D&P Sending Haiti Earthquake Funds to Pro-Abort Group

HAITI, August 18, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development & Peace (D&P) is using funds collected for Haiti’s post-earthquake emergency relief effort to give an extra boost to at least one of their pro-abortion partners in the country.

The information surfaced in a report by the Catholic Register’s Michael Swan at the end of July, and was highlighted by John Pacheco at his SoCon or Bust blog.

D&P programs officer Debra Bucher told Swan that D&P is using their current partnerships in Haiti to take a long-term approach in rebuilding the country.  “Our specialty is not emergency relief where we go and buy 20,000 tents and feed 500,000 people for three months,” she said. “Our forte is in the partnerships we have with local organizations. Our forte is much more in the area of reconstruction.”

D&P collected $20 million from Catholics in the months after the earthquake.  Much of the funds have been given to Caritas Haiti for much-needed emergency relief, providing things like food, health care, shelter, and clean water.  D&P is also supporting agriculture programs, and helping religious groups set up schools and orphanages.

But Swan also reported that D&P has allocated some of the funds to a partner called Femme Desidé, which is a women’s “rights” group that has advocated the depenalization of abortion.  Swan’s article indicates D&P is specifically supporting the group’s effort to employ women in planting saplings.

Last March LSN reported that on its website, Femme Deside offers a PowerPoint presentation explaining the activities of the group, which include “organizing days of reflection and sensitization on the advancement of the state of women,” including one scheduled for September 17 on the “depenalization of abortion”

It is unclear whether Kay Fanm, another pro-abortion D&P partner in Haiti, is also receiving extra funding.

Controversy has swirled around the Canadian bishops’ development arm since at least the spring of 2009, when LifeSiteNews began reporting on D&P’s support for projects undertaken by groups that advocate abortion and other causes contrary to Church teaching.  The Canadian bishops are currently reviewing the organization and are expected to discuss its future at their upcoming plenary assembly in October. 

D&P’s support for pro-abortion organizations does not appear to be explained by a lack of groups aligned with Church teaching in the Third World.  A representative of the much larger Catholic Relief Services, D&P’s American counterpart, told LifeSiteNews in April 2009 that CRS has no problem finding good Catholic groups to support.

“I can’t stress how large and how valuable the work that the Catholic Church, and the Christian churches do in the developing world. It’s huge,” said Tom Price, CRS’s senior communications manager.  Price noted, for example, that the Catholic Church cares for a quarter of the world’s AIDS victims.

LifeSiteNews did not hear back from Development and Peace by press time.

37 thoughts on “D&P Sending Haiti Earthquake Funds to Pro-Abort Group

  1. I don’t understand why anyone ever gives any money at all to Development and Peace. Unless, of course, they would like to push abortion and contraception on foreigners.

  2. And – I don’t understand why anyone pays any attention to you. You are a parasite – you produce nothing and you live off the good work of others.

  3. Hey Paul: You are calling people “parasites” who, until recent revelations of the controversy, gave money to D&P? You and your careerist colleagues live off other peoples charity. Who, then, is the parasite?

    You do realize that every time you come to this blog and have a hissy fit you simply defeat yourself and expose D&P to be composed of individuals contemptuous of faithful Catholics.

    D&P is an enemy of the Roman Catholic Church, a parasite operating within and, as such, must be expunged.

    The clock is ticking…

  4. So sad, that folks think it is a Charitable Act to Take the Life of An Unborn Baby, so they don’t have to give again. That is PURE EVIL. And, it is MURDER> God Notes Every Gift of LIFE – That is Snuffed OUT BY OTHERS. Our world is not going to go unpunished for such a Travesty. Dear God: Please Stop Abortion – NOW! Thank U.

  5. Sorry, wrong again. I don’t work for D&P, just one of the thousands of people across this country who are members of this wonderful movement.

    By the way TH2(what is that??). What do you mean by the ‘clock is ticking…’? Threats can (and should) get you into loads of legal trouble. Grow up!

  6. Mr. McGuire,

    Why don’t you tell people the TRUTH about your SPECIFIC involvement with D&P? You’re not “just” one of the “thousands of people”.

    You are on (or were on) the Board of Directors. I know. I have a letter from you in that capacity.

    So, Mr. McGuire, what are your thoughts of the avalanche of school closures coming in the next few years. Would you care to share your thoughts on how you think it’s going to affect the teaching profession. But more importantly, perhaps you can tell us why all of these schools are closing? Here’s a hint: there’s no more kids.

