Help the Haitians Through Chalice NOT Development & Peace

 
We offer our prayers to those victims and their families who are suffering through this terrible disaster.
 
If you can help the Haitians, donate here through CHALICE which sponsors 1800 children and their families in Haiti and operates two centres in that country.

 
Socon or Bust cautions readers, however, that they should be very weary about Development & Peace’s emergency appeal for the disaster victims of the earthquake.
 
Development & Peace says it has committed “$50,000 to Caritas Haiti, which runs 200 medical clinics in the country but is in dire need of financial resources to respond to the growing humanitarian needs of this population in crisis.” You can read their entire press release here. I see that Salt + Light has also posted the notice on their French blog.
 
While it is imperative to get the financial aid to legitimate organizations in Haiti, I’m not so sure Development & Peace is our best bet, given the track record of their partners.
 
In Socon or Bust’s original investigation of D&P’s partners in Haiti, for instance, it was discovered that they were sponsoring two organizations who promoted abortion: Kay Fanm and Fanm Deside. Readers can learn more about them and their pro-abort activities here and here.
  
Their press release says that most of the $50K is going to Caritas Haiti, but what guarantees are there that some of the money is not going to be funelled to the two groups listed above as well?
 

CORRECTION ON THIS PARAGRAPH:

The principal organization which Development & Peace has named to assist in the country, Caritas Haiti, makes many problematic statements on their website which is suggestive of the pro-reproductive rights lobby too. They have a “strategy” plan that says women are discriminated against in the Church and that women do not control their “reproduction”. In addition, Population Services International— which specializes in, among other things “reproductive health” is a donor to Caritas Haiti and describes them as one of their “partners”.
 
 See correction here.
 
Whenever an emergency or natural disaster hits, so does, unfortuntately, massive fraud. The hucksters are always out to either profit or push their agenda. Remember 9/11 and Planned Parenthood?
PPFA practices a very selective form of generosity to the victims of horrible tragedy. After so many lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attack, the January 2006 Sago Mine disaster, and Hurricane Katrina, PPFA offered relief to survivors … in the form of free birth control and abortions. (Source)

Remember the Tsunami?

When you give a donation these days, don’t be the useful idiot for the anti-family lobby. Do not be tricked by the “urgency” of those asking for the donations either. Clear your head, do a little research, and take your time. With the internet these days, it’s relatively easy to find organizations where your money is not going to end up in a pro-abort’s bank account or in some unscrupulous person’s pocket.
 
Remember, if you can help the Haitians, donate here through CHALICE.
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If it is true that Caritas Haiti is pushing “reproductive rights”, that would make FOUR partners in Haiti who engage in anti-family activities.  

18 thoughts on “Help the Haitians Through Chalice NOT Development & Peace

  1. I’ve donated to Chalice.

    The Archdiocese of Vancouver is asking people to donate to D&P. It’s very disappointing 🙁 I hope they don’t and instead donate to a prolife charity as recommended by SoCon and/or Lifesite.

  2. Actually, Steve, it was another Catholic Blogger who did the work. I just passed it on. The reason I did not link to this blogger is that s/he wishes to stay anonymous on this issue.

    It’s good to know that there are other bloggers out there, ready to share the info.

  3. Thanks John,

    I just heard on the news at noon that our Archbishop T. Prendergast is asking the parishes to take up collections
    for Haiti.

    Maybe he spotted the problem that you mention too.

  4. I just looked up the Archdiocese of Ottawa website. Archbishop Predergast is collecting for Haiti by way of D&P. 🙁

    I think it’s better to donate to Chalice or one of the charities recommended by Lifesite.

  5. I’m just wondering if we can be absolutely certain that Chalice is not connected in any way with D & P and is reliably Catholic in general.

  6. Elizabeth,

    My wife and I were sponsoring one child when a Director of Chalice (a Deacon) came to talk at our parish. He brought tears to our eyes about what he described. We decided to pick up another child for sponsorship…and he condemned contraception.

    That’s all I needed to hear.

    BTW, we have asked them about life issues and they will not get involved with pro-abortion or anti-family groups.

  7. Thanks. A group with which I am associated were looking for a reliable charity to support in the Haitian relief effort. They sound like what we are looking for..

  8. On the recommendation of Socon or Bust I have now contributed to CHALICE (Haiti Relief) and will switch my child-sponsorship from World Vision to Chalice. Thanks for the guidance!

  9. I am so disappointed that you have decided to slime Caritas Haiti in your continnuing attacks on D&P. I understand why you do it…you hate any person or organization which you judge to be liberal and then assume that any person or organization connected to the afore-mentioned is also evil. You have no proof that Caritas supports abortion or birth control: only inferences. Here is some information you might consider as a counter inference. The president of Caritas Internationalis (of which Caritas Haiti is a member) is Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras. He’s consideered to be a moderate because he advocates on behalf of the poor so I’m sure you will write him off as a liberal. However, in 2009, he publicly agreed with the Pope that condoms cannot be of any real benefit in the fight against AIDS. He has also said that politicians who publicly support abortion excommunicate themselves. I suppose you can go on believing that his organization promotes activities contrary to Church teaching if you want.I don’t.
    Why don’t you just bury the hatchet for awhile and support your bishops in their effprts to help Haiti.

