Not One Thin Dime

Wednesday, November 16, AD 2016

Dime

(This is a repost from 2014.  Nothing has changed in regard to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and no faithful Catholic should contribute to it.  Go here to read a letter to the Bishops from the Lepanto Institute in regard to the CCHD.)

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas my bride and I usually send Christmas donations to groups we support.  This is the time when we also make a substitute donation to Catholic groups we endorse in lieu of contributing anything to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.  Despite window dressing efforts at reform, the CCHD is still in the business of handing out money, given by good-hearted Catholics who think they are contributing money to help people down on their luck, to left-wing pressure groups, many of whom espouse causes directly contrary to the teachings of the Church.

The Lepanto Institute gives us some details on just what a corrupt organization the CCHD is:

The newly launched Lepanto Institute published a report today, which shows a conflict of interest for Ralph McCloud, the Director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

McCloud, who approves grants distributed to community organizing groups on behalf of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, is a member of the board of directors of Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ).  Two affiliates of Interfaith Worker Justice received CCHD grants for fiscal year 2014-2015.

The IWJ philosophy is another issue of scandal for an organization that is part of the Catholic Church.

“Ralph McCloud was provided with the facts in 2012, with our showing that the leadership of Interfaith Worker Justice is filled with self-professed pro-abortion, pro-homosexual Marxists,” said Michael Hichborn, president of the Lepanto Institute.  “By joining the board of directors of IWJ, McCloud has created for himself the very definition of a conflict of interest, and accepted the role of overseeing distribution of funds to an organization in conflict with the Catholic Church’s teaching.”

A report on the leadership of Interfaith Worker Justice is available here.

“In 2012, my colleagues and I published a report on one of the two IWJ affiliates that are currently receiving grants from the CCHD which are in violation of CCHD guidelines,” Hichborn said.

For Fiscal Year 2014-2015, two affiliates of Interfaith Worker Justice received grants from the CCHD totaling $85,000: Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center and The Micah Center.

“How can an individual serve the Church while sitting on the board of IWJ, and in fact approve grants for affiliates of this organization?  It seems impossible,” Hichborn concluded.  “Our Blessed Lord said that man cannot serve two masters, but in the case of IWJ and the CCHD, that is precisely what McCloud is trying to do.”

And this:

The Lepanto Institute issued a report exposing the activities of an organization which received a $35,000 grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).  According to the report, the Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) launched its own gay straight alliance in 2014, participated in a homosexuality activism coordination event in 2013, and its director of operations signed a letter supporting same-sex marriage.

“CCHD grant guidelines are very clear.  CCHD says it will not fund organizations which are taking actions in violation of Catholic moral teaching,” said Michael Hichborn, president of the Lepanto Institute.  “This is just one more in the long list of failures in the CCHD’s self-proclaimed rigorous screening process.”

The CCHD’s grant guidelines state, “Organizations that receive CCHD funds must not participate in or promote activities that contradict the moral and social teachings of the Catholic Church.”  The Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2357 specifically states, regarding homosexual acts, “under no circumstances can they be approved.”

“What’s perplexing is that in 2012, The Reform CCHD Now coalition sent a profile on the problems with NWBCCC to the Archdiocese of New York, and the response we received was that they decided not to fund that organization before we even sent them the letter,” said Hichborn.  “So, why are they funding them this year, now that it’s clear that things have gotten worse?”

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  • I give to the Little Sisters of the Poor, the Dietrich von Hildebrand project, and to the Semper Fi Fund. I am sure they all do the Lord’s work.

    I’m sorry you had to say “a pro-life Catholic”. It makes me weep.

  • A huge thumbs up to the Lepanto Institute. I get Michael Hitchborn’s weekly e-mail, and find it very informative. God bless them in their apostolate.

  • Not one dime, not one nickel, not one penny, not one S&H trading stamp, not one cereal box top.

    Nothing.

    The USCCB named Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to head the USCCB. He is a native of Steubenville, Ohio (same as Jimmy the Greek and Dean Martin) and grew up and became a priest in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He is a good choice.

    However, he had to pledge “solidarity with the immigrant”. I have no patience for hearing that I should “welcome the immigrant” when we all damn well know the USCCB wants to let every poor Latin American into this country under the simplistic Vatican II directive of “preferential treatment for the poor”. The bishops of the US and Mexico are way overdue in holding the Government of Mexico accountable for its failure to provide for the safety and economic opportunity of its citizens. Forcing their poor onto the United States, and then expecting the American taxpayer to take care of people that Mexico treats like garbage, is not the responsibilty of the American taxpayer.

    Take that, USCCB.

  • Yes not one thin dime for this organization. And beyond that…

    Sometime time ago I cut my parish contributions by 75% and give the difference to conservative Catholic bloggers who proclaim the truth. I would suggest everyone do the same. If they did our Bishops would hopefully get the message.

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  • Why is the CC in the business of collecting money and then giving out grants? This is an Alinsky construction whereby he undermines the church, using well meaning clerics, bps and people in the pews. Who doesn’t want to feed the hungry, help the poor? We have been doing that since our very beginnings! In the last 50 yrs we have been put out of business. Catholic schools, hospitals, orphanages etc closing, accepting non catholics, accepting gov’t $ (Land of Lakes), blurring their mission statements, secularizing. Seminaries and convents not getting vocations, older orders dying out, dioceses bankrupted. We should keep what $ we have to use in our own families, parishes, and towns. Help our own widows, vets, sick, with cancer, disabled, unemployed, addicted, divorced, pregnant, etc. We have plenty of them! Subsidiarity. Anything extra contribute to our local causes- volunteer firemen, old folks home, emergency pantry, homeless outreach. Causes that are not political or in any way contrary to our teachings.
    I always wondered why were doing that til I saw the Alinsky program on EWTN. Never made any sense to me!
    I will never give to that collection. We have flyers in the back of churches here in NYC for weeks now from CCHD. Full color and nicely produced ($). Anyone know when that collection is coming up so we can get the word out?

