become absolutely convinced that the way of revival and cultural renewal starts with Catholic men. Catholic men are the first domino. Knock that domino down…and everything falls into place and all of the garbage we face simply vanishes. Catholic men keep families together…and when families stay together, almost all of the social ills and disorders we face simply melt away. And furthermore, I am convinced that such a movement would be one of the greatest evangelizing forces the Church has ever known.

I believe that the Holy Spirit is calling us. I’ve talked to other guys and they feel the same pull. In fact, just a few days ago, I came across this video….

from this website

So, if you are interested, please let me know which date works (Jan.22 or 24) for you so I can manage the numbers.

Regards,

John Pacheco
Legionnaires of St. Maurice

Development & Peace: Bottom of the Barrel…Again

Legate readers might have read in the past about our previous reports on Development & Peace and their very low ranking by MoneySense Magazine.  Here is a snippet of last year’s report:

So how did Development and Peace score? They didn’t make the list. Keep in mind that MoneySense doesn’t publish the ranking of every charity in the country. It only publishes the top 100, which are grouped into eight broad categories. D&P falls into the International Aid and Development category, within which MoneySense published rankings for 14 organizations. D&P is not part of the list. I guess it was a bad year.  In 2012, you may recall, D&P trumpeted with much fanfare that they had achieved an overall score of A- in the MoneySense ranking, up from their previous score of B. However, in the ever important category of Overall Charity Efficiency, they had scored just a “C+” back in 2012. That was the worst score among the charities published in International Aid and Development category. So if MoneySense found that D&P was doing a lousy job of stewardship, how did they get an overall score of A-? Part of it is attributable to a laughable score of A in transparency. Anybody who has followed the D&P scandal over the last 4½ years knows that D&P is anything but transparent. I surmise that in 2013, MoneySense took a closer look at D&P transparency’s practices and gave them a much lower score, resulting in D&P dropping from the published list. That’s my gut feeling. (Source)

Well, MoneySense’s 2014 assessment has just come out and D&P has ranked near the bottom of the barrel again on efficiency and governance, the only areas that really matter when you are selecting which charity to give your money to.  Ironically, D&P is under the “religion category”.  It’s an amazing thing that since 2011, not much has changed. They have not really improved at all.  They’re still near the bottom of the barrel in handling and spending your money.  On other hand, Chalice has a grade of A to A+ in every category, yet again — a stellar achievement, most worthy of your support.

Five years after The Catholic Legate (then Socon or Bust) helped shine the light on Development & Peace’s sad support for pro-abortion groups and poor management of Catholic money, the former problem has been somewhat mitigated although not altogether eliminated while the management of our money still needs lots of improvement.

The Catholic Legate continues to encourage our readers to give your money to more worthy causes like Chalice who do real social justice. Don’t ever give any money to Development & Peace.

B.C. Catholic newspaper: We Day is a fraud

Some very good points made by Malin Jordan in the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Vancouver. 

The event’s messaging seems sound on the surface, but, when you get underneath, it isn’t sound at all and it’s not Catholic. And that’s the danger and the fraud: up front, it’s a feel-good event, but beneath, it’s saturated with inappropriate messaging.

It’s time Catholic schools distanced themselves from We Day. The speakers at these events, despite whatever talking points they offer, deliver unsuitable messages to Catholic students. (Source

Read the rest over there. We’re still waiting for anyone in the Archdiocese of Ottawa to take such a stand for the protection of our kids. 

I only disagree with Mr. Jordan on one point, that we give our money to Development and Peace instead of Free the Children. Sadly, D&P has become so cocooned and obscure that it’s difficult for Catholics in good conscience to give to them because we don’t know where our money is going. It would be an irresponsible lack of stewardship to put our money into a black hole.

Cameroon family living in Montreal since 2007 faces deportation and female circumcision

Read their story here and here, or watch the video below.  The deportation is scheduled for October 9th.

The family attends the Montreal parish where my nephew is receiving catechism classes. The husband and wife both have steady jobs and two of their children were born in Canada.

I’m no fan of the NDP, but kudos to the local MP who has taken up their defense. And kudos to the local parish for mobilizing in their support. However, the Citizenship and Immigration Minister doesn’t seem like he’ll budge. This is very disturbing.

Please pray for this family and consider writing to the government.