Dear Minister Oda – Cut D&P Funding

April 21, 2010

The Honourable Beverley J. Oda
Minister of International Cooperation
Canadian International Development Agency
200 Promenade du Portage
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0G4

Tel: 819-997-5006
Toll free: 1-800-230-6349
Fax: 819-953-6088

info@acdi-cida.gc.ca

BY MAIL

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Dear Ms. Oda,

I wish to register my strong opposition to the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace receiving any further funding from CIDA. 

A thorough examination of their partners reveals that many of them are Marxist in orientation (see example here) and promote various radical feminist agendas which many Canadians find objectionable.   Development & Peace is also a founding member of KAIROS, an organization that CIDA has also recently defunded.

There is also some question about the excessive administrative costs which Development & Peace incurs in providing their programs.

Yours very truly,

John Pacheco

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11 thoughts on “Dear Minister Oda – Cut D&P Funding

  1. Dear John

    It is against my better judgement to post to Socon, it seems that the only time you get any comments is when I object to your ultra right-wing views.

    Still, it is important to comment on your posts so that your ‘followers’ know that your views are strongly opposed by others.

    We live in a democracy. That means that people are allowed to express their opinions, no matter how destructive. There are limits on what people can say, but you are very careful not to push these limits.

    Having said that, I am amazed at how wrong headed and twisted your comments are. You are consistently argumentative, you have a one-track line of argument and you have no interest in discerning the truth.

    You unquestionably write with a political agenda. This agenda is opposed to equal rights for women. It also stands in opposition to Gospel values, especially the preferential option for the poor.

    You are an intelligent man who is set on misleading people who for a variety of reasons are unable to discern the nuances of the human condition.

    Your letter to minister Oda is simply an attempt to get more readership. I am sure that you have noticed that there have been no comments on your blog for some time.

    You obviously have the right to write what you want. However, you have shown no responsibility for displaying a balanced perspective. In this you are certainly abusing the rights you enjoy to express your opinion.

    The only way to counter this is, from time to time, to stand in opposition to your irresponsible comments.

    I am not writing this to change your mind – that is impossible. I am writing today to act as a witness to your shameful comments.

    It is unfortunate that you do so little good in the world. You have the ability to write and to think, but you spend all your free time trying to tear down and slander.

    Because of this you have become a non-player. Outside of your small group of followers, you lack credibility. It is unfortunate, but you are doing absolutely nothing to help the poor and dispossessed of this world. It is also unfortunate that people have to spend valuable time in responding to your ill advised posts.

    I know this will bring on comments, which I know is what you want. I know you will write another impassioned response. I don’t like encouraging you or your followers, but there are times when it is important to stand in opposition to anti-life advocates like yourself and of course, Lifesite.

    have a good day.

    Paul

  2. Paul,
    You are living in a dream world. Put away the guitar and the kumbaya songs. As far as your participation on this site, you have repeatedly ignored direct questions about your stand on some of the fundamental teachings of the Catholic faith. That in and of itself speaks volumes about your ideology and worldview. And guess what? It’s not Catholic despite your claims to the contrary. My only advice to you is to invest in the purchase of the “Cathecism of the Catholic Faith”, they may even have it at the library if your not willing to spend your money on it.

    As far as your attempts to belittle John, they will fall on deaf ears at this site. Most of the people that read John’s blog realize the personal sacrifice and immense contributions John has made to the unborn, the sanctity of marriage and fidelity to the Catholic faith in Canada. He is truly an example for all Catholics.

    As regards to this blog, it has made more difference then you want to admit. Your repeat visits and your agitation only serve to confirm this.

  3. It is against my better judgement to post to Socon, it seems that the only time you get any comments is when I object to your ultra right-wing views.

    I think you should follow your better judgement in the future…even though you visit this blog quite frequently. Perhaps you are learning something that trudging through socialist backwater didn’t provide you in the past. It’s always refreshing to get different perspectives, I think.

    Still, it is important to comment on your posts so that your ‘followers’ know that your views are strongly opposed by others. We live in a democracy. That means that people are allowed to express their opinions, no matter how destructive. There are limits on what people can say, but you are very careful not to push these limits.

    I say what I think and no power on this earth or under the earth is going to stop me. You should learn what it means to be free.

    Having said that, I am amazed at how wrong headed and twisted your comments are. You are consistently argumentative, you have a one-track line of argument and you have no interest in discerning the truth.

    Funny, I feel the same way about your perspective. But only one of us is right and it’s not you. 🙂

    You unquestionably write with a political agenda. This agenda is opposed to equal rights for women. It also stands in opposition to Gospel values, especially the preferential option for the poor.

    Cut the crap. I support GENUINE rights for women and GENUINE support for the poor. Unless you can point to evidence suggesting the opposite, stop spreading lies.

    You are an intelligent man who is set on misleading people who for a variety of reasons are unable to discern the nuances of the human condition.