  • Christine.

    I believe The Catholic Church is a closet Communist Front Organization with such manifestations as the “preferential option for the poor’, Social Justice programs, Liberation Theology, Pope Francis himself, Stewardship, etc. All the emphasis is on concerns of this world and little about the mission of Christ and the pursuit of holiness.

Not One Thin Dime

Wednesday, November 26, AD 2014

Dime

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas my bride and I usually send Christmas donations to groups we support.  This is the time when we also make a substitute donation to Catholic groups we endorse in lieu of contributing anything to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.  Despite window dressing efforts at reform, the CCHD is still in the business of handing out money, given by good-hearted Catholics who think they are contributing money to help people down on their luck, to left-wing pressure groups, many of whom espouse causes directly contrary to the teachings of the Church.

The Lepanto Institute gives us some details on just what a corrupt organization the CCHD is:

The newly launched Lepanto Institute published a report today, which shows a conflict of interest for Ralph McCloud, the Director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

McCloud, who approves grants distributed to community organizing groups on behalf of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, is a member of the board of directors of Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ).  Two affiliates of Interfaith Worker Justice received CCHD grants for fiscal year 2014-2015.

The IWJ philosophy is another issue of scandal for an organization that is part of the Catholic Church.

“Ralph McCloud was provided with the facts in 2012, with our showing that the leadership of Interfaith Worker Justice is filled with self-professed pro-abortion, pro-homosexual Marxists,” said Michael Hichborn, president of the Lepanto Institute.  “By joining the board of directors of IWJ, McCloud has created for himself the very definition of a conflict of interest, and accepted the role of overseeing distribution of funds to an organization in conflict with the Catholic Church’s teaching.”

A report on the leadership of Interfaith Worker Justice is available here.

“In 2012, my colleagues and I published a report on one of the two IWJ affiliates that are currently receiving grants from the CCHD which are in violation of CCHD guidelines,” Hichborn said.

For Fiscal Year 2014-2015, two affiliates of Interfaith Worker Justice received grants from the CCHD totaling $85,000: Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center and The Micah Center.

“How can an individual serve the Church while sitting on the board of IWJ, and in fact approve grants for affiliates of this organization?  It seems impossible,” Hichborn concluded.  “Our Blessed Lord said that man cannot serve two masters, but in the case of IWJ and the CCHD, that is precisely what McCloud is trying to do.”

And this:

The Lepanto Institute issued a report exposing the activities of an organization which received a $35,000 grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).  According to the report, the Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) launched its own gay straight alliance in 2014, participated in a homosexuality activism coordination event in 2013, and its director of operations signed a letter supporting same-sex marriage.

“CCHD grant guidelines are very clear.  CCHD says it will not fund organizations which are taking actions in violation of Catholic moral teaching,” said Michael Hichborn, president of the Lepanto Institute.  “This is just one more in the long list of failures in the CCHD’s self-proclaimed rigorous screening process.”

The CCHD’s grant guidelines state, “Organizations that receive CCHD funds must not participate in or promote activities that contradict the moral and social teachings of the Catholic Church.”  The Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2357 specifically states, regarding homosexual acts, “under no circumstances can they be approved.”

“What’s perplexing is that in 2012, The Reform CCHD Now coalition sent a profile on the problems with NWBCCC to the Archdiocese of New York, and the response we received was that they decided not to fund that organization before we even sent them the letter,” said Hichborn.  “So, why are they funding them this year, now that it’s clear that things have gotten worse?”

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  • I am not only not contributing to the CCHD but also to my parish and diocese. That may sound wrong, but my parish and diocese now show the same consequentialist thinking on immigration as the USCCB. The diocesan paper is pure propaganda for illegal acts and shill for those who would corrupt marriage. There are plenty of other charities that can benefit from my tithe.
    Those who abuse the faithful should receive none of the fruits of our hard work. No more for those who play Hosea’s Harlot until they reform.

  • I have been a long time observer of the peace and social justice crowd at the USCCB. That group’s advocacy of the left wing democratic party platform (but I repeat myself) is of record. The CCHD is the financial play pen of the USCCB lefties. What I have not been able to determine is, aside from its enormous reliance on government lucre, how much USCCB funding comes from our collectin plates?

  • I NEVER contribute to the CCHD for the reasons stated in this article. I also wrote my pastor a letter explaining why I would not be contributing to our parish $6 million Capital Campaign. He was gung ho on having Jack Jezreel’s “Just Faith ” program in our parish & enthusiastically introduced “Just Faith ” graduates at Mass. I told him there was nothing Catholic about this “social justice ” program. My assertion was underscored when our bulletin announced the “Just Faith ” book club, where they were going to discuss Barbara Ehrenreich’s socialist tome, “Nickled & Dimed “. I explained that “discussing” the positive aspects of a Marxist, atheist, pro-abortion author had ZERO place in a Catholic parish & only reiterated my claim. Happily, we got rid of “Just Faith ” in our parish. Sadly, it moved two parishes away. Had a chat w/ that parish pastor, who tried to school me on “Catholic Social Teaching”. I tried to school him on naïveté and being a “useful idiot “.

  • I am going to print this article off and mail it to our new pastor in Des Peres, MO who
    encouraged his flock to support the CCHD via church bulletin last week-end.

    I suggest others do likewise. I fear good men have been misled regarding the
    CCHD.

    Back in 2009 our previous pastor wrote in our bulletin that he could not encourage us to contribute and never did thereafter.

