Where have we seen this before?

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 29, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new coalition of Catholic pro-life organizations is calling for a massive reform of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and urging Catholics to boycott the upcoming November collection.

The CCHD is the domestic social justice arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and focuses on supporting groups that work in community organizing.  They have been accused over many years of supporting radical left-wing groups who advocate a distorted un-Catholic view of social justice.  The organization primarily raises funds through an annual nationwide parish collection, this year scheduled for November 22nd.

Scandal erupted in the U.S. Church last year over the CCHD’s funding of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), a liberal network of local community activism groups.  At least two dioceses, in fact, opted not to take up the collection last fall.  The CCHD, which has given ACORN millions of dollars in the last ten years, cut their funding last year based on reports of embezzlement within the organization. In recent weeks, several ACORN offices were caught condoning child prostitution and sex trafficking in a series of videotaped sting operations conducted by veteran pro-life investigators….

read the rest here.

“Social justice” corruption knows no international boundaries.  It’s really quite remarkable.

Is it that hard to alleviate poverty and promote genuine human rights without also funding pro-abort groups?   Good grief.

One thought on “Where have we seen this before?

  1. Wow this is Unbelievable coming from the B.C. Catholic… Keep your eye on Vancouver.

    By Paul Schratz
    Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with … the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.

    The tension between supporters and detractors of CCODP has not been a healthy one, and it’s time all Catholics rallied around the Catholic social development agency, as well as embracing a firm commitment to life.

    As expected, the topic of CCODP came up at the Canadian bishops’ annual plenary meeting in Ottawa. Although most of the discussion took place behind closed doors, enough can be gleaned from the bishops’ decisions to infer that a thorough airing of all concerns took place.

    The concerns involved indications that CCODP had been working with some Latin American organizations whose commitment to human life before birth was suspect, or worse. There appeared to be no evidence that CCODP money went to abortion programs, but the taint of the association was enough to sound alarms from coast to coast, with many bishops deciding to withhold funds from CCODP until the matter was resolved.

    The bishops’ meeting seems to have done that. The bishops came out of the plenary solidly behind CCODP and its international mission. That was expected and that’s how it should be. The life-saving and improving work done by the group through its international partner Caritas Internationalis is invaluable and is a concrete example of the Church implementing Pope Benedict XVI’s latest encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (Love in Truth), and Gospel values being employed for the common good.

    Both the bishops and CCODP appear to realize they need to take care that funds are used carefully and are seen to be used carefully. CCODP plans to review its mandate in light of Caritas in Veritate and to vet its overseas partners through local bishops’ conferences.

    In addition, a new ad hoc committee will allow the bishops to “collaborate” with the organization to make sure its work is carried out “in harmony with the identity and mission of the Church,” according to a statement from the bishops.

    Finally, in response to a call for unity among groups that defend life and dialogue among pro-lifers, the CCCB will create an ad hoc committee to “develop an intermediate and a long-term strategy for the promotion of a culture of life and family in Canada.”

    The way this debacle was resolved needs to be seen as a way that disagreements between groups within the Church can be dealt with. There’s no place for division in the Church. Social justice and pro-life are each important elements, and all of us need to embrace both, even if the effort stretches us beyond our traditional comfort zones.

    A perfect example of this was offered with the Pope’s recent willingness to accommodate traditional Anglicans by adapting the Church’s externals to allow some Anglican practices.

    We too need to understand that we can learn some lessons from Pope Benedict’s willingness to accommodate non-essentials.

    It should be apparent that the storm over CCODP should never have reached the magnitude that it did.

    For every person who was more than ready to write off the organization for being too radical there was another who was too quick to dismiss the allegations against CCODP as the work of reactionaries.

    Neither approach is helpful. The way CCODP was maligned was almost designed to put the organization on a defensive posture.

    Also unhelpful was the way CCODP stalwarts, both laity and clergy, attacked the accusers rather than consider whether the agency might need to take a look at some of its bedfellows.

    The bishops’ committee that went to Mexico answered some of those questions, but not all. Now that the bishops as a whole have dealt with the issue at their plenary, it’s possible to see something positive coming from the whole debacle.

    This is welcome news. Sometimes we need a shake from the complacency that surrounds us all. CCODP and pro-life supporters have all been given such a shake.

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