Many faithful Catholics in Canada are frustrated and upset over the ongoing support of the Canadian Bishops of pro-abort groups in the Global South through their official development and aid agency, Development and Peace. No doubt the cash transfers every month are really starting to pay off in terms of advancing the pro-abortion and anti-Catholic agenda. I’m sure they are proud of themselves. In fact, self-congratulations among the bureaucrats of Development & Peace and the bishops is much more of a common occurrence than a little bit of self critique of what the. hell. they. are. doing.
To date, there has been no admission of the facts about their pro-abortion sponsorship. It’s been all about recycling…or refreshing…or reflecting….or renewing themselves…or some other stupid psycho-babble. Every “R” word in the dictionary except repentance.
Canada’s Catholic Bishops could very well be one of the biggest financiers of the push to legalize abortion in the Global South. Isn’t that a hoot? And all this time, we pro-lifers had this very quaint idea of who our opponents were…you know…the feminists, the socialists, the government, the culture at large, yadyadayada. The lines and boxes were all so neat and tidy. Us vs. them. But the truth is rarely so clean. The fact is that the real problem in the abortion war is…..uh….THE CANADIAN CHURCH.
But hope springs eternal and I have some good news to report on this issue…for a change.
Many of you probably have this impression that Development & Peace is the primary Catholic charity in Canada – at least in terms of its size. After all, they have the endorsement of the Catholic Bishops of the country who put their full weight in drumming up business from us useful idiots in the pews for Development & Peace’s pro-abortion and anti-Catholic partners in the Global South. This is a natural assumption. But the good news is that Development & Peace really does not have the largest support from the Catholic laity after all. A good number of serious Catholics, it turns out, have wised up to the “charity business” involving groups purporting to be Catholic. At this point, I wish to extend my heartfelt apologies to Catholics for calling you all “useful idiots”. Apparently, only some of you are.
Let me explain….
In its 2008 annual report, of its approximately $30 Million in revenues each year, the “total of [D&P’s] fundraising averages about $16 million every year from donors throughout Canada” (p.11). $10M of that money comes from the Share Lent Campaign. The rest of the $14M comes from pro-abortion CIDA, special collections, and other sources.
So in other words, both Development & Peace and Chalice raise the same amount money from donors. But there is a big difference. Development & Peace has the full backing of the Catholic Bishops. Without them, there is no Share Lent Campaign and its $10M pot. And there is no access to the Schools. And, if they were to lose Bishops’ endorsement or if some Bishops started to pull out, they would probably lose some of their monthly donors too. We all know what would happen to Development & Peace if they were to try and compete for the charity dollar in the real world without the backing of the Catholic bishops, don’t we? They would fold like a cheap deck of cards because very few people would support them.
Development & Peace is like the CBC: neither of them would ever survive without massive subsidies from the church/government bureaucracies. If they were to try and do so, they’d flop. That’s why whenever their funding is threatened, they flap around like desperate chickens, knowing, as we all do, that the end would be near. They know – like we all know – that if they were forced to sell their product in the “free market”, they wouldn’t survive past a few months. They’d go belly up.