  • My diocese of Springfield, Ill. opted out of CCHD a couple of years ago and replaced it with a diocesan collection that awards grants to local organizations — with the stipulation that organizations promoting abortion, contraception, same-sex civil marriage or other beliefs/practices contrary to the Catholic faith do not qualify. Other dioceses have done likewise:

    http://ct.dio.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=2629%3Aspringfield-diocese-no-longer-participating-in-cchd&tmpl=component&print=1

    This story from Life Site News lists 10 dioceses as of 2010 that had opted out:

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/at-least-10-bishops-passed-on-national-collection-for-us-bishops-social-j

  • I’m with ya brother’s and sister’s!

  • I am with Jeanne Rohl. “Not one thin dime.” It seems to be the only language the CCHD understands.

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  • I am disappointed that the USCCB’s promises in 2012 to correct and reform the CCHD failed to bear pure and wholesome fruit.

    The temptation to dabble in political activism has distracted our bishops from their essential duties. Instead of funding strangers with strange beliefs, has your bishop taught his flock the necessity of Christian citizens of a democratic republic to vote and vote with an informed Christian conscience? Has your bishop reminded his flock of the Ten Commandments, including the ones against murder and covetousness and how obedience to the Commandments should shape a Christian’s vote?

    There’s plenty in a bishop’s essential duties to keep him too busy to dabble in politics-by-proxy. When a bishop does his basic job, he’s making plenty of political statements, setting a political example, and moving his flock toward making politics but one expression of their faith in Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

  • Micha Elyi: “…has your bishop taught his flock the necessity of Christian citizens of a democratic republic to vote and vote with an informed Christian conscience? Has your bishop reminded his flock of the Ten Commandments, including the ones against murder and covetousness and how obedience to the Commandments should shape a Christian’s vote?”
    .
    Too many bishops have bought into Roe v. Wade, that the newly begotten child has no soul and therefore it is not murder. The unwanted pregnancy is a burden on the mother and increases the overpopulation.
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    The Immaculate Conception is the truth about the child and his soul. Divine Providence will care for overpopulation.
    .
    This is posted elsewhere: Assassinating the character of the newly begotten sovereign person by framing him as an invader, a parasite causing the death of the mother and the unwanted pregnancy, Roe v. Wade made a right of privacy to abort and kill the invader, the parasite, the unwanted pregnancy.

    Science has proved that the new individual cell has its own DNA. Metaphysics tells us that the new sovereign person has an immortal human soul endowed with free will, intellect, sovereign personhood, all unalienable human rights and the promise of eternal life.
    .
    The conjugal act invites the new life, the new individual person, a party to our constitutional posterity. The word “invite” means to offer life to another person. The man and the woman exercise the power of their sex to invite another person into life. When the unborn child is conceived, the parents become a mother and a father. As parents, the father and the mother must host their child, the testimony to and the evidence of their love…this is why marriage must be from love.

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Abortion Barbie is a Fake

Monday, January 20, AD 2014

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Wendy Davis, a\k\a Abortion Barbie, the Texas State Senator who won her Senate seat running as a pro-abort with the help of Ralph McCloud who was and is the head of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and who is campaigning for governor of the Lone Star State on the strength of her ultimately futile filibuster against restrictions on abortion passed by the Texas legislature, has presented herself as an up by her bootstraps feminist icon, going from being a teenage “single” Mom to Harvard Law School grad due solely to her own awesomeness.  The facts behind the fable, that she relied upon a man she later dumped, are a good deal less flattering.  Emily Zannoti at Naked DC gives us the golddigger behind the myth:

 

 

By “some facts,” the Dallas Morning News actually means, “basically everything.” The bones of the story are still intact, but when considering how to portray them to the media, Wendy glosses over some important details. A few highlights:

  • Wendy was actually 21, not 19, when she got a divorce from her first husband and had to move back into her parent’s trailer park home, where she lived only a few months before finding an apartment of her own for herself and her daughter. Now that might not seem like a big deal, but Wendy testified under oath, in a federal lawsuit regarding redistricting, that she was 19 when she got divorced. She’s lucky that wasn’t material to the case at hand, but she might want to think twice about volunteering incorrect information after she’s sworn to uphold the truth.
  • Jeff Davis, Wendy’s second husband, paid her way through Texas Christian University and then through Harvard Law School and cared for her first daughter and a second daughter they had shortly after they were married. He took out loans and cashed in his 401(K) to pay her way through school. They divorced in 2005, literally the day after Jeff Davis wrote his final check paying off her student loan:

Jeff Davis said that was right around the time the final payment on their Harvard Law School loan was due. “It was ironic,” he said. “I made the last payment, and it was the next day she left.

  • When she and Davis got a divorce (the court documents cite adultery on Wendy’s part but the final divorce decree makes no mention of any infidelity), she handed full custody of their daughter to her now ex-husband, stating that he was a “nurturing father” and that it was just “not a good time” for her. Because when you have shared children, the very first thing you think about when deciding on their future, is whether they fit in to your busy schedule. A future colleague would put Wendy’s priorities in perspective to the DMN:

“Wendy is tremendously ambitious,” he said, speaking only on condition of anonymity in order to give what he called an honest assessment. “She’s not going to let family or raising children or anything else get in her way.”

Basically, every country music song that’s ever come out of Texas was written about Wendy Davis.

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  • Again, Dr. Helen Smith (Mrs. Glenn Reynolds) on what is commonly called ‘feminism’: ‘women have options; men have obligations’.

    If the reporting is correct, it is unsurprising. Not one element of the above is irregular or out of place.

  • While the election is a long way off, it’s revealing that there isn’t a single poll
    that shows Davis with a lead. Most show her behind by ~15%.

    She’s enough of a hack that she’s trying to redefine herself as pro-life (!), but
    that’s a hard position to support when she’s most famous for filibustering
    pro-life legislation. And, of course, she’s receiving support from Planned
    Parenthood and Emily’s List– how she can spin herself as pro-life while she
    takes their largesse is beyond me.