  7. Paul: The clock means the passage of time, the fading away of the hippy, self-absorbed, we-are-the-world, babybooming, neo-Marxist, social justice careerists (like the “wonderful movement” that is the D&P) who have decimated the Church in the last 4+ decades.

    tick tock tick tock tick tock…

    Have a nice day.

  8. Pacheo, you are nuts! Yes, I was on National Council. I am now a proud member, just like 10,000 other canadians.

    I bet you wish you had a following as large as that – you don’t. Just TH2 – weird name buddy, Susan and Steve. Maybe they are ALL in your basement!!

    As for school closures – why do you care? Should I start commenting on the real estate market? I guess that is your line. How do you ever get any work done when you are constantly filling the internet with your crazy posts???

    TH2 – you really need a better hobby

  9. Why is it that you always resort to name calling, Paul?

    You’re suppose to be an educated adult and a role model. Why can’t you just discuss the complaints made against D&P in a polite, intelligent manner? You have had every opportunity. Yet you don’t. Why is that Paul?

  10. Pacheo, you are nuts! Yes, I was on National Council. I am now a proud member, just like 10,000 other canadians.

    Precisely. In the interests of transparency, I ask you to please present yourself as someone who held an official position with D&P when the scandal broke. To say that you are just one of “10,000” other Canadians who support D&P is not entirely accurate, is it? You have been much more than just “a member”. It’s not in D&P’s culture to be completely forthcoming, but on this blog, we’ll smoke it out of you whether you care to offer it or not. 🙂

    I bet you wish you had a following as large as that – you don’t. Just TH2 – weird name buddy, Susan and Steve. Maybe they are ALL in your basement!!

    I’m not interested in a following. I’m interested in the truth and being faithful to Catholic moral and social principles. If that means being unpopular with the social justice drones or even a majority of the church, frankly, I couldn’t give a rat’s ass. Anyone who knows anything about me, knows that. Unlike you, Mr. McGuire, I don’t believe this is a popularity contest. Jesus did not die because he was a popular figure — quite the opposite actually. And of course His saints and martyrs were not much liked in their day either. I’m no saint, but I’ve got the correct disposition towards “popularity”. I don’t seek your approval…or any man’s for that matter. I’ll speak the truth – in and out of season – even if I shed blood to do it.

    As for school closures – why do you care? Should I start commenting on the real estate market? I guess that is your line.

    My point is that the culture of death that you are enabling and turning a blind-eye to is now coming down hard on your profession, as it is with all of us. You seem completely oblivious to the fact that the condom and abortion mentality that D&P fosters actually has a direct impact on your own profession and livelihood.

    http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/nov/09111011.html

    How do you ever get any work done when you are constantly filling the internet with your crazy posts???

    Most of my posts hardly take a lot of time to compose. And for the past month, it’s been rather sparse if you haven’t noticed. Then again, keeping up with D&P’s crimes against humanity would normally require a full time staff of 10 people.

    I also don’t fill my head with useless TV or Che, or foster gender, social, and political revolutions in Central America. That helps a bit.

  11. Paul, I do not appreciate you insulting Mr. Pacheco. Is that typical behaviour of people who are “members of” Developemnt and Peace? I certainly hope not. If you have an argument or counter-argument, then express it in an adult, respectful manner. If you have facts of your own you wish to present in support of your argument, then fine. Please do not insult Mr. Pacheco with name-calling.

  12. It seems to fit the level of discourse on this blog. Don’t try the holier than thou stuff with me. This blog routinely shows a great deal of disrespect for institutions doing important work. St. Joe’s, Development and Peace, CCCB, ICE the list could go on and on.

    As for information, please see the latest video from D&P. This is the work we are doing. This is the kind of work that you like to cut to pieces:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fanpWsICE2A

  13. Oh please, stop it. There is no “disrespect” shown for legitimate Christian charity.

    The “disrespect” comes in when the organizations you mentioned undermine and pervert the Catholic Faith and morality.

    In your responses, you never, ever interact with the evidence or the criticism, for obvious reasons…because quite frankly admitting the evidence concedes that some repentance is required.

    But that’s OK, because change to D&P is not dependant on you. That’s why “change”, “renewal”, and “recycling” is coming to D&P….whether you like it or not.

    I doubt it will be sufficient to restore basic justice to the unborn, but it will redirect D&P’s current sexual orientation noticeably.

    And, imagine that, all because the basement bloggers wouldn’t buy the bullkaka D&P and its propagandists have been trying to sell these past 18 months.

  14. There is no change coming – at least not the type you envision. You are still in your little dream world. You talk about perversion – you might want to reflect on some of your bizarre attitudes.

    As for answering specific claims – it has all been done – over a year ago. Credible agencies – (CCCB, not you!) have studied the false allegations brought on by Lifesite and have proved them wrong.