  10. After my last post, John, you challenged me to provide my insights on Caritas Haiti. Here they are: Caritas was created by the Haitian Catholic Church 34 years ago and is part of the everyday life of their Church. It runs education and development programs, operates medical facilities and provides emergency assistance. Most of Caritas’ funding is from European and North American Catholic development agencies and some government agencies. The President and Vice President of the organization are both Haitian Bishops. I can’t imagine they would allow their organization to endorse abortion or artificial contraception. And, in a country as small as Haiti, lay members of the organization cannot promote these activities without their bishops’ awareness.
    Most of your objections come from Caritas’ development plan. On its’ website Caritas outlined the creation of a 5 year plan and, in the women’s section listed 58 problems, causes and consequences, 2 of which you found offensive. Before I repeat these two, I urge you to keep in mind that this plan was drawn up in Haiti; based on the realities of Haiti; for Haitians; by a Haitian Catholic development agency run by Haitian Bishops. Nothing in this plan can be construed as a denial or criticism of the teachings of the universal Catholic Church. In fact, in one part of the plan, Caritas acknowledges its’ responsibility to communicate clearly the Faith and Established Practices of the Church.
    One of the statements you judged to be anti-Catholic is: [There is] “discrimination against women inside the Church” and you asked for my insights on what that means. Okay: Because this came from a section outlining economic, social and legal problems faced by Haitian women, the statement might mean: ‘The Haitian Church, a major employer, doesn’t hire many women.’ OR ‘When Haitian women complain about being beaten and abused by their partners, Haitian priests tend to tell them to just put up with it.’ I don’t know…neither do you; but my speculations make more sense than yours in the context in which the statement was made. In any case the statement pertained only to the Haitian Church and is not “anti-Catholic bigotry.”
    The second statement is, “Women do not control their reproductive capacity.” which you suggest is double-speak for contraception or abortion. You ask sarcastically if I believe the statement “refers to abstinence or natural family planning”. Well, yes I do. Why? Because Catholic Dialogue, another conservative blog looking for dirt on Caritas, describes how Caritas “promotes ‘Abstinence/Be Faithful’ programs to fight HIV and teaches abstinence until marriage to school children. If Caritas doesn’t promote condom use for people facing a deadly disease, I don’t believe they’d endorse artificial contraception or abortion. Another more probable speculation from Dialogue is that this statement means that Haitian women cannot prevent their partners from forcing sex on them.
    Your final piece of supposedly damning inference is that Caritas Haiti receives funding from Population Services International, a U.S. based secular agency known to promote condom use against HIV, and contraceptives as a component of reproductive health. However, it’s not reasonable to jump to the conclusion that Caritas uses PSI money to push condoms or contraception. Why? Three reasons: 1) Cardinal Maradiaga, president of Caritas Internationalis, condemns these practices; 2) Caritas Haiti’s statement of fidelity to Catholic teaching; 3) their aforementioned promotion of ‘Abstinence/Be Faithful’ programs. It’s more likely that Caritas would focus on Malarial and Diarrheal Disease prevention/treatment and Infant Survival which are other PSI concerns. If Caritas uses PSI money to tackle HIV and Reproductive Health, it almost certainly does so without the condoms and contraception.
    One person who posted to your blog asked what ‘sliming’ means. In general it means ‘covering with slime’ (which most see as a disgusting substance). In this context it means saying derogatory, unproven, false things about another person or organization. You asked me, “Where, precisely, is the sliming, Russ?…..Is my reporting on the facts, sliming?” But you have supplied only judgements and no detrimental facts about Caritas Haiti. As well, Catholic Dialogue admits it has no facts about Caritas wrong-doing. Describing Caritas as “likely an abortion-supporting organization, anti-Catholic, anti-life and anti-family” is sliming!
    What I would like from you, John, is a retraction of your misrepresentation of Caritas Haiti and an apology: to Caritas for denigrating it, to your readers for misleading them (even if inadvertently), to Chalice for any support it may have lost from appearing to have benefitted from mud-slinging, and to the people of Haiti who may lose financial support because of confusion your errors have sown.

  11. After my last post, John, you challenged me to provide my insights on Caritas Haiti. Here they are: Caritas was created by the Haitian Catholic Church 34 years ago and is part of the everyday life of their Church. It runs education and development programs, operates medical facilities and provides emergency assistance. Most of Caritas? funding is from European and North American Catholic development agencies and some government agencies. The President and Vice President of the organization are both Haitian Bishops. I can’t imagine they would allow their organization to endorse abortion or artificial contraception. And, in a country as small as Haiti, lay members of the organization cannot promote these activities without their bishops’ awareness.