    Personally, I’m happy to see the DNC and the pro-abortion crowd shovel their
    funds and their efforts into a doomed campaign. Greg Abbott needs to make
    sure that Texans know all about her unflattering past. Hers is a political
    career that needs to be strangled in the crib– a turn of phrase I think Ms. Davis
    can appreciate.

  • I so hope the election ends her miserable, cynical opportunism.

  • Hummmm. Another Alinsky devotee.

  • I so hope the election ends her miserable, cynical opportunism.

    Oh, it will be ongoing, just out of public view. Unfortunately, she’s aging well and has a law license, so should be able to keep it up longer than most.

  • I truly feel sorry for Barbie

  • “the very first thing you decide upon is whether they fit into your busy schedule”
    What her child must feel reading this, I don’t want to imagine.

    I pray for you in America, that this woman does not climb further up the political ladder.

    We had an Emily Lister run our country for a number of years, here in Australia. She wasn’t elected into the position, she “rolled” the then PM Kevin Rudd, in a leadership challenge (our politically system unfortunately allows a leadership change during their term).

    Julia Gillard was staunchly pro-choice, a feminist (for all the wrong reasons), she lived in a de facto relationship, she was unapologetically opportunistic (I’d rather reserve the word “ambitious” for the truly aspiring) and she ran our Nation to the ground. She’s gone thankfully. Strangely enough she was against same-sex “marriage”- perhaps because she might have been against marriage itself.

    The opportunistic female is a force to be feared. Pray she is hindered by an intelligent electorate.

  • As most of the Lamestream Media is making a fuss about a New jersey bridge and Christie’s TV commercials, this empty skirt has virtually no chance of getting elected in Texas.

    Ditching her husband after he paid for her student loans and dumping their daughter on him is disgusting. That makes her a typical Democrat and I think most of the Texas electorate has little use for typical Democrats.

  • Why am I laughing so hard at this woman’s pathetic behavior? Probably since there were many who have voted and will vote for he BECAUSE of her behavior!

  • Fake resume.
    Fake nose.

    As Instapundit would say: “It’s Potemkin villages all the way down with these people.”

  • The real story here is about Ralph McCloud, “who was and is the head of Catholic Campaign for Human Development”. Is there no end to the scandal that emanates from that Catholic bishop-adored and -promoted radically extreme coven of apostates?

  • EZ writes, “…The opportunistic female is a force to be feared. Pray she is hindered by an intelligent electorate…”
    .
    More on point….The opportunistic MALE OR FEMALE is a force to be feared. Pray HE OR SHE is hindered by an intelligent electorate…”
    .
    Wendy Davis’ actions are despicable, not because she is a woman, but because she allegedly used other innocent human beings as a means to an end, thus advancing her own self intereste agenda at their expense and to their sole detriment.
    .
    Both men and women have practiced this malicious form of con artistery through the ages. Anyone who uses another solely as a means is wrong.

  • …which is why I stopped giving $$$ to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (the acronym CHD is the same for coronary heart disease, so that should be an omen).

  • Slainte- yes you are correct, men and women have acted horribly in their scramble for money and power.

    But, being a woman myself I actually consider my standards quite basic- 1. nurture the soul you brought into the world 2. treat the man who fathered your children with common decency, rather than a stepping stone.

    An opportunistic woman who emotionally castrated her husband, by dumping him like trash immediately following the finality of her school fees is nothing more than a b$&@.

    And a woman, who is meant to nurture, protect and raise her child, but instead throws her own flesh and blood away like its nothing, is an even bigger b$&@?.

    I can not imagine a man acting in a more disgusting fashion- other than actually holding a gun to his wife and child’s head, and shooting them dead.

    This opportunistic low-life who is now promoting the killing of the unborn is utterly devoid of a human soul. The public are fools to think packaging this person with blonde hair in a fitted pink suit could make her any less disgusting than she already CLEARLY is.

    She needs ALOT of prayers!

  • I wonder if the pro-choicers will get heat for running inexperienced, poorly-vetted candidates for major office?

  • Sickening. Absolutely sickening. Pure Unadulterated “Me-ism.” I’m sad to say that this is not the first time such behavior has been noted among women in politics. We had a US representative, Blanche Lincoln Devine to run for her house seat, again, ostensibly to stay home & care for her new born twins (all of the polls said that she was going to be defeated if she ran.). 18 months later she was running for US Senate-right in the middle of some of her twins’ most formative years & was in the Senate for more than one term unroll the Tea Party successfulky took that US senate seat away from her because of her liberal voting record & her support for Obamacare.

    I remember being confronted by a liberal Democrat Party leader (an older woman) in the Southern region of our state the first time that Lincoln ran for senate–the Democrat leader indicated that I was betraying my sex by supporting a prolife male candidate against this pro abortion female candidate. I pointed out to the Democratic leader that a US senator flies all over the country & has 16 hour days on a regular basis–& since Lincoln’s husband was an obstetrician there would be no one to care for the children. The Democratic leader told me that those children could be put in a good day care just like everyone else’s children. I retorted to the Democrat that Blanche Lincoln’s children would never be put in a day care like a regular person’s children because Lincoln was one of the “elite.” The Democrat knew she would lose a discussion about her candidate’s elitist status as all of those listening to the discussion who were registered voters were most definitely NOT members of the elite.

    My point is–to such people–their values (or lack thereof) lead them to consider family & children as having ancillary status to the center of their lives–THEY are the center of their. As one campaign chairman so apply put it–“politicians have families for show.”

  • Please forgive my mistakes in that post–I am on my cell phone typing–however I think u can glean the point I am making.

  • I agree Barbara- and you questioned them to their face, and didnt like it.

    You see the left never want to be considered one of the “Elite”- in their mind they’re “one of the people”, when in reality they are forefront and centre of the “elite”, they just won’t admitt it.

