As many of you are aware, D&P gets a large part of their money from their Lenten campaign. Each parish in the country has a special envelope dedicated for that purpose for one weekend of the year. It looks like this:
So for that weekend during Lent, you have two envelopes – one is your normal parish offering and the other is your “Lenten offering” which, of course, goes to D&P. Development & Peace, you see, has the exclusive rights to your Lenten offering.
In this whole imbroglio involving Development & Peace, many of us who are concerned about funding their pro-abortion partners have drawn solace from the assumption that if we don’t put money into the D&P envelope, D&P doesn’t get our money. That’s a very reasonable assumption, after all.
But, folks, that might not necessarily be the case.
You could still be funding D&P by your regular contributions to your parish. I know of one diocese in Canada where the bishop will ensure that his Diocese’s “donation quota” is reached in the case where the amount officially donated to D&P falls short of this quota.
So, for instance, if the Diocese’s D&P quota is $50,000 and the offering envelopes only total $40,000, the diocese will ensure the shortfall is made up or absorbed. If I recall correctly from the details I received on this topic some time ago, that $10,000 shortfall comes from general parish revenue (and even if it didn’t, it’s coming from the diocese whose funding source is ultimately our donations). This, of course, means that a Catholic who would otherwise refuse to fund the pro-abortion clique in the Global South is unknowingly doing so through this funding arrangement. And this is only one diocese. There are probably other dioceses who do the same thing. Everyone who is concerned about this arrangement should be contacting their bishop to find out just how the funding formula works for their particular diocese. Some diocese might respect your conscience and rights; others may not. It’s important for Catholics to find out.
This, of course, begs the bigger question. If my bishop is forcing my general parish donations to go to D&P, how can I, in good conscience (gotta use the Winnipeg’s Statement’s language here after all!), donate to my parish? And if I can’t donate to my parish and support it with my sacrifices, just how long can I continue to remain a member of it…or of any parish in the diocese? It’s a matter of trust – a trust that is being undermined and even shattered by a zeal for a perverse form of “social justice” that overlooks the weightier matters of the moral law.
These are tough questions that deserve transparent answers. We’ll all find out in October at their annual plenary session in Cornwall if the bishops are truly concerned with Church unity. We’ll all find out if the bishops would prefer to keep the “social justice” fraud of D&P going at the expense of selling out the unborn and the unity of the Church.
That’s the question they are going to have to face, or, as they have been doing for the past 40 years, to ignore.