D&P’s Hidden Agenda

A number of weeks ago, Development & Peace released their annual report for their 2007-2008 operating year.  Interested readers can peruse they glossy, slick report here  As followers of the D&P abortion scandal already know, D&P isn’t exactly forthcoming with information regarding what their partners promote.  They keep a tight lid on their partners more objectionable  (i.e. anti-family, anti-life) activities.  It’s quite amazing, actually, considering the breadth and depth of the depravity of some of these organizations. D&P is sponsoring approximately 40 of these anti-family organizations, and that’s only what we know of.  They openly advocate their public support for abortion and other “reproductive rights” on their websites  or remove them when they’ve been busted. Some of these organizations have these goals as one of their primary mandates, and they are certainly not shy in discussing their advocacy activities for abortion to the press.  They don’t try and hide what they are about at all. They’re quite open about it.  One of them in Nicaragua even has this huge banner in their main meeting hall plastered against their back wall, so no one can mistake what they are advocating. 

So, how is it, then, that these facts have not been reported to Catholic donors in Canada?  Why has D&P not reported on the pro-abortion pushing positions and activities that these groups are advocating? Where are the code phrases of “reproductive rights”, “sexual reproductive health”, “reconstruction of masculinity”, “gender training”, etc. that is so prevalent on their partners’ websites or third party reports about them? Where is the mention of abortion or contraception or condoms or the push for the legalization of the instruments of the culture of death?

They are no where to be seen in their “Annual Review” or any report that D&P issues. 

Why is that?  What is the management of D&P afraid of?

I’ll tell you what they’re afraid of:


Instead of fully disclosing what Development & Peace is secretly supporting, the Annual Review is a white-washed, sanitized version of the hidden agenda. The closest they come to revealing what they are about is the phrase “gender equity”.  “Gender equity” is to Development & Peacewhat “human rights” is to the Canadian Human Rights Commissions.  It sounds very noble and righteous, but in reality these are merely “front phrases” to forward the marxist view of “equality” and to push for the sexual jihad in the developing countries.  Below is their section on “Women’s Rights” on page 7 of their report.  My comments are denoted in red. 



Many of Development and Peace’s partners work to improve the living conditions and the social and political  status of women. By developing the capacity to influence decision making, these women can encourage the adoption of fair social measures adapted to the needs of poor and vulnerable families.

In East Timor, our partners are working to promote women’s rights and encourage their presence in the political life of the country. Women now account for 29% of the members of parliament. Significant progress is being made towards greater equity in social policies and laws, including those on domestic  violence. At least 1,300 women are now village counsellors and 29 women are the head of a village or hamlet.

They don’t tell you that the “social policies” being advanced is not only to overturn abortion in that country, but also to attack and oppose the Catholic Church there. 

In Ecuador, a legal paper on gender equity has been drawn up, published and distributed among local, provincial and national  authorities.  The document is the result of a research project on violence against women that was carried out by a team of aboriginal women supported by the Center for Development, Communication and Social Research (cedIS). This advocacy work contributed to the adoption of constitutional amendments that give precedence to the rights of women when those rights come into conflict with traditional aboriginal rights. http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/Review/responses/ECUADOR-English.pdf

This report is consistent with what we have seen thusfar from D&P’s collaborators: “The institutionalization of a system for improving sexual and reproductive health care services has proceeded very slowly in Ecuador and is subject to shifts in the political will of the authorities in that area….”(p.16) An observant reader will notice too that D&P did not actually cite the report’s name: NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR WOMEN CONAMU, Questionnaire to Governments on Implementation of the Beijing Platform for, Action (1995) and the Outcome of the Twenty-Third Special Session of the General Assembly (2000).  As everyone knows, the 1995 Beijing Platform was highly problematic for the Catholic Church.

And then there is, of course, LifeSite’s investigative reports about D&P’s funding of an Ecuadoran agency promoting abortion, contraception and homosexuality.

In Senegal, the activities of the networks Réseau africain pour le développement Integré and Réseau Siggil Jigeen led to the adoption of a law on gender equality. This act amends the electoral code to ensure greater representation of women on the candidate lists for legislative and local elections.

Réseau Siggil Jigeen was one of the groups uncovered by Socon or Bust in supporting “reproductive health”: “Besides RSJ, 25 other organizations work on reproduction health and join their forces to change things. Our goal is to increase the budget allocated in Family Planification. We also demand the instauration of a national FP Day.” (Source)

Why doesn’t D&P mention this particular activity of RSJ?