    They prey on the idea of the “battler”, but they probably have never had to battle anything in their life- more like peddlers and hustlers. They’re frauds and fakes.

  • And the chick had a nanny too!:
    http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20140118-as-wendy-davis-touts-life-story-in-race-for-governor-key-facts-blurred.ece
    “I was a nanny for the Davis children during Wendy Davis’s senior year at TCU and continued in touch with the family while she was at Harvard. There are inaccuracies in this story. While Wendy Davis was at Harvard, some of the time Amber lived with her and attended a private Boston school and Dru lived with her as well. Jeff Davis and his parents lived together during part of this period, and the three of them cared for Dru and sometimes Amber. The last year of law school, Wendy attend SMU with permission from Harvard Law School and lived with her children and husband Jeff. While she lived in Boston, Wendy also flew home for weekends frequently to be with her family. She was a caring, loving, and concerned mother when I was her children’s nanny; to weigh my judgment, it might help readers to know that I worked for child protective services (then child welfare) for 12 years.
    I’ve had experiences since with Wendy Davis on a non-profit board and continued to be an acquaintance of her and her daughters subsequent to the Davis divorce. While at Dru’s high school graduation party, I talked with another guest who had lived in the trailer park with Wendy and other guests, some with influence and money, and others who were working class. Wendy thought to invite me to the party even though I cared for Dru 16 years earlier. Somehow this article was spun to where her warmth and inclusivity were missing.”

PopeWatch: Adam Shaw and Ralph McCloud

Tuesday, December 10, AD 2013

 

VATICAN-POPE-AUDIENCE

Last week Adam Shaw of Fox launched a blistering attack on Pope Francis.

Pope Francis is undergoing a popularity surge comparable to the way Barack Obama was greeted by the world in 2008. And just as President Obama has been a disappointment for America, Pope Francis will prove a disaster for the Catholic Church.

My fellow Catholics should be suspicious when bastions of anti-Catholicism in the left-wing media are in love with him.

Much is being made of his ‘compassion’ and ‘humility,’ but kissing babies and hugging the sick is nothing new. Every pope in recent memory has done the same, yet only now are the media paying attention. Benedict XVI and John Paul II refused to kowtow to the liberal agenda, and so such displays of tenderness were under-covered.

But Francis is beating a retreat for the Catholic Church, and making sure its controversial doctrines are whispered, not yelled – no wonder the New York Times is in love.

Just like President Obama loved apologizing for America, Pope Francis likes to apologize for the Catholic Church, thinking that the Church is at its best when it is passive and not offending anyone’s sensibilities.

In his interviews with those in the left-wing media he seeks to impress, Francis has said that the Church needs to stop being ‘obsessed’ with abortion and gay marriage, and instead of seeking to convert people, “we need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us.”

This softly-softly approach of not making a fuss has been tried before, and failed. The Second Vatican Council of the 1960’s aimed to “open the windows” of the Church to the modern world by doing just this.

The result was the Catholic version of New Coke. Across the West where the effects were felt, seminaries and convents emptied, church attendance plummeted, and adherence to Church doctrine diminished.

Go here to read the rest.  In addition to working for Fox, Shaw used to be a writer for Catholic News Service.  PopeWatch says used to be, because he has been fired:

Tony Spence, editor in chief of the wire service commented on the firing:

“(W)hen he penned the recent piece on Pope Francis, comparing him to President Obama, and presenting it as an op/ed, he seriously compromised his credibility as an objective Catholic journalist for CNS. Had Adam merely reported on the pope’s apostolic exhortation, even citing unflattering sources, there would have been no problem. However, Adam’s caustic condemnation of the exhortation and of Francis himself, one of the key figures we cover daily with objectivity, fairness and certainly charity, left me little choice but to end his service with us.”

PopeWatch understands this firing.  Catholic News Service is a financially independent arm of the USCCB, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  As in any organization, if you publically criticize the boss you had better polish up your resume first.  What PopeWatch cannot understand is why the USCCB has allowed Ralph McCloud to continue as head of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development even though, as head of that organization, he simultaneously served as campaign treasurer for pro-abort uber alles Wendy Davis when she first ran for her state senate seat in Texas.  Go here to read all about it.  Why the double standard?  PopeWatch is puzzled!

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  • Yes. Mr. McCloud probably raises mucho dinero for the Bishops as head of the CCHD. Note he was campaign TREASURER for Davis. Mr. Shaw just specializes in truth-detection (reporting). And here I thought the Church was supposed to be about Truth, not $$$.

  • Why the double standard? The fact that the CCHD even still exists should answer all you need to know about the USCCB and its reporting arm, CNS.

  • While I might be a bit slower to jump to the conclusion that there is a conscious double standard at work here, the question remains, and needs to be heard and responded to by the USCCB. The CCHD at its beginning was very careful about who and what agencies received its funding from Catholics in America. I am not so sure that the same care is at work.

    What I see is just one more example of two distinct groupings within the Church-at least in America (I do not want to use the term ‘ideology’ in terms of these two groups). One group I like to say, emphasizes Lumen Gentium, the identity of the Church, keeping what are commonly referred to as ‘personal morality’ issues: pro-life, pro-traditional marriage etc. The other grouping focuses on Gaudium et Spes, the Church in the Modern World and emphasizes the social issues, work with the poor, homeless etc. Both groups tend to favor polticians and political causes who and which best further their focus. Both are at Sunday Mass in almost every parish in this country. They are not rejecting Church teaching-in the first group’s case-on social issues; the second group is not dissenting from Church teaching on pro-life, pro-family issues. It is a matter of focus and where they place their energy.

    Two problems arise from these distinctions. First too often each side sees the other as ‘poorer Catholics’ and question the other. The second problem arises when they seek to bring their focus into the social/political arena. Both groupings can really end up with strange ‘bed fellows’, if either group took the time to really look at the ones they are backing.

