Redirecting Your Charitable Giving

While many U.S. bishops have publicly acknowledged problems with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), (LSN) has confirmed that at least four bishops opted to not take up this year’s national collection.

A controversy has erupted in the U.S. Church in recent weeks after evidence came to light showing that numerous CCHD grantees have promoted issues and practices in violation of Catholic teaching, including abortion, contraception, and same-sex “marriage.”  In response to the revelations a coalition of Catholic organizations, the Reform CCHD Now Coalition, formed, calling for a boycott of the November 21-22 national CCHD collection….read the rest here.

You won’t see such a bold move here in Canada with Development & Peace, unfortunately.  That’s why it’s up to individual parishioners to take some responsibility and cut the chord this coming Lent.  You are not a bad Catholic because you don’t abide by the Bishop’s “social justice” organization that supports pro-abort, anti-Catholic groups. 

If liberation theology isn’t your gig, send a message this Lent and don’t give Development & Peace a single penny.   Even after the recommendations come out, the problems will not be solved in time. In fact, it’s going to take years, perhaps even decades for this thing to completely get cleaned up. So why even bother?  There are so many wonderful Catholic organizations today which are desperate for money. In fact, I heard of one this past Sunday at Mass.  This particular mission is trying to raise money for the poor in Zimbabwe and for sponsoring seminarians in Vietnam.  And speaking of those valient Vietnamese Catholics, they’re bursting at the seams over there in Vietnam with young men wishing to enter the priesthood, even though they are under harsh government persecution. 


That’s the cost of training one seminarian for one year. That’s a pretty small price to pay for the future of the Church. 

If you’re interested in sponsoring a seminarian, e-mail me.  Spend money on a few less gifts this Christmas, and put it instead to a worthy Catholic cause.  You won’t regret it.

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