    I mislead no one. Development & Peace and its drones, however, are misleading thousands of people in fraudulently claiming to be Catholic. Catholic organizations are not Marxist nor do they enable baby killers.

    Your letter to minister Oda is simply an attempt to get more readership. I am sure that you have noticed that there have been no comments on your blog for some time.

    Actually, my blog is quite popular. Most of my readers don’t comment. They just read. You’d be surprised how many visitors I do get and from what quarters. Development & Peace about 5 times a day, the Archdiocese of Ottawa, Archdiocese of Toronto, CCCB, the Vatican, CBC, Parliament Hill, Salt & Light, and the list goes on and on….

    You obviously have the right to write what you want. However, you have shown no responsibility for displaying a balanced perspective. In this you are certainly abusing the rights you enjoy to express your opinion.

    I abuse nothing. I utilize the tools in my power to expose the fraudulent organization which you belong to. You support an organization that enables the baby killers. The only balance that is required with that is to tip it over. Jesus wasn’t interested in finding balance with the Money Changers.

    The only way to counter this is, from time to time, to stand in opposition to your irresponsible comments.

    With what precisely? You don’t have anything of substance to say.

    I am not writing this to change your mind – that is impossible. I am writing today to act as a witness to your shameful comments.

    A witness? Do you know what a witness is? A witness is someone who gives testimony to the truth. That’s not you, Mr. McGuire. You are not interested in the truth. If you were, you would have long conceded how incompatible D&P’s heinous activitiies are with Catholic teaching.

    It is unfortunate that you do so little good in the world. You have the ability to write and to think, but you spend all your free time trying to tear down and slander.

    Slander? No. Slander involves false allegations. What I have reported has been the truth. As for tearing down…that’s not such a bad thing if the edifice is rotten.

    Because of this you have become a non-player. Outside of your small group of followers, you lack credibility.

    My friend, credibility is a function of the truth. None of what I have written about D&P has been false. I have many enemies and many faults, it is true, but credibility is not one of them. As for being a non-player, that’s up to God. If you think I care about “success” how you judge it, you don’t know who you are talking to.

    It is unfortunate, but you are doing absolutely nothing to help the poor and dispossessed of this world.

    And how would you know how many poor people I help? Do you know my charitable giving? Or perhaps you are deluded enough to think that unless a Catholic gives through D&P, they don’t do their part to alleviate poverty. You need to get off of the Koolaid and learn that there is indeed life outside of the D&P cult.

    It is also unfortunate that people have to spend valuable time in responding to your ill advised posts.

    You don’t have to spend any time at all, Mr. McGuire. Just stop visiting this site and be off on your merry way. Sooner or later, however, you’ll learn about changes to D&P from the official channels.

    I know this will bring on comments, which I know is what you want. I know you will write another impassioned response. I don’t like encouraging you or your followers, but there are times when it is important to stand in opposition to anti-life advocates like yourself and of course, Lifesite.

    have a good day.

    Development & Peace, as it is currently constituted, is going down. You can count on that. When that day comes, what joy there will be in heaven and on earth.

    For the imposter has been exposed and the persecuter of the “least of these” has been thrown down.

  4. A question for Paul, and a question for John.

    My email is kelly.wilson@live.ca if you wish to answer there.

    Paul, what is encompassed under “equal rights for women.” I would like to think of myself as supporting “equal rights for women,” but if that languages encompasses the right to have an abortion, well that’s something that I think is not only morally objectionable, but legally is something that should be prevented.

    John, when you refer to excessive administrative costs of D&P, can you be more specific? My impression was that the percentage of donations that go to D&P’s administration is remarkably small (in the single-digit percentages).

    Thanks to you both.

  5. Hi Kelly,

    You’re absolutely correct about women’s rights. Every authentic Catholic believes in equal rights for women, whereby “rights” are defined (for both men and women) as remaining within the sphere of God’s will for humanity as taught by the Church. Anything outside that is not real freedom but license.

    Take care.

  6. Paul,

    You never address the issues surrounding D&P and your latest comment contains no substance about John’s “misleading” writing. Can you please point out an example, for the sake of your own reputation?

  7. Kelly, I think you bring up a good question. Development and Peace works for women throughout the Global South. Women are the main family wage earners in most of the world. If you support women, you support families and especially children. Women have been a focus for our work for over 40 years. We are very proud of the work we do in this area.

    We do not support abortion. Steve, I have addressed these questions many times on this site. I have written about the work of the bishops delegation to mexico and i have written about the findings of the CCCB which declared the original Lifesite allegations as untrue. Steve you are a lazy writer.

    I think it is important to address Catholic Social Teaching. There is a vast body of writing that establishes the Church’s teachings in this area. The main building block of CST is respect for the person. This teaching governs all that D&P does with respect to people in the Global South.

    You can read more at http://www.osjspm.org/catholic_social_teaching.aspx a good site

    This writing cannot be denied or disregarded as ‘guitar and the kumbaya’ orientated. (Andy what are you smoking?)

    Catholic Social Teaching encompasses the writing of popes and Church leaders and it spans over the past 200 years.