Texas, Satan and Gosnell

Saturday, July 13, AD 2013

 

 

Well, after  all the sturm und drang of the Wendy Davis filibuster, Davis of course being the pro-abort Democrat Texas State Senator elected into office with the help of Ralph McCloud, director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, pro-aborts saluting their dishonorary leader, Satan, and pro-abort thugs having confiscated from them bricks, feces and urine that they intended to throw at Texas state legislators, the bill banning almost all abortions after 20 weeks has passed:

 

After a day filled with pro-abortion threats, pro-life people hiding in secure areas of the capitol fearing for their safety, jars of feces and urine and protestors disrupting the Senate proceedings, democracy finally prevailed.

Members of the state Senate approved the bill to ban late-term abortions on a 19-11 margin on second reading. The chamber then approved the bill in third reading by the same 19-11 vote.

The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks and hold abortion clinics accountable by making them meet basic health and safety standards that have closed facilities in other states that are unable to comply. The bill also requires all abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety regulations as an ambulatory surgical center, requires a doctor providing abortions to secure admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and lastly, requires a doctor to personally administer the abortion-inducing drugs to the patient.

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  • Bravo Texas.

  • This shows what vile people these pro-abortion advocates really are. The filth from their private parts which they intented to throw on the legislators matches the filth they have in their souls.

  • She was elected “with the help of Ralph McCloud, director of Catholic Campaign for Human Development”????!! Wasn’t that apostate band forced to drop the Catholic part from their name? Or am I just dreaming that would happen?

  • Human sacrifice is the ultimate devil worship, especially innocent children. So, “Hail Satan” is the truth coming out.

  • “or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” First Amendment. Inciting to riot and mob mentality with bricks and other obscenities is not peaceable assembly and these interlocutors had no civil right to use the public square for their promotion of human sacrifice.

  • ” a case that focused the nation on the humanity of the unborn.”

    The nation focuses on reality TV, not reality. The Gosnell case received nearly no major media coverage. The polls are either inaccurate or the people are reacting emotionally, i.e. not from a firm bedrock of principles, or from the little moral conscience left. They can be swayed into a belief and understanding of what it means to pro-life, and I hope so. But until the cause is firmly planted in the mind and heart, they can easily be swayed back. The Democrats just haven’t figured out a way to buy their conscience on this issue yet.

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  • Way too cynical Kyle. If you were correct we might as well pack it in and go hide in caves. I actually think the reverse is true: our current hedonism uber alles culture is a hot house plant that requires reinforcement continually from the mainstream media, academia and the entertainment industry. Think about it. All of these major organs of our culture have been in the control of our enemies since Roe and half the nation is against abortion. That is a monumental achievement. If I were our culture war adversaries I would be worried long term, especially since they abort so many who might well be members of their ranks.

  • “The Gosnell case received nearly no major media coverage.”

    You hit the nail on the head. That’s the reason the execrable left so fears (weak as it is) FOXNews and (gasp) the Koch brothers gaining control of a major news outlet.

    “Orwell wrote: “Without a free press, it is impossible not merely to appeal to outside opinion, but to bring a mass movement into being, or even to make your intent known . . . ” Replace the word “free” with “unbiased

  • How about starting a petition going to the Bishops, individually, and to the USCCB. Clean up the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the Catholic Relief Services or resign yourself if you cannot do your job better than this. See LifeSiteNews.com “Catholic Relief Services gave over $13 million to pro-abortion group in 2012”.
    The dumbest reason to end up in hell is for sticking up for someone else’s sin. In the case of abortion that would not be taking part in that particular sex act, not making any money off of it as you are not the pimp, abortionist, paid-off politician, worker for a pro-abort organization, etc. yet still backing those who are and helping them continue in their sins. Sounds like one could end up in hell, waiting for your friends to show up while they realize their sin, confess and end up in Heaven. Poor, lonely you.

  • When the pro-abort forces yelled “Hail Satan,” that showed the true spirit behind their evil cause.

  • the inhumanity of abortion . How can one human being do that to another and walk away like nothing happened ? its beyond me. all i can think of is how they crucified Jesus, the cruelty of what nations have done to each other, how our children are treated. how will we pay for letting this happen ? that should scare all of us.

  • To Gov. Perry and the legislatures who are trying to protect life, I say, remember what Jesus said, “Blessed are you when they persecute you for your reward will be great in Heaven!”

  • While I find abortion murder, this is a bit of a stretch. I only heard one girl at the end say “hail Satan”

  • There’s a battle for souls going on.

    Every once in awhile, it bursts through the Veil, and becomes visible.

    This is one of them.

  • Has anyone seen the attack on our Blessed Mother in a facebook sight? Horribly anti Catholic as well. The evil one is prowling about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Our Bishops need to be held accountable for their lack of leadership, their lack of guiding their priests.

  • Patty Morris, I wouldn’t know how to start a petition, I’m one of those nearly-internet-illiterate old crocks, but I thought your comment so good I sent it to the USCCB.

    In other news, at locutions.org there is a passage promising that if we can do away with abortion in our country, it will be spared the worst of the chastisements the rest of the world can expect. (Economic collapse, unfortunately, is not one of those chastisements. We did that to ourselves.)

  • d says:
    Friday, July 19, 2013 A.D. at 4:36pm

    While I find abortion murder, this is a bit of a stretch. I only heard one girl at the end say “hail Satan”
    – See more at: http://the-american-catholic.com/2013/07/13/texas-satan-and-gosnell/#sthash.pDc7eTs9.dpuf
    ______________________
    so what.
    perhaps you were in the wrong area –
    it’s all up and public on youtube and there is more than one one voice
    but if you were there you would have heard and witnessed the commotion.

  • as for gosnell ? TX has their own named Karpen.

