Free the Children manager resigns after report on his work as gay stripper

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John Pacheco, parent and outspoken social conservative who blogs at Catholic-Legate.com, said that a charity that defends an employee who has a public life as a gay stripper has no place in Catholic school boards.

“Catholic school boards should take swift and immediate action to remove Free the Children as a partner,” he told LifeSiteNews. “If not, they are ultimately sending the message that as long as you are ‘helping the poor,’ you can eschew personal holiness and sanctity and engage in raunchy and immoral behavior, outside of work hours.”

“Such a false dichotomy has no place in Catholic schools,” he said.

Bring in the Strippers

This simply will not do.  No, sir. It will not.  I think all of us have just about had it with the sad, pathetic and boring presentations that Free the Children’s Boylesque Boy has been putting out at our Catholic Schools.  Boring social justice stuff.  With all of his stripping talent, heavy petting, and tongue action?  Are you kidding me?

The Catholic Board should be ashamed of itself by keeping such a hidden gem of a performer in the closet.  We need to pound the doors of the OSCB to demand that they allow the Stripper to do his thing at the next We Day event.  It will bring a whole new meaning to “wee”, will it not?

What hypocrites the students must think we fuddy duddy parents are.  While Boylesque Beau is droning on about social justice, all the teenage girls and GSA groupies have a smile on their face as they all oodle their phones, dreaming of sweet dumplings and getting aroused.  The Royal Canadian Mount-Me Police, indeed.

C’mon, take it off.  What’s with all the coy tactics?!  Let’s have some pole action, man!  Just let it all hang out.

Ted Hurley and the Ottawa Catholic Stripper Board had better do something about this.  Can’t be good for the political, career, Ted – at least not as a Conservative.  Think about that for a minute.

 

 

Did Catholic schools unwittingly finance the distribution of condoms in Haiti through Free the Children?

Here’s what we know.

We know that Catholic schools in Canada raised funds for Free the Children (FTC) to bring relief to Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010 (for example here and here).

We know that part of FTC’s help to Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake was delivered by the condom-pushing NGO called Partners in Health.

We know that both Craig and Marc Kielburger consider condom distribution to be part of “basic medicine”. So when FTC’s website says that its work with PIH in Haiti involves providing “medical care” to Haitians, it’s entirely possible that this medical care included condoms. Condoms are, after all, a major activity of PIH.

Does that sound like a stretch? What do you suppose PIH was doing in Haiti following the earthquake? Do you think they stopped distributing condoms to focus exclusively on emergencies? Not a chance. They actually intensified contraception distribution, perhaps because the increased donations gave them more resources to do so. Continue reading

Kielburgers call condom use “basic medicine”

A few days ago, we wrote about one of Free the Children’s (FTC) partners called Partners in Health (PIH) which is very active in distributing contraception. PIH was co-founded by Paul Farmer. Back in 2008, Craig and Marc Kielburger wrote a lofty piece that almost canonized Farmer. One paragraph jumps out:

Farmer trained community members in basic medicine. It was mainly preventative measures like hand-washing, family planning and condom use. The goal was to stop illness in its tracks through education. The community health workers were paid for their services and would go about teaching, referring and delivering medicine. (Source

Farmer has obviously done some very meritorious things. Kudos to him. But his work in distributing contraception is a great disservice to society by violating the integrity of sex as a sign of God’s love for the Church. 

I don’t know about you, but when I personally give an endorsement about somebody, I generally talk about the good stuff, the stuff I agree with. As Matt Redman sings, “Everybody praises the thing they love.” So if the Kielburgers’ article praising Mr. Farmer made mention of his distribution of contraception, isn’t it likely that they approved of that activity? Look at it the other way: if they opposed contraception on moral grounds, would they have mentioned it in this canticle of praise without providing any caveats?

More importantly, the fact that the Kielburgers include condom use as part of “basic medicine” should put the last nail in the coffin of anyone who thinks the Kielburgers don’t endorse condom usage. By using the term “basic medicine” and by putting condom use on par with hand-washing, they give condoms a connotation of being necessary, normal and healthy.

