Of Wool and Eyes

Even if you don’t agree with the mountain of evidence showing that D&P is funding groups that oppose Church teaching – or if you simply don’t think it matters – there are still other major issues that would require any rational donor to think twice about donating. It just doesn’t pass the sniff test.

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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has issued a statement expressing its disappointment with the funding cuts from the federal government. The CCCB President, Archbishop Richard Smith, had this to say:

“In light of the serious financial difficulties caused by this decrease in funding, I call on all Catholics to do everything they can to increase their support of the vital work that is carried out by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace during the current Share Lent collection which is being taken up at this time.” (Source)

However, any intelligent Canadian should naturally be inclined to do the opposite. If you’re a smart person and you hear this news, the first question you should ask is “why did the funding get cut?” After all, the reasons for the cuts could be relevant for your own decision to continue donating to D&P.

As it turns out, the government found that D&P doesn’t provide “value for money”. Or put another way, it doesn’t yield enough bang for your buck. An independent assessment from Money Sense magazine reached the same conclusions last year and also found that D&P was weak on transparency and governance. Read all about it here.

So regardless of whether you’re Catholic or not, whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, there are some fundamental problems at D&P that would justify you holding back on your donations. Even if you don’t agree with the mountain of evidence showing that D&P is funding groups that oppose Church teaching – or if you simply don’t think it matters – there are still other major issues that would require any rational donor to think twice about donating. It just doesn’t pass the sniff test.

In the coming days, I expect the supporters of D&P to aggressively call for blind faith in D&P and an increase in donations from the rank and file. This is beyond ironic since these individuals tend to be the same cafeteria Catholics that criticize faithful Catholics for obedience to the Magisterium. And yet, here they are calling for blind obedience themselves.

I think Canadians of all ideologies are smarter than that and will think twice.

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