Head of CCHD Was Treasurer For Pro-Abort Candidate

Wednesday, June 26, AD 2013

(This post is from January of 2011.  The Texas State Senator Wendy Davis  who led the filibuster against the Texas law banning abortion after 20 weeks, go here to read all about it, is the same Wendy Davis in this story.  Remember this and never give one thin dime to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.)

 

In a dog bites man story, and an example of good blog journalism, Creative Minority Report has broken the news that the head of the CCHD, Ralph McCloud, while he was head of the CCHD, was the campaign treasurer for pro-abort Wendy Davis in her successful run in 2008 for the Texas State Senate:

While the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has come under well deserved scrutiny for supporting groups such as ACORN and groups with ties to promoting abortion, CMR has uncovered that Ralph McCloud, while heading the CCHD in 2008, was simultaneously working as a highly placed campaign official for a pro-choice politician seeking to unseat a pro-life politician.

As you likely know, CCHD is the bishops’ anti-poverty program which funds community organizing and economic development projects and has been at the center of a number of controversies. Ralph McCloud was named head of the CCHD in November 2007. In his first year as head of the CCHD, according to public records, McCloud also worked as the Treasurer for Planned Parenthood endorsed Democrat Wendy Davis.

Why would the director of the CCHD, during his tenure as head of an ostensibly Catholic institution act as champion and treasurer of a campaign for a pro-abortion politician seeking to oust a pro-life politician? This is the textbook definition of scandal.

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s website, “the CCHD fully upholds the Church’s teaching on the sanctity of human life from conception through natural death.” But acting as Treasurer for a pro-choice politician means that every single yard sign, every press release, every brochure or pamphlet of the Davis campaign had Ralph McCloud’s name on it. So in short, while heading up the CCHD, McCloud was very publicly working against the stated goals of the organization he oversaw.

Isn’t that a bit confusing to Catholics? Isn’t that in itself a scandal to the faithful?

McCloud himself labeled questions about another CCHD employee John Carr’s commitment to the pro-life cause “very disturbing allegations” which he believed were unfounded. CMR believes it to be equally disturbing that McCloud would work for a campaign garnering donations from Annie’s List (a pro-choice PAC), Planned Parenthood and ACORN. So pro-choice was the Davis campaign that in fact, Annie’s List, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Davis in 2008 while McCloud worked as Treasurer. The group even gave a spirited endorsement of the pro-choice Davis, who succeeded in defeating her pro-life opponent.

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Head of CCHD Was Treasurer For Pro-Abort Candidate

Thursday, January 20, AD 2011

In a dog bites man story, and an example of good blog journalism, Creative Minority Report has broken the news that the head of the CCHD, Ralph McCloud, while he was head of the CCHD, was the campaign treasurer for pro-abort Wendy Davis in her successful run in 2008 for the Texas State Senate:

 While the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has come under well deserved scrutiny for supporting groups such as ACORN and groups with ties to promoting abortion, CMR has uncovered that Ralph McCloud, while heading the CCHD in 2008, was simultaneously working as a highly placed campaign official for a pro-choice politician seeking to unseat a pro-life politician.according to public records, McCloud also worked as the Treasurer for Planned Parenthood endorsed Democrat Wendy Davis.Annie’s List,raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Davis in 2008 while McCloud worked as Treasurer. The group even gave a spirited endorsement of the pro-choice Davis, who succeeded in defeating her pro-life opponent.

As you likely know, CCHD is the bishops’ anti-poverty program which funds community organizing and economic development projects and has been at the center of a number of controversies. Ralph McCloud was named head of the CCHD in November 2007. In his first year as head of the CCHD,

Why would the director of the CCHD, during his tenure as head of an ostensibly Catholic institution act as champion and treasurer of a campaign for a pro-abortion politician seeking to oust a pro-life politician? This is the textbook definition of scandal.

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s website, “the CCHD fully upholds the Church’s teaching on the sanctity of human life from conception through natural death.” But acting as Treasurer for a pro-choice politician means that every single yard sign, every press release, every brochure or pamphlet of the Davis campaign had Ralph McCloud’s name on it. So in short, while heading up the CCHD, McCloud was very publicly working against the stated goals of the organization he oversaw.

Isn’t that a bit confusing to Catholics? Isn’t that in itself a scandal to the faithful?

McCloud himself labeled questions about another CCHD employee John Carr’s commitment to the pro-life cause “very disturbing allegations” which he believed were unfounded. CMR believes it to be equally disturbing that McCloud would work for a campaign garnering donations from Annie’s List (a pro-choice PAC), Planned Parenthood and ACORN.

Go here to read the rest at Creative Minority Report.

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  • Other lessons:

    Reform of the CCHD is irrelevant. It is what it was designed to be, and is fulfilling its purpose perfectly.

    Peace is a good thing. Justice is a good thing (and a virtue). But when anyone says “peace and justice ministry” with a straight face, run the other way.

  • Reminds me of something I once said…
    The Lament of a Faithful Laity
    The really sickening thing about this is to realize it could have all been avoided had a good portion of misled “Social Justice” Catholics and the USCCB who were more dedicated to political correctness than Biblical truth and more fearful of Federal lawmakers than the voices of their flocks had used common sense guided by facts and traditional values in evaluating candidates. And in particular one Doug Kmeic, (now Obama’s appointed ambassador to Malta) who used his status as and elitist in catholic doctrine to conger a guilt complex on any of the faithful who would waste a chance to vote for a minority president regardless of his lack of experience or his vague past and highly questionable background and associations.

  • Some have called the USCCB the “Democratic Party at prayer.” In view of the above, will they now call it “pro-aborts at prayer” (or PP)?

  • Tom,

    I think that is correct.

    The majority probably are sanctimonious socialists, progressive humanists with nearly complete disrespect for things Spiritual.

    That (D) behind they paste behind their names; it stands for damnation.