    We adhere to catholic Social Teachings, we always have.

    As for the budget item, John your figures are correct, but you have misread ‘administration’

    Development and Peace structures its budget this way:

    up to 70% for International Programs

    15% for education programs in canada

    15% for communications, advancement, governance AND administration – I have worked on these budgets for years and you are trying to mislead people – you are.

    Finally, I would like to announce that if there is concern over the budget of D&P, you can always donate to me for Development and Peace. I am very excited to say that I fasted for 24 hours for Development and Peace and I have raised $340.00 for the poor of the Global South.

    John, I have read your previous posts where you bridled at my accusation that you do nothing for the poor. Here is your chance – i would be honoured to receive a donation from you and your followers. Just go to http://my.e2rm.com/personalPage.aspx?registrationID=833856&LangPref=en-CA and make a donation.

    This would be greatly appreciated and would show all readers that there are no ill feelings between us – just healthy debate.

    I hope I provided some further explanation for you Kelly. If not, please let me know – I will be more than happy to reply to your concerns

    Paul

  8. Development and Peace works for women throughout the Global South. Women are the main family wage earners in most of the world. If you support women, you support families and especially children. Women have been a focus for our work for over 40 years. We are very proud of the work we do in this area.

    Many of the partners you fund are feminist pro-abort groups as the evidence clearly shows. Simply repeating the same old mantra without addressing the specific evidence arrayed against D&P does not help your case, Paul. Speaking in generalities which are false, by the way, does not help your case on this Blog. Speak TO the evidence, not around it, over it, under it, or beside it.

    We do not support abortion. Steve, I have addressed these questions many times on this site. I have written about the work of the bishops delegation to mexico and i have written about the findings of the CCCB which declared the original Lifesite allegations as untrue. Steve you are a lazy writer.

    What you have written is only as good as the evidence behind it. And the bishops’ report has been thoroughly discredited — even by the admission of Archbishop Currie. If it hasn’t been, why is a Committee now charged with reviewing your whole mandate and which will eventually mean a complete change in your orientation, Paul? Please, we’re not fools. D&P, as it is currently constituted, is finished. It may take 10-20 years to finally extricate itself, but the time clock has started.

    No one believes that D&P would give a dime to organizations which advocated for racism. Yet, abortion gets a free pass. That’s what proves your duplicity and hypocrisy. You should be ashamed of yourself.

    I think it is important to address Catholic Social Teaching. There is a vast body of writing that establishes the Church’s teachings in this area. The main building block of CST is respect for the person. This teaching governs all that D&P does with respect to people in the Global South. You can read more at http://www.osjspm.org/catholic_social_teaching.aspx a good site. Catholic Social Teaching encompasses the writing of popes and Church leaders and it spans over the past 200 years. We adhere to catholic Social Teachings, we always have.

    Paul, Catholic social teaching does not include promoting radical feminism, Marxism, or abortion and contraception. Check the Catechism and some basic moral theology.

    As for the budget item, John your figures are correct, but you have misread ‘administration’. Development and Peace structures its budget this way:
    up to 70% for International Programs
    15% for education programs in canada
    15% for communications, advancement, governance AND administration – I have worked on these budgets for years and you are trying to mislead people – you are.

    Spare me. I am a financial professional who once also served as the Director of Finance for a charity. One of my jobs was to fill out this return. I know what I am talking about. Adminstration and Management is exactly what it sounds like. Now, if you are saying that D&P filled out its return incorrectly, then perhaps we should ask CRA to investigate. Or maybe I should start asking for detailed information under the Access to Information Act. Better yet, why not allow me to come in and do my own value-for-money audit? I’ll need a week. What do you say?

    Finally, I would like to announce that if there is concern over the budget of D&P, you can always donate to me for Development and Peace. I am very excited to say that I fasted for 24 hours for Development and Peace and I have raised $340.00 for the poor of the Global South. John, I have read your previous posts where you bridled at my accusation that you do nothing for the poor. Here is your chance – i would be honoured to receive a donation from you and your followers. Just go to http://my.e2rm.com/personalPage.aspx?registrationID=833856&LangPref=en-CA and make a donation.

    On Monday I delivered some groceries to a young woman who had been sexually assaulted, and is as poor as a church mouse. Yesterday, my wife shelled out $200 cash to an aquaintance who was having a tough time feeding her kids. That’s been my part for women’s emancipation and hunger relief for the week. This does not include the Pacheco family’s international programs, either. I prefer to direct my social justice to places I know where real social justice is going on. And that does not include turning over my money to people who see no problem in giving to abortion-pushing organizations. It will be a cold day in hell before I donate to D&P.

    On the other hand, perhaps you can explain what you have done for the pro-life cause in the past year?

    This would be greatly appreciated and would show all readers that there are no ill feelings between us – just healthy debate.

    Anyone who knowingly supports or directly enables pro-abort organizations is an enemy of Christ and the Church, Paul.

    Repent.

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