    That is all that is necessary.

    By the way, will you be contributing to relief efforts in Pakistan. We would be very happy to accept your donation. We can guarantee that it will go to help people in need in Pakistan.

    I would like to thank you for allowing me to use your blog to advertise the web page we have put together to direct Canadian funds to the people of Pakistan.

    I would urge all of you to click here and donate:

    REMOVED BY MODERATOR

    Peace

  15. I think that before anyone considers giving any money to Development and Peace, they should consider the evidence against doing so. I urge everyone to click here to find out why they should not to donate to Development and Peace:

    http://www.catholic-legate.com/index/dp_abortion.html
    http://www.therosarium.ca/
    http://www.helpersottawa.org/
    http://www.lifesitenews.com/
    http://www.catholic-legate.com/?p=6560

    Personally, I cannot in good conscience give any money to Development and Peace. I urge everyone to make a reasonable effort to find out where their money is going before they fork it over. Because then it’s too late.

    Peace of Christ,

  16. There is no change coming – at least not the type you envision.

    Thanks for that bit of intelligence, Mr. McGuire. By this comment, you appear to be a man still “on the inside” who knows something of the proposals that are forthcoming, and hardly someone who is just “one of ten thousand members”, as you claim.

    If sufficient measures are not put in place and D&P continues to fund pro-abort groups, it will simply mean taking a long view of this struggle and “digging in”, as they say. As I suggested by my earlier rhetorical question to you, the average age of D&P’s membership is rather old. I would guess mid-sixties…and dying off fast. Our side is very young and growing. It doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out who is going to prevail. It’s simply going to take more time.

    D&P (as it is currently constituted and oriented) is dying, Paul, just like the culture of death it has fostered. The only question is the date on the death certificate. If management of D&P were smart, it would cut a deal with the pro-life movement. By keeping up the pro-abort funding, you only give us more of an impetus to, as Emerol says, “kick it up a notch” in taking D&P down.

    For me, personally, it will be a whole new ball game – because it will show me, conclusively, that there is no willingness to address the scandal and no good will either. It won’t be about muzzling D&P or seeking better oversight anymore, it will be all-out war with everything including the kitchen sink being thrown in. Enabling pro-aborts on the Catholic dime? My friend, D&P has just gained for itself a lifelong enemy who will use every and all available moral means to bring it down as hard and fast as I can…because every second that passes is a second closer to the death of hundreds of thousands of unborn children.

    You are still in your little dream world. You talk about perversion – you might want to reflect on some of your bizarre attitudes.

    My attitudes are measured in light of the threats that the unborn child faces at the hands of cold-hearted socialists who have long forgotten the reason for the Gospel. The fact that we prolifers have to fight our own church on something so basic as stopping to fund and enable pro-abortion groups is something out of fantasy. That is what is truly bizarre. But I will tell you this: I don’t live in a “little dream world”. I live in THIS world, and I will use THIS world’s means – material, psychological, social – to oppose D&P to the last.

    As for answering specific claims – it has all been done – over a year ago. Credible agencies – (CCCB, not you!) have studied the false allegations brought on by Lifesite and have proved them wrong. That is all that is necessary.

    Indeed, the claims were so false that the Archdiocese of Toronto had to place severe restrictions on D&P’s mandate for funds received from them.

    NONE of the claims have been answered at all. Straw men were foolishly erected, but were immediately blown away with the truth. What remains to be seen is just how far all of the bishops will go in covering up a lie. At the Plenary Session, we’ll all find out if the rocks cry out.

    By the way, will you be contributing to relief efforts in Pakistan. We would be very happy to accept your donation. We can guarantee that it will go to help people in need in Pakistan.

    Like Haiti, for instance, where the money D&P used went to your pro-abort partners? The same partners who said that they don’t do direct aid but only foster their “partnerships”:

    “Our specialty is not emergency relief where we go and buy 20,000 tents and feed 500,000 people for three months,” said Bucher. “Our forte is in the partnerships we have with local organizations. Our forte is much more in the area of reconstruction.”

    Femme Decide (Women Decide) is going to start building houses, Paul? Is that what they mean by “reconstruction”? Are you sure there is no money in there for reproductive services? Tell the truth and shame the devil.

    As for my disaster relief efforts, I send my money to Chalice:

    http://www.chalice.ca/

    They are 1) totally Catholic 2) not Marxist 3) not pro-abort 4) efficient.

    I would like to thank you for allowing me to use your blog to advertise the web page we have put together to direct Canadian funds to the people of Pakistan.

