Shortly after the earthquake in Haiti, Socon or Bust reported that Caritas Haiti was “likely an abortion supporter” based on statements that were made on their website and other information gathered which is typically associated with anti-family activities. I later then amended my reporting and tempered my original assessment because a reader challenged me to compare my conclusion to the statements made by Caritas Haiti.
Today, another reader alerted me to a communication made by Caritas Haiti last week. Father Serge B. Chadic, the Director General of Caritas Haiti posted a denial of the allegations on their website. (The link is also located near the top of their homepage).
In regards to their statement regarding “women [who] have access to care in regard to their reproductive health and exercise control over their reproductive power“, Father Chadic responded that “this sentence listed … would highlight the natural methods of regulating birth approved by the Church and in no way implying anything else.” He goes on to say that (roughly translated):
And on a personal level, I not only do not share the views of legal abortion, but I would never allow an institution that I manage to dispose of official doctrine of the Church. I repeat once again that one way or another, Caritas Haiti does not support artificial methods of birth control or the legalization of abortion; what we believe, we firmly believe. I hope this clarification clears all the waves of confusion that had improperly trained around the credibility and reputation of Caritas Haiti deeply rooted in the Church, committed to the cause of Christ and the poor.
In light of Caritas Haiti’s official denial and in the absence of any other information discovered, Socon or Bust withdraws any and all allegations against Caritas Haiti supporting contraception or abortion or any implication that it is not entirely faithful to the Church’s teaching.
We apologize profusely to Caritas Haiti for the error, and we regret any harm caused to their organization.
We also apologize to our readers for the false information that has been previously reported.
Typically, organizations which clamour for “reproductive rights”, “reproductive power” and “reproductive control” are invariably tied up in the pro-abortion, pro-contraception agenda. This is the first time ever that I have seen such feminist euphemisms refer to Catholic teaching on reproduction. In fact, I have never heard any Catholic organization use these terms to describe the Church’s teaching on the dignity of women and sex. Furthermore, Caritas Haiti’s original report went on to criticize the Catholic Church for discrimination. It was also a recipient of over $30,000 to support the “Binational March to Celebrate International Women’s Day – March 8, 2008“ (a normally pro-abortion, pro-feminist activity). All of these factors combined were suggestive enough to make the allegation of probability.
In the future, Socon or Bust recommends that Church organs be careful of supporting activities under the guise of feminist, pro-abort euphemisms, or collecting money to further causes which are internationally problematic without specifying what the money is for. For its part, Socon or Bust will be more vigilant and cautious when reporting on apparent problematic statements by Church organizations.
Sadly, the retraction above has no substantial bearing on our allegations made about Development & Peace in Haiti or anywhere else. A couple of weeks ago, for instance, we had reported on MPP, another pro-abort, Haitian organization which was being funded by Development & Peace. That was in addition to the first two pro-abortion Haitian organizations, Kay Fanm and Fanm Deside, which we discovered back in March of last year. Readers can learn more about them and their pro-abort activities here and here.
In their original press release on the relief efforts in Haiti, Development & Peace noted that most of their money would be going to Caritas Haiti but not all of it:
All donations made to Development and Peace will be sent directly to its partners on the ground in Haiti, mainly Caritas Haiti.
By their own admission on their websites, at least three of Development & Peace’s other partners are pro-abortion advocates. In fact, it’s very likely indeed that not all of the $13.5M that Development & Peace has raised to date is going to go to Caritas Haiti. Why would it — when they have other partners on the ground who are in need of their support?
Messages from our partners in Haiti January 26, 2010 Development and Peace has been involved in Haiti for over 20 years. Last year, we contributed $600,000 in funding to Haiti, which went towards four emergency relief efforts and several community development projects led by seven partners on the ground. Some of these partners are located in some of the worst hit areas of the earthquake. They include: Fanm Deside – A women’s movement in the region of Jacmel that has 400 members and coordinates 30 other women’s groups. IRATAM – An organization that provides technical support for agriculture. ITECA – An education and leadership training organization for peasants. It is one of the oldest such organizations in the country. JACHA – A youth organization in Jacmel that has some 300 members. Kay Famn – A women’s organization that has over 1,000 members. Mouvement paysan Papaye – An organization that defends the interests of peasants and represents over 60,000 Haitian men and women peasants. SAKS – A community radio station that also offers training to local groups. Many of these partners have suffered tremendous losses. Kay Famn tragically lost one of its founding members, Magallie Marcellin, a remarkable woman who advocated for the rights of Haitian women and fought to create laws to protect women against violence. With relief, and yet with great anguish as well, we have been receiving news from our partners and the absolute devastation they are faced with. Their courage and resilience is inspiring and we are committed to helping them rebuild their country. (Source)
The reader will note the three D&P partners highlighted above in their memo are the same organizations that have been identified as pro-abortion, and will likely be recipients of some of that $13.5M aid.
Can Development & Peace guarantee that NONE of the money that they collect will go to these groups or enable their obscene practices of pushing for abortion and contraception?
While Caritas Haiti appears to be a legitimate Catholic aid agency, not tied to the conventional “reproductive rights gig”, the same cannot be said for at least three of Development & Peace’s other partners. Since Development & Peace is likely collecting money on behalf of these three pro-abort partners as well, regretably we still cannot endorse any money going to Development & Peace for the Haiti relief effort even though most of it will be given to Caritas Haiti. Socon or Bust readers should contribute to CHALICE or give directly to Caritas Haiti (thereby by-passing any redirection of funds to the pro-aborts by D&P), if possible.