D&P members have launched a petition letter to their Executive. Check it out here. Socon or Bust responds below:
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE is defined as a democratic movement for international solidarity. It supports partners in the South. The organization draws its strength from its 13,000 members in Canada and nurtures their commitment to support the poor in their struggle for justice in the countries of the “South”. 60 000 donors support projects to support social movements with whom DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE is a partner in many countries. Last year the collection brought in nearly $ 38 million.
As supporters, we want to instill the hope, strength and solidarity that is necessary to not let you deviate from this path and be intimidated or paralyzed by the devious and misleading attacks of fundamentalist movements seeking Conservative support in Episcopate Canada.
Right-o. This is not a matter of being “conservative”. This is a matter of respecting human life within the womb. If you refuse to address the issue, then there’s really not much to talk about.
The current crisis of DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE has sown disarray among its employees and poisoned the working atmosphere.
Why would it have “poisoned” the working atmosphere? It’s no poison that was injected, but rather a little bit of truth and tonic to disabuse D&P members and employees that they are doing the Lord’s work — which they are not.
Silence merely postpones and exacerbates the problem from one year to the next. We recognize as you do the orientation given to our organization by the Populorum Progressio of Paul VI on the development of peoples are out of favor in some of the world episcopate, and the guidelines of Vatican II are often put on hold, or are directly questioned by Vatican authorities.
Where did Vatican II give you the right to enable pro-abort groups? Have you lost your minds?
In this context, saving time by playing diplomatic games with bishops who have sworn the death of DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE is bringing us nowhere.
The bishops have not sworn the death of Development & Peace. Provide the evidence or retract.
We do not doubt your laudable efforts you take to keep our ship afloat, but you need the strong support of these 68 000 donors, supporters, and the 13,000 members who make up the organization and allow it to act .
You’re yesterday’s pseudo-church. Young Catholics are with the pro-life movement. Get with the program.
The recalcitrant bishops in Toronto, Ottawa, Pembroke, among others may well want to divert donations from members for their projects, but nothing prevents us from receiving these donations through electronic means that have been smartly created. The position of these bishops represent only a fraction of believers, and you are aware that people are far from being in agreement with some pastors on issues as important as the promotion of human rights , especially the issues of women, militarism, and social justice. The dioceses are not large estates run by authoritarian rulers, they are composed of free people who adhere to the gospel. We must rely on these people and inform them about the crisis that hit us.
By all means, if you want to break away from the Sunday collections in Catholic parishes and other venues, please, please be my guest!
We are calling upon you to support our members and the people that are attached to the fundamental value of social justice; to put aside the fear to face the political conservatism that plagues our society and our churches. Please believe that we will support you against these headwinds to continue to collectively support the poor and vulnerable in the South, and to give hope to those who need it most.
Why not give hope to the poor and the unborn? Or is that so difficult for you to do? You’re not devoted to the poor. You’re devoted to an ideology which includes, at the very least, being ambivalent to the destruction of unborn life. If you were not so, you would have no problem with the Reform that is now taking place. You betray yourselves to your materialistic, Marxist ideology.