Development & Peace and their dangerous liaisons

Development & Peace, the Canadian Bishops’ Social Justice organization, has lost a lot of support from all quarters over the past several months – in the pews, among their own members, from their Leftist allies in politics and media, and even from the Government. The only place that their support has stayed largely in tact has been with the Bishops of Canada who have stubbornly refused to make any meaningful reforms. Continue reading

Social Justice Junta

What does that mean in practise? Canadian Catholics would hear in those words a particular urgency, as the annual collection for their overseas development agency — Development and Peace — is being taken up in these days. The desire of Francis for a Church that does not abandon the proclamation of Jesus Christ to become only a charitable agency would challenge the standard operating procedure at Development and Peace for decades, where the Christian faith has been downplayed in favour of generic good works. (Source)

Well, Father. Here’s the thing.  LifeSite News, this blog, and a smattering of other blogs have covered this story from the get-go.  We’ve striven to bring this scandal to the public’s attention and, for the most part, we’ve been left dangling by the bishops and their bureaucratic CCCB Borg.  (Note to the Borg:  the clean-up of the bureaucratization of the Church does not just need to happen in Rome).  There’s not one single bishop in this country who has come to our defense in public – not one, even though LSN and ‘Bust been slandered and lied about by D&P and by the Quebec press.   Not a single peep.  All we’ve seen is the circling of the wagons and official support for Development & Peace.   Whoops…that’s not entirely correct.  My apologies.  LSN has been banned twice by the CCCB’s otherwise useless Plenary – more evidence of the dialogue envisioned by Vatican II, no doubt. Continue reading

D&P Collection This Weekend?

I just checked my box of envelopes and it turns out that the collection for Development and Peace is taking place this weekend at St. Patrick’s Basilica.

Don’t be played for a fool. Find out when your parish is doing the D&P collection. If you’re not sure, withhold donations until the end of Lent, at which point you can make a large donation to compensate for the weeks you missed.

Canadian bishop again refuses funding to Development and Peace amidst abortion scandal

PEMBROKE, Ontario, March 7, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Canadian bishop is committed to withholding all funding from the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace as the organization remains enmeshed in an abortion funding scandal.

For the third year in a row, Bishop Michael Mulhall of Pembroke has urged that the faithful to contribute to other worthy Catholic apostolates in the developing world that have been vetted by the diocese instead.

News of the bishop’s decision comes as LifeSiteNews.com has launched a new project urging prayerful support of the effort of Canada’s Bishops to reform Development and Peace. The Charity in Truth Project, based at CharityinTruth.ca, is raising awareness about the ongoing D&P scandal with a video, petition, and other resources.

In a February 20, 2013, letter to the faithful, Bishop Mulhall wrote, “We will continue with the practice of sharing the collection with religious communities and apostolates that have a connection with the diocese to be used in their efforts with the poor.”… (Source)

Mulhall is the only bishop in Canada who’s got the guts to do as he ought. The only one.

D&P’s Human Dignity – Tree Hugging over the Unborn

The show must go on.

There’s a “program” in Haiti, but curiously no group is mentionedWhy could that ever be?

Check out their slide show:

Slide 2:  90 partners, 22 countries.  Big reduction from the over 300 “partners” they had.

Slide 6:  D&P down to $7.4 Million?  What happened to the $35 Million Budget?

Slides 3-6:  7 themes, but sadly no mention of the Unborn.  They. just. can’t. do. it.   They can’t even mention the word ‘abortion’ – even if they didn’t allocate any money to fighting it.  It grates them.  It’s not their problem.  Human Dignity, after all, has its limits.

Trees are more important than the unborn.  They get a mention and some money.  The unborn get nothing except more of the same.

D&P still has not come clean…4 years to the month since their scandal broke.

And the bishops have done little more than smoke screen it away.  But we won’t forget and we won’t let them forget.

Shame. Maximum shame.

D&P’s Share Lent Campaign

“Human Dignity” without mentioning the Unborn in any of their literature.

Maybe someone should clue them into the Bishops’ latest “Social Justice” document:

“The right to life from conception to natural death is the basic human right, the condition for the exercise of all other human rights…” (Source, No.1)

Or perhaps, D&P is showing us once again how they prefer not to put THE FIRST RIGHT and the CONDITION of all other rights where it belongs.

Why do the bishops not mandate the mention of the plight of the unborn when their official organs talk about social justice?

Isn’t that their job? To safeguard and explain the Faith?

Why is that so difficult? Can someone tell me?  If D&P doesn’t want to tow the line, then, please, show them the door. It’s not that complicated.

If you’re not pro-life, you’re not Catholic. Repent!

Duceppe Dumps D&P

…In his post, Duceppe says he has supported D&P “for years” but stopped this year because the organization has too closely aligned itself with the Vatican’s moral stance on contraception and abortion, and the Harper government’s “ideological obsession” that is “inspired by a certain religious right.”…(Source)

I don’t know what is a greater indictment….the actual evidence against Development & Peace or the fact that proto-Communist, Gilles Duceppe supported them all these years.   I actually think the latter is more damning.

You’re known by the company you keep, friends.  That’s a maxim the Left likes to use a lot…but hey, this street goes both ways.

D&P is getting purged….inside and out.  This is going to be a looooooooong surgical operation, but it’s getting done.   And by my watch, my prediction will probably be about right….it’s gonna take 10 years.   The first 4 were spent exposing…the last 6 will be spent unwinding.

Either way, the D&P might want to continue on with their trajectory, but it won’t last forever.  They’re peeling support every day.