    I would urge all of you to click here and donate:

    https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=1473&AID=645

    This is still private property. I will not permit a link donating to D&P on this blog. I have changed the link to Chalice’s disaster donation page.

  17. Paul, since when is asking not to be have personal insults thrown at you in public a “holier than thou attitude”? Would you also accuse the pope of having a “holier than thou attitude”? I don’t think that there anything wrong with Mr. Pacheco’s attitudes. I don’t think that it’s his attitudes per say that bother you. I think that it’s what he has to say that disturbes you so much that you insult him in a public way. Judging from his blog posts, he seems to me to be a passionate, dedicated, faithful Roman Catholic man. What’s there to be gained by sending money to pro-abort groups?

    Matthew 16:25-27 (New King James Version)
    25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.

  18. Paul, incidentally, what do you think about sex? Do you think that every individual has the right to decide where, when, how and with whom or what to have sex with? What do you think about pre-marital sex, extra-marital sex, polygamy, homosexual acts, beastiality, masturbation and pedophelia? The late Pierre Elliot Trudeau did say that the state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation, right? I think that what he should have said is that the state has no business in the affairs of the family, or that the state has no business telling the Roman Catholic Church what is can or cannot preach, or that the state has no business telling people what they can or cannot say, or that the state has no business telling people what they can or cannot think, or that the state has no business telling people what they can or cannot believe.

  19. John (above) you seem to have a strange fixation with sex…oh well. To each his or her own.

    John P this action:

    This is still private property. I will not permit a link donating to D&P on this blog. I have changed the link to Chalice’s disaster donation page.

    This is a violation of copyright. Even though you own this blog, you have no legal right to change the content of people who post to your site. I would have thought you would know better than that.

    Here is the text that you blocked out.

    If you take this out or alter it you will leave me no choice but to report you to Word Press for copyright violation.

    Peace

    ==REMOVED BY MODERATOR==

    🙂

  20. Paul, why don’t you respond to some of the issues raised in these links:
    Peace:

    http://www.catholic-legate.com/index/dp_abortion.html
    http://www.therosarium.ca/
    http://www.helpersottawa.org/
    http://www.lifesitenews.com/
    http://www.catholic-legate.com/?p=6560

    By the way, Mr. Pacheco has every right to not allow, remove all or any part of your posts, as he sees fit. This is his blog, not yours. Your totalitarian impulses don’t surprise me, though, and they should be duly noted by everone. What do you think Development and Peace is, anyway? A tool with which to coerce people into supporting your political views? Let me remind you that Development and Peace owes it existence to the Roman Catholic bishops in Canada. They created it, they can dismantle it. I hope you understand that.

  21. This is still private property. I will not permit a link donating to D&P on this blog. I have changed the link to Chalice’s disaster donation page.

    This is a violation of copyright. Even though you own this blog, you have no legal right to change the content of people who post to your site. I would have thought you would know better than that.

    Here is the text that you blocked out.

    If you take this out or alter it you will leave me no choice but to report you to Word Press for copyright violation.

    Peace

    ==REMOVED BY MODERATOR==

    Apparently, you have no idea of what copyright is, what it covers, or what it’s about. It matches your knowledge of (and respect for) private property. This is hardly a surprise coming from someone who holds a quasi-socialist worldview.

    You are a guest on this blog, Mr. McGuire. You do not have the strict right to post anything at all. You only can post your incoherent arguments because I tolerate it — for the sake of exposing how a social justice bureaucrat thinks about Church teaching concerning life issues.

    For that demonstration, I am, however, very grateful.

  22. John,

    Mr. McGuire will never answer any of my questions directly…because he knows the jig is up. It’s all about useless propaganda now.

    In many ways, D&P’s glory days are behind them. Their membership is declining rapidly and is not being replenished at any significant rate. It belongs to the Marxist era of liberation theology and everything which flows from it.

    What we can do is simply expedite its demise and put in a truly Catholic aid agency in its place. In fact, that’s exactly what’s happening now with groups like Chalice which gets nearly as much in non-government donations as D&P does (without the benefit of the Bishops officially backing them, by the way). Everyone knows that if D&P lost the bishops’ support, it would be finished and reduced to a little rump of its former self.

  23. This was amusing.

    Paul, I can see it so clearly. There you sat in front of your keyboard thinking yourself clever convinced you had duped John into promoting D&P and fundraising for them on his blog. I bet you cringed when you realized that it was you who had been played.

    CHECK and MATE

  24. It does?

    Anything posted on this blog by third parties belongs directly to me, Paul. I am the owner of this piece of cyberspace.