    And I can’t imagine the Catholic Bishops of Canada and professing Catholics who work for our official “development and aid agency” refusing to acknowledge their scandalous action in promoting over 44 pro-abort, anti-family, anti-Catholic groups. I am not alleging anything against the Haitian bishops themselves since the snake sometimes covers itself very well. But, just the same, I’m not shocked at anything anymore, frankly. So, Russ, there’s no point in playing the “don’t you trust us?” card with me. It won’t slide.

    Most of your objections come from Caritas’ development plan. On its website Caritas outlined the creation of a 5 year plan and, in the women’s section listed 58 problems, causes and consequences, 2 of which you found offensive.

    If one of those two were recommendations about promoting racism, would you be so seemingly flippant as you are here?

    Before I repeat these two, I urge you to keep in mind that this plan was drawn up in Haiti; based on the realities of Haiti; for Haitians; by a Haitian Catholic development agency run by Haitian Bishops. Nothing in this plan can be construed as a denial or criticism of the teachings of the universal Catholic Church. In fact, in one part of the plan, Caritas acknowledges its responsibility to communicate clearly the Faith and Established Practices of the Church.

    That depends on how you interpret it, Russ.

    One of the statements you judged to be anti-Catholic is: [There is] “discrimination against women inside the Church” and you asked for my insights on what that means. Okay: Because this came from a section outlining economic, social and legal problems faced by Haitian women, the statement might mean: “The Haitian Church, a major employer, doesn’t hire many women. OR When Haitian women complain about being beaten and abused by their partners, Haitian priests tend to tell them to just put up with it. I don’t know…neither do you; but my speculations make more sense than yours in the context in which the statement was made. In any case the statement pertained only to the Haitian Church and is not “anti-Catholic bigotry”.

    First of all, I don’t believe I referred to such a practice as “anti-Catholic”, although arguably it could be. Do you think it is appropriate to criticize the Catholic Church in Haiti because it doesn’t hire many women? Maybe the Haitian Church does not follow the same politically correct garbage that we do in the West, Russ, with our stupid quotas. Maybe it doesn’t have a lot of jobs to offer and the jobs that they do offer usually go to men who have wives and children to support. Either way, Russ, my opinion is just as valid as yours, really. It’s not the criticism per se that is the problem, however. It’s the context in which it is presented. Be that as it may, the statement is not my primary gripe.

    The second statement is, “Women do not control their reproductive capacity” which you suggest is double-speak for contraception or abortion. You ask sarcastically if I believe the statement “refers to abstinence or natural family planning”. Well, yes I do. Why? Because Catholic Dialogue, another conservative blog looking for dirt on Caritas, describes how Caritas “promotes Abstinence/Be Faithful” programs to fight HIV and teaches abstinence until marriage to school children.

    It could be, Russ, but it is not *likely*. I never said on my blog that it was for certain. Only “likely”. People can take that for what it is. For me, this kind of language is invariably tied to contraception. The fact that they are also linked to the International Women’s Day organization also seems to me rather problematic and suggestive.

    What I would like from you, John, is a retraction of your misrepresentation of Caritas Haiti and an apology: to Caritas for denigrating it, to your readers for misleading them (even if inadvertently), to Chalice for any support it may have lost from appearing to have benefitted from mud-slinging, and to the people of Haiti who may lose financial support because of confusion your errors have sown.

    You will not receive a retraction or an apology since I never made the claim for certain. I said it was “likely”. However, I will temper my assessment somewhat to allow the benefit of doubt. My judgement, too, will not utimately change since there are many other organizations who are not involved with dubious groups or make very problematic statements on their websites.

    I will not trouble you to address three of D&P’s other organizations in Haiti who are indeed pro-contraception. I know it will largely be ignored.

  12. Hi John,
    I know that you’ve never set out to seek my approval, but I have a measure of respect for you for 2 reasons:
    1. The way your Leave a Reply postings appear immediately rather than waiting for you to get around to approve them and maybe not posting them at all. What I respect is that you trust that posters will behave properly and have confidence that whatever they say, either you or those who support you will be able to handle them. Not all blogs are set up that way and so can be accused of stifling an exchange of ideas.
    2. From reading your last post, it apppears that your mind is open to examining new ideas. How I would paraphrase your posting is,”While I (John) will not deny my core beliefs, maybe I got a little carried away (as I mentioned earlier sometimes happens) and will temper my assessment of Caritas Haiti a bit and allow them the benefit of the doubt.”
    That’s fair, you’ve agreed to back off on Caritas Haiti a bit, so for my part, I’ll just let sleeping dogs lie on this file and refrain from going over your post word for word trying to expose weaknesses.
    Russ

  13. Well, thank you Russ. That’s very magnanimous of you.

    I am not particularily interested in Caritas Haiti. It’s not AS BAD as I thought, although there are still some disturbing associations.

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