This makes you wonder what exactly goes on in FTC’s health activities. Any sentence about “medicine” or “health” on their website now needs to be interpreted in light of their twisted vocabulary and mindset.

Free the Children partners with NGO opposing Church teaching, despite Kielburger emphatic vow to the contrary

Back in October 2013, when Catholic parents in Ottawa were asking tough questions about Free the Children (FTC), Marc Kielburger wrote a letter to the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) making the following definitive statement :

“Please allow us to share that Free The Children does not partner with development organization [sic] or other international agencies which are in direct conflict with Catholic teachings.” (Source) 

Socon or Bust has compelling evidence that this statement is factually false.

FTC partners with an NGO called Partners in Health  (PIH). We know this through FTC’s own website. In January 2010, in the aftermath of the terrible earthquake that devastated Haiti, FTC sent money to PIH:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Free The Children responds to crisis in Haiti

Toronto, ON (January 19, 2010) – After Haiti’s 7.0 earthquake hit last Tuesday, Free The Children responded immediately by setting up an emergency relief fund and teaming up with Partners in Health (http://www.pih.org/home.html) who have been providing on-the-ground healthcare in Haiti for over 20 years. Together both organizations are providing emergency relief and medical supplies to get immediate, effective support to the hardest-hit communities. (Source)

A year later, FTC was still talking about their partnership with PIH:

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated the city of Port au Prince and its surrounding regions. It is estimated that only 5% of the rubble has been cleared from Port au Prince, signifying that there is still a long road ahead in Haiti’s recovery. Since the earthquake, Free The Children has provided both emergency response by delivering basic supplies, carrying out rapid needs assessments, and working with Partners in Health to provide medical care immediately after the quake. (Source)

Not surprisingly, FTC’s annual reports for 2010 and 2011 both list PIH among “Supporters and Partners”. In FTC’s most recent annual report, for 2013, PIH is still on the list of “Partners and Supporters” (page 43).

So we’ve established quite clearly that FTC has partnered with PIH for multiple years and has sent them money. What does PIH do? Their website says that they’re dedicated to bringing health care to the people in poor countries. Sounds very laudable. But they’re very upfront about their work in distributing contraception. On their web page about women’s health, they have a section on “family planning”. It reads like this (emphasis ours):

Family planning is among the most effective tools for reducing maternal mortality. Women who receive education and contraceptive options are more likely to delay childbearing, have fewer children, and reduce their risk for obstetrical complications. Nevertheless, an estimated 41 percent of all pregnancies worldwide are unplanned or unwanted, accounting for nearly 230,000 new pregnancies every day, according to a 2010 article in the journal Studies in Family Planning.

Women in poor communities too often lack access to family planning tools. Clinics are too far away, fees for obtaining medical care are too high, and transportation costs are beyond their means. If family planning services were available to all women who want them, maternal mortality in poor countries could be reduced by an estimated 70 percent, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Haiti, each of PIH’s clinics has a full-time nurse trained in sex education and reproductive health counseling. Staff in Haiti have been offering free condoms and contraception for more than 15 years. In 2003, we began training and mobilizing community health workers who specifically promote family planning and women’s health. These ajan fanm—women’s health agents—travel throughout the countryside, teaching people about sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and contraceptive methods. They also distribute condoms and oral contraceptives and refer pregnant women to clinics. This successful model is being replicated at PIH sites in Rwanda, Malawi, and Lesotho. (Source)

Veritable evangelists for contraception, doling out free condoms and travelling the countryside to spread the “reproductive health care” gospel. Predictably, they cite the Guttmacher Institute, which is the “research” arm of Planned Parenthood. Also note, for the umpteenth time, how “reproductive health” and “family planning” are synonymous with contraception in these secular NGOs.
 
