Courtesy of my favourite TV Station: Salt + Light.
The central allegation against Development & Peace was that they were funding pro-abortion groups and that the donations received from faithful Canadian Catholics, in turn, helped enable these groups to promote abortion in the Global South. Not too long ago, Cardinal Justin Rigali, commenting on the socialization of American health care, also brought up the argument against funding pro-abortion forces with Catholic money, which is also at the heart of the problem of funding Development & Peace’s pro-abortion partners. He even mentions the word “fungible”:
Members of a House committee then endorsed the Capps Amendment that allows for indirect funding of abortions — whereby the public sends money to the government that, in turn, pays for abortions. In a followup letter in August, Cardinal Rigali rejected this approach, saying, “Funds paid into these plans are fungible, and federal taxpayer funds will subsidize the operating budget and provider networks that expand access to abortion.” (Source)
According to the reporter in the video clip above, Archbishop Weisgerber stated:
“…the events in the past year involving Development & Peace are an opportunity to renew and mandate that organization…Development & Peace has shown themselves willing to co-operate in this and already looking at their partnerships in different countries to analyze them and see how they can work better.” (1:10-1:38)
And now we finally see a glimmer of light…
CORNWALL, October 19, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) In his remarks at the opening of the Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), outgoing CCCB President Archbishop James Weisgerber addressed the controversy over the CCCB international development arm, Development and Peace. The matter will be discussed at length in private sessions over the week of meetings.
In his official President’s report, Archbishop Weisgerber said: “Development and Peace has clearly indicated that it wishes to respond to new questions and concerns, and is already reviewing the effectiveness of its contractual arrangements with other groups, its surveillance of the projects that it financially assists, as well as its financial mechanisms for ensuring cooperation and communication with local Bishops and other Episcopal Conferences.”
He added: “Assisted by the recent Encyclical, we have this week a unique opportunity, together with all the Church in Canada, for renewing, remandating and ‘revisioning’ Development and Peace.”
Referring again to the Pope’s encyclical Caritas in Veritate, Weisgerber said, “This vision of the integrity and dignity of human life provides the basis for our reflections during this Plenary on Development and Peace.”
Also to be discussed at the meetings in closed session are “the leadership role of Bishops in life issues” and “blogs and websites”.
This report gives me great hope. Here are the points of interest:
1. Matter will be discussed at length in private sessions….
Translation: “It will be made clear to all the bishops that it is necessary to tell the truth in the future, and avoid claiming there is no elephant in the room.”
2. Ensuring cooperation and communication with local Bishops…
Translation: “No money goes to any group without the permission of the local bishop”…per Archbishop Collins’s condition for the Archdiocese of Toronto’s participation.
3. Renewing, remandating, and revisioning Development & Peace…
Translation: “Clean out the pro-abort, pro-condom, anti-Catholic rot in your funding formulas, boys. Get your heads screwed on right and think about the unborn…for a change.”
4. Closed session for a) the leadership role of Bishops in life issues and b) “blogs and websites”…
a) Translation: “We bishops need to wake up and smell the coffee on the life issues. Maybe we’ll all grab a clue and show up for next year’s March for Life in Ottawa to show Catholics in a TANGIBLE AND SACRAMENTAL WAY that we will actually MOVE to defend the sanctity of human life.”
b) Translation: “Give LifeSiteNews a gold star for their valiant and faithful reporting which just might have saved tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of lives. And send Guido to shut down Socon or Bust.”
Have a cigar and some champagne, everyone, I think we’re on our way, but let us not let our guard down.