D&P Attacks The Catholic Church

As many Socon or Bust know very well by now (how could you not, I’ve been hammering this topic almost every day for past month!), Development & Peace is funding pro-abortion groups in the Global South.  Three dozen of them in 20 or so countries on 3 continents…and that’s only what we know of.  You know what happens to an onion when you start to pick at it right? Two things:  tears and a lot of unravelling.  Same deal here, I fear.

But this story is not just about abortion propaganda or the condom distribution centres or the condom bottles or reproductive “rights” or gender “re-education” courses or the rest of the contraptions and programs of the culture of death and dismemberment.  That’s certainly the main scandal in the story, but not the only one.

Here is another angle that really needs to be understood and appreciated.  I call it the “Useful Idiot Guide to Attacking the Catholic Church”, as in, we were the useful idiots who were guided into supporting Dismemberment and Pieces’s anti-Catholic partners.

In political jargon, the term “useful idiot” was used to describe Soviet sympathizers in western countries and the attitude of the Soviet government towards them. The implication was that though the person in question naïvely thought themselves an ally of the Soviets or other Communists, they were actually held in contempt by them, and being cynically used.

It’s not exact situation we have here in Canada, but it’s not too far off.  You see, not only have we been funding pro-abortion groups, we have been funding groups which are directly attacking the Catholic Church, and in particular, the Church in the Global South.  Hence the appropriate moniker, “useful idiot”.  In other words, these groups take Catholic money and then use that money to attack the Catholic Church, its beleagured bishops and lay faithful in the Global South who are on the front lines opposing abortion. 

After they take our money and apply it to the pro-abortion propaganda machine, they laugh at us and rightly consider us their useful idiots.  Here’s a few examples:

Exhibit A 

LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) has learned that a pro-abortion NGO that is going head-to-head with East Timor’s Catholic bishops in an effort to legalize abortion in the strongly Catholic country, is funded by the Canadian Catholic bishop’s official development arm, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (D&P)….Early last month the second International Women for Peace conference took place in East Timor, a country where upwards of 95% of residents are Catholic. At the conclusion of the conference, participants produced a list of recommendations, including one that said that abortion should be legalized in cases of incest and sexual abuse…also reported that the push to legalize abortion by Fokupers was creating a firestorm of controversy in the Catholic country. The Catholic bishops from the Dili and Baucau dioceses reportedly wrote in early March to the Timor-Leste Council of Ministers, the council responsible for making the country’s laws, urging them to keep abortion illegal in all circumstances. (Source)

Exhibit B

PERU, April 15, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Canadian Catholic bishops’ international aid organization, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP), is funding an international organization in Peru that includes pro-abortion groups, and that republishes their pro-abortion statements in its website, LifeSiteNews has learned. In addition, the group denounces the Catholic bishops of the Dominican Republic for their “intervention” in “government affairs”.The group, which is called the Latin American Coordinator of Rural Organizations (Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Organizaciones del Campo – CLOC) displays a “Manifesto of Women’s Organizations for the Eighth of March,” which was signed by CLOC itself, on its website.  The statement claims that the “high rate of abortions done under clandestine, unhealthy, and risky conditions, constitutes a public health problem that is being treated with insensitivity by not adopting current legislation to depenalize abortion at least in cases of incest, rape, and the life of women.” (Source)

Exhibit C

PUEBLA, April 22, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Mexican organization funded by the Canadian Catholic bishops through the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (D&P), the bishops’ official international development arm, helps women to obtain legal permission for abortions, promotes the depenalization of abortion, opposes pro-life legislation, and has called for the United Nations to revoke the Vatican’s diplomatic status, LifeSiteNews (LSN) has learned. The group, known as the Comaletzin Rural Feminist Interregional Coordinator (La Coordinadora Interregional Feminista Rural Comaletzin, or simply “Comaletzin”), received $32,000 from Development and Peace in the 2007-2008 year.  It is headquartered in the state of Puebla, where it promotes a radical feminist agenda that includes advocating for abortion-on-demand. (Source)

Exhibit D

In the Women’s Theatre Program (WTP) of the PETA, theatre is an artistic medium that eventually became our weapon in the face of relatively conservative political and religious influences. Women’s issues have historically been invisible in our culture…they have been considered sensitive and private matters. We use theatre to present political commentaries about women’s situations and conditions in the Philippines. We explore issues like violence against women, prostitution and trafficking, poverty, reproductive rights, and globalization, and forge partnerships with other groups (governmental, nongovernmental, and people’s organizations)… Talking about the politics of the body makes women confront their image of self and their beliefs about their own sexuality. Because women create an image of themselves from their image of their bodies, addressing the issue of body politics involves getting in touch with the self. Talking about it is the first step in reclaiming the body.” (Source)

How long do you think we will continue to be the useful idiots for these anti-Catholic groups and abortion pushers?

For at least another six weeks…if not much, much longer.


6 thoughts on “D&P Attacks The Catholic Church

  1. There’s nothing wrong with criticism and thorough investigation – kudos for that – but, respectfully, I think you’re starting to tilt into anti-feminist paranoia here. Take the Philippine theatre, for example. You don’t seem to be able to link them to the abortion agenda, let alone an anti-religious one. (Unless you’re suggesting that ALL Catholicism is conservative.) I see from their website that they’ve received a Catholic award from a Philippine group, so presumably the church in the global south would also count among your supposed “useful idiots.”