PIH’s condom work garnered some media attention from CNN, who wrote an article in May 2013 (emphasis ours):

(CNN) — Condoms do two things really well: They prevent unwanted pregnancies, and they stop the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases. Doing both can have a broad effect on a community’s overall health, especially in developing nations where people have limited access to medical care.

The problem is that access to condoms in these countries is limited, says Sheila Davis, chief nursing officer for Partners in Health. Rural shops or roadside stands don’t usually sell contraception, and supply shortages hinder health care workers’ attempts to hand out free condoms at hospitals or clinics.

In 2008, donors provided about 2.4 billion condoms worldwide, according to the United Nations Population Fund. That’s only a small percentage of the 18 billion experts estimate will be needed globally for HIV prevention and family planning by 2015. Some countries receive an average of one condom per man per year.

Davis has seen the effects of contraception shortages in Haiti. Unwanted pregnancies in the country spiked after the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 220,000 people, according to the United Nations Population Fund. And Haiti continues to struggle with high prevalence rates of HIV.

To conquer the Caribbean nation’s lack of contraception, Partners in Health has teamed up with Sir Richard’s, an American condom company. Sir Richard’s launched in 2009 with a similar business model as TOMS Shoes & Eyewear; for every condom bought, Sir Richard’s donates one condom to a developing nation. Haiti is a trial run for the company, which plans to eventually expand to Africa and South America. (Source)

It’s quite clear that PIH is aggressively pushing for condoms in Haiti and other countries in the Global South. FTC is partnering with an NGO that is very much “in direct conflict with Catholic teachings.” Mr. Kielburger wrote that inaccurate letter to the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) in October 2013, a year in which his own annual report shows that FTC was still in league with PIH. 

The Kielburgers owe us an explanation….or perhaps it’s time to end the current façade.  The facts are that Free the Children’s goals and their partners’ goals are not aligned with the Church, but are, in fact, in direct opposition to the Catholic Church’s teachings on the sanctity of human life and human sexuality.

Modernism and the new goodism

Modernism threatens the Church like no other heresy because modernism refuses to argue the Church’s doctrines openly and directly.  Instead, modernism attempts to sap the Church of its relevance.   Rather than attack the doctrines of God openly like previous heresies, modernism simply distracts the modern man by offering the allure of materialism. For example, instead of flatly denying the existence of God with philosophical arguments, moderns learn to embrace agnosticism by asserting that religion is not as important as other things in life like patriotism or “making a better world for our children.”  (Source)

When you just can’t put your finger on the foundation of movements like Free the Children, it all comes into focus when you remember what modernism really is.  Without Christ at the Center and focus of all our corporal acts of mercy, the social justice movements just become an exercise in philanthropy (which is fine in and of itself but that is NOT what the Catholic Church or its Mission is about)….and when you throw in family planning and promoting abortion…it becomes diabolical.

The devil is no dummy.  He knows how to mix water and wine.

Why the Ottawa Catholic School Board can’t just blow off the Kenyan bishops

There may be some people wondering if the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) is morally required to comply with the request from the bishops of Kenya asking Canadian Catholics to stop funding a contraception-distributing clinic in Kenya run by Free the Children. After all, some would argue that the OCSB falls under the jurisdiction of the Canadian bishops. Is the request from the Kenyan bishops morally binding on the OCSB?

Evidently, the answer is yes: the OCSB is morally obliged to comply, otherwise both the organization and the Board members risk compromising their communion with the Catholic Church. Let’s see how. Continue reading

Ottawa Catholic School Board rejects Kenyan bishops’ plea

by squeaker

A spokeswoman for the Ottawa Catholic School Board says they are not changing their partnership with Free the Children, despite a vibrant plea from the bishops of Kenya asking Canadian Catholics to stop funding Free the Children’s “contraception-distributing” clinic in Kenya.

Presented with the letter on Friday, the OCSB again defended its partnership with the organization. Mardi de Kemp, OCSB’s manager of communications, told LifeSiteNews by e-mail, “Our position has not changed on our Board’s association with Free the Children.” (Source)

This is astonishing. They are choosing to ignore a direct request from the local bishops!

