Is the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (D&P) indisputably committed to the Gospel of life? Is the pro-life cause as important as, say, their campaign against bottled water? Recent events in Ottawa have brought into question D&P’s pro-life commitment, and therefore the prudence of contributing money to its annual Share Lent campaign.
D&P is the “official interna- tional development organiza- tion of the Catholic Church in Canada” and has the support of Canada’s bishops in raising funds in Catholic parishes. D&P isn’t a missionary organization in the traditional sense — it does not do explicit evangelization. Rather, it supports “partners in the Global South who promote alternatives to unfair social, political and economic structures. … In the struggle for human dignity, the organization forms alliances with northern and southern groups working for social change. It also supports women in their search for social and economic justice.”
Its vision and mission statements say nothing about God, Jesus Christ, the Gospel, Christi- anity, evangelization, salvation or the proclamation of the kingdom. In its own self-presentation it is indistinguishable from a secular hu- manitarian organization, save for its official fundraising activities in Catholic dioceses.
Two years ago, LifeSitenews.com — an agency that prides itself on being a watchdog for orthodoxy among Catholics, including bishops — reported that among D&P’s partners and alliances were groups that support abortion rights. Given that LifeSite is massively unpopular among many Catholic leaders, including bishops, its charges against D&P caused an enormous firestorm about the news agency’s tactics and professionalism. Yet the reports were sufficiently credible that a bishops’ fact-finding mission was dispatched to Mexico to assure Catholics that D&P was not undermining the Church’s pro-life witness…(Source)
That’s a shocker! Why would he ever say such a thing? And if they think that about LifeSite, they must be having convulsions when they visit this site! 🙂 Fine by me. The more convulsions the better. Well, it’s good that the “middle of the Church” is now finally FINALLY starting to find its voice. One cannot stay silent as a Catholic on this issue. Justice demands a response…especially if you’re well known and respected like Fr. Raymond.
There’s a lot of people in the Church that don’t like LifeSiteNews’ approach — you know, like telling the truth and getting into the details of what is going on…even if it’s (God forbid!!!) embarassing and humiliating for our bishops.
Glad to see Fr. Raymond, who has been rather quiet on D&P and similar controversies, has also had enough of CanChurch, and we welcome his comments.