The action Group for Women and children’s Well-being (Famme) greatly appreciated the creativity and energy demonstrated by young QSF interns during their trip.  Their work gave new momentum to the Famme team.

FAMME was another group discovered to be pushing contraception all over Togo through their condom distribution centres: “The condoms are ordered through the local PSI office, which delivers them to FAMME. There is an agreement between the two institutions to ensure that the expiry date of the condoms is beyond three months. FAMME has a system whereby an initial donation of condoms is made to the peer educators (PEs), enabling them later on to obtain further supplies. Once the condomsare supplied, the FAMME project management team makes packages according to the sites and number of peer educators at each site. The packages are then pre-positioned with the PE technical supervisors, who then supply the PEs they supervise. The condom price is marked up by about 50% as an incentive for the PEs and supervisors. This covers their transportation costs when they go to distribute them. For instance, the female condom is purchased at 60 FCFA with PSI and sold on the ground at 100 FCFA each. After they’ve sold the first lot of condoms, the PEs go for more supplies from the technical supervisors. The expiry date is checked during the supervision visits, and if the date has expired, the condoms are systematically withdrawn from circulation.” (Source: Promising and Best Practices in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care for West and Central Africa, p.28-29)

I wonder what kind of “creativity and energy” D&P is talking about and what “momentum” they gave FAMME and their condom distribution centres?

In Benin, interns helped raise awareness and mobilize women in response to soaring commodity prices. They then took part in a delegation that handed a petition directly to the Benin ministry of agriculture.

Too bad that D&P didn’t raise awareness among Canadian Catholics that they were also funding AFJB (Association de développement rural intégré de l’Atacora) in Benin who were involved in drafting a report which said:

“While maternal mortality is a serious health concern for African women, it is crucial that women’s reproductive health be viewed broadly to encompass an array of issues that assure the health of a woman’s reproductive system. This holistic understanding of reproductive health was embraced by the ICPD, which reaffirmed the “right of all couples and individ-uals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children.”28 Access to contraception and safe abortions; protection from and treatment for sexually trans-missible infections (STIs), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS); and laws and policies which protect women from harmful tra-ditional practices and sexual violence, are all components ofreproductive health and are essential to any effort to reduce maternal mortality in the region.” (Source: WOMEN OF THE WORLD:LAWS AND POLICIES AFFECTING THEIR REPRODUCTIVE LIVES FRANCOPHONE AFRICA , p.17)

In Indonesia, our partner KpI has contributed greatly to the emergence of a women’s movement in the troubled post-tsunami period. At every level, women have entered the political sphere in order to represent their fellow citizens at regional, provincial and national levels.

KPI stands for “Indonesian Women’s Coalition”. Its secretary general is the editor of books on women’s reproductive rights and the empowerment of women’s reproductive health. She wrote Women, Religion and Reproductive Health in 1999. (Source: The Jakarta Post)


It is quite telling how every group named in this report that further “women’s rights” also further teachings diametrically opposed to Catholic teaching on sexual ethics.  This cannot be considered a simple mistake or oversight. It is willful and it is deliberate.

And that is why we cannot expect D&P to issue an open and transparent report on their partners’ activities.  They have never done so in the last 40 years of their operations, and they have repeatedly and obstinately denied any wrong doing, even though the facts prove indisputably that they are funding and enabling militant pro-abortion groups and a host of other anti-family policies of these groups.

So, what is going to be the real question when the report comes out since it is likely going to be a white-wash?  The real question is this: 

Which bishops want to be taken seriously by people of life and family?  And which bishops prefer to ignore the evidence and continue to support the fraud of “social justice” according to Development & Peace?

The bishops cannot ignore that there will be serious consequences to their moral authority if they try and sweep this under the rug.  We hope and pray that fidelity to the Gospel of Life and some good old fashioned clear thinking prevail among them.


14 thoughts on “D&P’s Hidden Agenda

  1. I’m afraid the sad truth is that there are a number of bishops in Canada that secretly endorse the initiatives that D&P has been funding over the years. There is no other way to explain the incredible lack of oversight of “their” development arm. The one question that remains is whether the “other” bishops (the ones that believe what the magisterium teaches) will let “collegiality” trump their obligation to publicly call for a disolution of D&P and perform a public act of repentance for the damage they have caused.

    John thank you for all that you have done to expose D&P’s lies and furthering of the culture of death. You are a true servant of the Church.