Call me naive, but I thought that the social justice work done in the schools was intended to help countries in the Global South. So when people on the ground, namely the Kenyan bishops, tell you to please stop because you’re inflicting evil on their families and their society, I would have expected a more compassionate and considered response.

I had read that the relationship between parents and the school board had improved recently. Being a realist, I wasn’t expecting the school board to immediately drop all ties with Free the Children. But it strikes me that the charitable thing to do would have been for the school board to say something like “we’re re-evaluating the situation in light of the new information.” But no. Mardi de Kemp says the board is not budging.

Wow.

How Catholic can this board be if it doesn’t heed the passionate plea of bishops? These aren’t small time bloggers like me. They’re the successors of the Apostles. Perhaps a little refresher is in order to summarize what this all means:

“Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” (Luke 10:16)

From Kenya with Love: Kenyan bishops call for end to donations to “contraception-distributing” Free the Children clinic

The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) is pleading with Catholics in Canada and the United States to stop donating to Free the Children’s “contraception-distributing” Baraka Health Clinic in Maasai Mara, Kenya, because of the “evils caused to families and society in Kenya by the use of contraception”. Instead, they are asking that donations be directed to Catholic health facilities that do not distribute contraception, and respect the Church’s teaching.

Free the Children has come under fire during the past few years for its backing of abortion-supporting and contraception-dispensing initiatives.

siu1Socon or Bust has obtained a copy of a letter, addressed to a concerned Ottawa parent and ratepayer and written by Bishop Paul Kariuki Njiru, the Chairman of the Catholic Health Commission of Kenya, an official body of the KCCB. He contradicts an earlier statement made by Free the Children co-founder Marc Kielburger, who suggested that all public health clinics in Kenya are required by the government to distribute contraceptives and that even Catholic institutions are dispensing them.  Kielburger wrote the following text to the OSCB in October of last year:

“Because our clinic in Kenya is certified and supported in-part by the government of Kenya, the Baraka Health Clinic is mandated, by law in the country of Kenya, to stock provide contraceptives to patients should they personally request them,” he wrote… He claimed that “the Catholic Mission Hospitals and Catholic Mission Clinics in our region have also adopted this same policy, and have contraceptives on hand in their own clinics as well, as mandated by the government.” (Source) (Emphasis ours)

Not so, according to Bishop Njiru:

“There have also been claims by Free the Children that all health facilities in Kenya are required by the government to stock and distribute contraceptives for family planning. While the government and other secular health facilities in Kenya provide contraceptives, it is not a requirement by law and as such, Catholic health facilities do not stock or distribute contraceptives for family planning.” (Emphasis ours)

Bishop Njiru also pleads with Catholics in North America to stop supporting contraception-distributing health facilities that are causing great harm to Kenya, and to instead opt for the ethical alternative:

“Considering the evil caused to families and society in Kenya by the use of contraception, Catholic Bishops in Kenya through Catholic Health Commission of KCCB request that donors in Canada and the United States direct their generosity to Catholic health facilities and not to contraception-distributing institutions and programmes such as Free the Children’s Baraka Medical Centre. We are requesting that this be done through the Catholic Health Commission of Kenya who the Catholic Bishops hold responsible for the Catholic Church’s health apostolate.” (Emphasis ours)

The Bishop also attached a two-year plan developed by the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops outlining their strategy to deliver enhancing maternal, neonatal and child health while upholding pro-family Catholic ethics in the face of “heightened programming by pro-choice organizations that are fostering anti-family principles in Kenya’s health sector.

In light of this development, it would appear that Catholics in North America have been misinformed by Free the Children into financially supporting the distribution of contraceptives.  Moreover, if Catholics truly intend to help the people of Kenya, it is doubtful how anyone could justify providing support through a contraception-distributing health facility, when support can just as easily be offered through Catholic facilities that respect the integrity of the person and of their sexuality.