  2. I agree that there is nothing wrong with criticism from both sides. However ill informed criticism can be detrimental to people within those countries. I was at the Second International Conference – “Women for Peace” Dili, Timor Leste. I have lived in Timor Leste previously for 6 years, I have watched and importantly listened to what has been happening to families in particular Timorese women over the years. General statistics of who is and isn’t Catholic in that country is not a valid augment when women and their families are suffering. The voices of these strong and respectful women in relation to the Catholic Church Bishops has been respectful in their “plea” for their rights to be heard, their suffering to be heard. Those women who bravely speak out are women who see the disaster of a home abortion, women die and families loose their loved ones for many reasons. Timorese women are not alone in suffering, however they have suffered and sacrificed much to be free to self determine their own destiny. To deny their right to passionately “plea” for understanding is doctorial. Catholic Bishops and priests all over the world respond differently depending on their countries needs. Bishop Belo from Timor Leste had the incite to agree that condoms do protect people who are deemed at high risk and that already if one member of the family is HIV positive as in a partner then Condoms will assist in protecting the other partner so that their sexual lives are as gratifying in a marriage or relationship as any other partnership. Please open your mind a little and visit the south and hear from women and their families before condoning rhetoric, the Catholic Church does change opinions through empathy and understanding, through forgiveness and facilitation of strength to each person that chooses to follow. Criticism and change is necessary for the cultural following of any religion/belief if it does not change then that is not culture it is a dictatorship of dogma and oppression.


  3. D&P = Duped & Persecuted – (us that is)

    That’s also what the Canadian Church will be even more, and likely continue to be, as will the World’s poor and developing peoples, unless lay people and faithful and aware clergy, everywhere, rise up and really hold our bishop’s and Church accountable. How many will still have their head in the sand–thinking this issue is isolated to only Mexico?

    I think it would also be especially naive to think that no one, not only in leadership at D&P, certainly, but also that some of the bishop’s close to D&P did not know this kind of thing was being fronted by their partners around the world.

    The action as well as non-action by Bishops in Canada regarding D&P in the coming days and weeks will speak volumes.

    Don’t just Stay, Pray, and Pay.

    But “Do Justice Love Kindness and walk humbly with the Lord your God” Jesus Christ says: “Follow me” It’s not only that simple but also that hard! Pray for all in the church especially our bishops, priests and religious. We need true and faithful witnesses to Christ!

    The people in Mexico and the world especially those most affected (lest we forget: the Unborn!) need Justice to be the end result of this persecution by our own CCODP – an official arm of the Canadian Catholic Bishops- and the Catholic church in Canada. We owe these people not only a formal apology – but also a very significant penance in the form of major dollars to fund PRO-LIFE + PRO-FAMILY partners especially where money to help the poor has gone to work to kill them! This money should come directly out of Development & Peace’s operating budget. This should be done before another penny is sent to any of their “partners.”

    This is a complete betrayal. Negligence comes to mind. As does misappropriation of funds and to put it bluntly FRAUD on a massively and morally corrupt level, what we’re hearing lately is sick enough but don’t kid yourself it has been going on for a sickly number of years!

    We must all do our part to hold Catholic Bishop’s, as well as the Clergy and D&P leadership responsible, accountable for this and hold any such “Catholic” organisations true to the Catholic Faith and morals as passed down to us by the Apostles which they received from Christ our Lord. Truth Himself!

    Write your Bishop! Write them all, and humbly PRAY to the Lord that the evil that lurks in our Church, our dioceses, related offices, societies, all manner of organisational bodies within the Church: schools, groups, institutes, associations, religious orders and organisations be exposed and rebuked! Remember the Prayer of St. Michael, and ask for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe!

    The Lord himself has warned us: OUR ENEMIES WILL BE OF OUR OWN HOUSEHOLD!

    Contact information for all Cdn. Bishops:


    Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
    2500 Don Reid Drive
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1H 2J2
    E-mail: cecc@cccb.ca
    Phone: (613) 241-9461
    Fax: (613) 241-9048

    Ora et Labora!


  4. Hey RevDave,
    It’s not about conservative Catholicism versus liberal Catholicism. These political labels are irrelevant. You are either Catholic or you are not. You can’t just pick and choose what you want to believe. It is one thing to sin and then repent and seek the Lord’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of Confession. But it is another thing to reject outright what the Church teaches, but still feel that you have a right to the resources of the Church. In other words, money collected from hard working parishoners. D&P has been doing this with impunity for years, right under the noses of the Bishops.

    There is no way that any Bishop worth his salt would ever suggest that condoms should be used to protect his or her partner from aids. First of all, the Church teaches that sexual relations belong within marriage only. Secondly, since it has been proven that condoms are not 100% effective in preventing the transmission of the HIV virus, any person with the virus would be putting his or her sexual partner/s at serious risk. Can anyone ever imagine the pope saying, “well you know, there is a 98.2% chance that your partner won’t contract the aids virus if you use a condom, so yeah, go right ahead Jim.” The Church teaches that those with aids must respect the right to life of those with whom they chose to have sex. This cannot be accomplished with a condom. While it is certainly a very difficult cross to bear, abstinence is the only option in these cases. What you are advocating Leanne, would lead to what the Pope has called a ‘dictatorship of relativism.’

    The two of you need to figure whose side you are on, otherwise you risk joining the useful idiot side of the spectrum.

  5. If the political labels are indeed irrelevant, than it would seem pointless to attack the theatre for criticizing “conservative religion,” since the theatre itself would seem to have wandered off into the same territory of irrelevance.

    I know precisely what area of the “spectrum” I fall within. Catholic organizations – and any other organizations, for that matter – absolutely have the right to be sexist or out of touch with reality, and I absolutely have the right to point it out when they are. We’ll simply have to disagree on some things, of course, because I don’t see anywhere in the teachings of Jesus anything about Sacraments of Confession and so on.

    Of course, I’m not Catholic, so that’s where the source of those disagreements come from.

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