    To prove a point or to prevent unwanted spam or perverse solicitation, I can interact and change others’ commentary and links, and respond to THAT, as I see fit. It doesn’t necessarily have to come from the original party who posted it. That is how internet law and “fair comment” has evolved, Mr. McGuire.

    You’re so confused about what the Church teaches on so many things, it’s not difficult to see how you can be so confused by so many other things as well.

    What are you, Paul, 8 years old?

  25. John P seems to be be afraid of free unfettered speech. I would argue that this is typical of your posts – lots of bluster, misinformation, prejudice, racism.

    You also seem to have no regard for the poor and disspossed of the world – if you did you would support the Catholic aid agency – Development and Peace.

    Scandal – you actually erased the D&P appeal for Pakistan from your blog

    Shame shame!!

  26. Paul, do you really think that the only way to help the poor is through Development and Peace? Is that the only way to help Pakistan? Does social justice necessarily have to be accompanied by condoms?

    Why don’t you share your views on contraception and homosexuality with us?

  27. Hey Susan and john – isn’t this the name calling that you were so enraged about. Better have a wee talk with Mr. Pacheco.

    I find today people are so infantile that they get more upset at being called something derogatory (yet true) than addressing the REAL CRIME. It falls right in with our narcisistic age.

    For what it is worth, however, the ancient Christian apologists didn’t have this hang-up, and for that matter, neither do I. If you’re a heretic or a liar, I’ll call you that on this blog and to your face — just as I did with D&P not too long ago when they slandered LSN and then quickly issued a legal apology to avoid getting sued.

    John P seems to be be afraid of free unfettered speech.

    Oh please, I’ve let you spew D&P garbage all over this blog even though I have received complaints about letting you do so. I believe in the principle of free speech — much more so, I might add, than D&P does. The only thing that I prohibit is a donation link to D&P’s website — hardly an unreasonable limitation.

    Besides, Mr. McQuire, why do you believe I would not be willing to give you as much rope as your heart desires? Every other time you speak, it seems we learn either more about you or some bit of information you let slip about D&P. Why, then, for heaven’s sake would I want to dissaude you from contributing? By all means, my good man, keep going!

    I would argue that this is typical of your posts – lots of bluster, misinformation, prejudice, racism.

    Bahahahaha…”racism, prejudice”? You are a liar…just like the drones at D&P. I don’t have a “racist” bone in my body. Besides, you can’t even pronounce my last name. In the socialist pecking order, that means you would be more of a bigot than I am. In my life and in my childhood, I have been the subject of bigotry. I can almost guarantee, with a name like McGuire, you have not been. Like professional race-baiters, I have little doubt that you seek to be offended for a third party when no offense is given or intended.

    You also seem to have no regard for the poor and disspossed of the world – if you did you would support the Catholic aid agency – Development and Peace.

    What does “disspossed” mean? Do you mean “dispossessed? Aren’t you supposed to be a teacher?

    In any case, you are a liar.

    I have told you before of my charitable giving. I will repeat it here again to clear the air:
    I support 2 children in India through Chalice. I support 1 priest in Vietnam. I support 2-3 other special needs individuals and families here in Ottawa. I also support my wife and four daughters, and my church and other causes. I give more money to “the poor” than I do to pro-life causes. That doesn’t seem to fit your stereotype, does it?

    I make good coin, but I drive a shitty old 97 Plymouth Voyageur van because I think my money should go to people and causes worth supporting. What are you driving, McGuire, and how much have you given to the pro-life cause? Never mind that question. We won’t get an answer anyway.

    Scandal – you actually erased the D&P appeal for Pakistan from your blog. Shame shame!!

    You need to get out in the world more, Paul. D&P is not the only way to alleviate suffering in Pakistan or anywhere else in the world for that matter. It’s a bit presumptuous to believe so, in my opinion. Authentic Catholic charity existed before D&P, during D&P, and will exist long after D&P.

    This blog will never support D&P, given its role in enabling and perhaps even funding programs which attack innocent human life. Why don’t you go and petition D&P to put up a link to LSN for their next fundraising campaign?

  28. Paul, I trust John P. and other pro-lifers over you and the people at Development and Peace any day. Mary the Holy Mother of God told us that in the end, Her Immaculate Heart will triumph. Choose carefully which side of this spiritual war you are on. There is more to suffering than physical suffering, and there is more to death than physical death.

    “Pray for us Mary, Gate of Heaven, for your intercession is powerful and we are greatly in need”.

  29. Paul I will keep you in my prayers, that God will one day open your heart and mind. And John P. your are in my prayers as well that God will bless you and your family and keep you as wonderful as you are now, thank you for all you do!!

    In Christ

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