  2. Yep, you are absolutely right, Andy.

    We’ll see if the fraud of collegiality in the Church is going to be exposed for what it is, or if it’s going to be more of the good ole’ boys club.

    The bishops have to understand that they owe allegiance to the Holy Father and Jesus. If they have Communion with the other bishops, that’s a bonus, but it is not strictly necessary, especially when doing so compromises something so fundamental as human life.

    I must admit, I don’t hold up much hope. And I really don’t know how my relationship with the bishops and the church is going to play out if they close ranks and white-wash this.

    I simply cannot let this pass. Turning their backs on the unborn must have consequences to them from us.

  3. What do you see as a problem with women’s rights ?
    I am a member of Development and Peace. I have visited some partners in South America. Maternity mortality is very high and there are many causes : family violence, poor nutrition and hygiene.
    I was amazed by what they do to help women to have safe childbirth (reproduction health) by promoting good health, hygiene and nutrition (reproductive health care). Most women cannot afford the cost of a doctor so the partners will train women to become midwives in order to visit the women during their pregnancies and make sure that women get the proper care.
    Some of the women are victims of violence from their husbands. (For instance, some husbands want to have sex but do not want their wives to have kids so they will punch them in the stomach so that the foetus will die in the wound.) Some of these partners will facilitate workshops to make sure women will know about their rights to safety from violence and how to get the help that they need.
    Is it bad ?

  4. Ginny,

    I am not sure how often we have to keep repeating this for you:

    All of what you describe is fine.

    But that is not ALL that D&P is doing.


  5. Ginny does not realize that some of us took,Womens Studies,in university and did very well, and also know feminist language and what they teach our daughters at university. I did a paper and presentation for Dr.Drysdale on Susan Faludi’s,”Backlash”. I was the only man in the class and the gist of my presentation was that Susan is wrong in believing that men and women can’t complement one another in a lifelong traditional marriage. In fact a strong society depends on this safe and nurturing environment for rearing children. Dr.Drysdale told me that the class would crucify me, but instead I got a standing ovation from every young woman in the class. You should have seen Drysdale’s face. This is something I will never forget. Our ladies want to here the truth instead of feminist lies.

  6. I do not talk the feminist language that you are speaking about. I do believe in a relationship where partners see each other as equal, as friends, lovers and parents….ideally in a lifelong relationship.
    In many cultures, even in our own culture, men beat their wives if they do not behave the way they want them to. I can say that on occasions, some women beat their husbands if it is unusual. You can beat physically but you can also beat emotionally & demolish someone’s self-esteem…and it is unacceptable.
    I do not know what you are talking about when you talk about feminist lies. What are they ?

  7. Ginny,

    Read the book Ungodly Rage:the Hidden Face of Catholic Feminism written by Donna Steichen.

    You’re in over your head already. The book is a real eye opener.

    God be with you.

  8. Ginny you know exactly what women’s study courses teach, but you pretend not to know. You know they teach that Abortion is a preeminent woman’s right. The sex act involves two people, yet the woman assumes the consequences, physical risk and emotional trauma of killing her own baby and being exploited. Contraceptives and no-fault divorce are touted as a manifestation of women’s rights, but the responsibility for the emotional trauma and physical risk from side effects falls on the woman. Sexual liberation is a feminist lie to con women into taking all the risks so that liberal-minded men can reap the rewards of sexual pleasure of the playboy lifestyle. Feminism is incompatible with common sense.

  9. If for you, feminism only means bestial sexuality, well I am not sure what the course taught you.
    It is more than that. Feminism is an intellectual, philosophical and political discourse aimed at equal rights and legal protection for women. It also seeks an end to sexism in all forms. There is no attack on traditional mariage as it seeks equality and respect between the partners.

  10. Jean-Paul Sartre was a professional liberal-minded philosopher. When he seduced professor Simone De Beauvoir ( the mother of feminism), he said his credo was “travel, polygamy,transparency.” Sartre used Simone as his mistress, cook, laundress, seamstress, and housekeeper, all while boasting of affairs with younger women. He treated her like a slave. Simone was an educated feminist and she didn’t have to live like a servant to a liberal-minded philosopher unless she chose that lifestyle. He treated her like he would treat anyone. She chose a liberal-minded philosopher over a traditional conservative. There are a lot of good social conservative men looking for feminine wives .

  11. You should read the biography of Simonne Monet-Chartrand who was a feminist, a union activist, a church leader, a wife and a mother of 7 children. She said that her husband always treated her as an intelligent woman.

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