  • I had a dream. In it I received a letter from my bishop.

    It read, in part. “The Catholic bishops of the United States have designated January 22 as a special day of prayer and penance in reparation for voting for democrat candidates without which could not have been committed millions of killings that resulted from the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision (handed down January 22, 1973) which permits the murder of unborn babies throughout pregnancy.”

Is Bishop Roger Morin Mendaciously Defending CCHD?

Thursday, November 19, AD 2009

Bishop Roger Morin is the Chair of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Subcommittee that directs the CCHD.  In theory the CCHD works towards ending poverty and injustice in the United States by basically offering grants to organizations that support these goals.  But reality is far harsher than what is written.

Numerous organizations have investigated the CCHD and have uncovered many nefarious groups that are diametrically opposed to the teachings of Jesus.  Many of these groups promote abortion to ‘gay marriage’.  What is striking is that the CCHD doesn’t do anything to end the funding unless a very bright light is shined on them such as the case with ACORN.

Bishop Roger Morin continues to issue memorandums defending CCHD’s vetting process and grants.  Yet time and time again he has been proven unequivocally wrong.  From the Young Workers United to the Chinese Progressive Association, CCHD apparently sees no evil… anywhere.

Is Bishop Roger Morin being mendacious in his continual defense of the indefensible.  I am having a really hard time believing that he could be so obtuse to such an important matter as this.

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  • With so many Catholic charitable organizations, why is yet another overreaching organization necessary? Except perhaps to provide jobs for the bureaucrats in the USCCB?

    And what is “human development”? Does it not sound like one of those philanthopically mush words, with no specifics? I recall J.D. Rockefeller’s Committee for Uplift”.

    Is not the Church chiefly concerned with salvation?

  • Four words: Saint Vincent (de) Paul Society (SVDS).

    Their Catholic and they do fine social work.

    Give the money you normally give to CCHD to SVDS.

  • Charity is one side of the coin. Another is justice. And while I realize that many conservatives and Republicans seem to prefer charity as a way of keeping people in their place, the fact is that when the poor have authentic political advocacy, people can be permanently lifted out of poverty. If for no other reason that they in turn can help others.

    That said, the local SVDS is a worthy charity. Giving there is an improvement over pocketing the CCHD money for oneself.

    As for the post, another conservative Catholic calls another bishop a liar. Yawn.

  • Todd,

    I’m reporting what the good bishop is doing.

    And I’m Catholic first, conservative second, third or fourth.

    You need to remember that we are Catholics before we are anything else.

  • Holy smokes are you harsh on Morin.

    It seems the CA contacts, not surprisingly, gave some money to groups that when exposed, were de-funded. Outside of CA though, it does not seem to be a widespread problem, as there are almost no examples. It is not surprising that this is true in CA or that a few examples, given the number of groups that receive funding. occur. Even the highest diligence can result in errors-many of us have heath insurance plans that we did not know cover abortion; many of us shop at companies that support one or more causes we Catholics oppose.

    Perhaps that’s enough to make you concerned about making a donation to CCHD and I don’t care whether you donate or not. But that Morin’s skull ought to pave the road to hell? Absolutely no evidence that he deserves that kind of bashing. As a layman and a Catholic, you owe a bishop (or any other human being for that matter) far greater deference.

  • “the fact is that when the poor have authentic political advocacy, people can be permanently lifted out of poverty.”

    I’d say the trillions in anti-poverty efforts by government since the Great Society demonstrates how well unearned government handouts work in lifting anyone out of poverty.

  • Michael D.,

    Excellent point, but when this sort of thing has been going on for many years. And when the CCHD ignores others (like ourselves) who point out the error of their ways and yet they still ignore, then that is a totally different animal.

    As Todd has so clearly and ironically demonstrated that the CCHD seems more partisan than Catholic. Their blind loyalty to everything in the Democratic Party platform has jaded them to the point of being laughable.

    Laughable meaning reading Bishop Morin continously defend the indefensible.

    Believe me I have deference. You’ll know it’s me when you see me bend to my knee to kiss Cardinal DiNardo’s ring in a busy airport. I’m not ashamed of being Catholic.

    Unlike Bishop Morin who will find any excuse in the book to stick to the Democratic Party platform Catholic teaching be damned.

  • But is Morin defending the indefensible? He’s arguing the indefensible does not apply to this situation, and that the CCHD is committed to making sure the indefensible does not occur.

    You can disagree with that statement, as it’s a statement of fact. But it seems to me that Morin here has good intentions and if nothing else pushes that standard that the CCHD must hold the groups it funds accountable and needs to improve in carrying out that mission.

  • Defend the indefensible?

    Like when I suggested to you to move to Houston?

  • I am making a point of giving an extra large donation to the CCHD development this year, to counter those whose bizarre and Beckian acorn-fixation has trumped their support of a key Church program. I would note that despite its reputation in secular right-wing circles, “community activism” has a long history in Catholic social teaching. We call it subsidiarity. I would also note that the call for Catholics to donate to the CCHD stands at the top of the USCCB’s website. In my own diocese, it was the subject of a heart-felt letter by Bishop Knestout.

  • Actually I will be giving my money to Salt and Light radio which my diocesan newspaper strangely ran an editorial that was negative. Also that will go for the money I usually give to the annual Bishop’s appeal. Still doing good – just in a different way and in a way I can specify.

  • Tony, since you are a Leftist, of course you approve of the funding choices made over the years by the CCHD. Lord only knows why any other Catholic should.

    http://bellarmineveritasministry.org/

  • Here is something else that I have always considered odd about CCHD: why in the world is the Catholic Church in this country funding groups that are not Catholic? There are legions of Catholic groups in this country helping the poor. Why not fund them? For the answer, read what Father Neuhaus wrote last year:

    “What most Catholics don’t know, and what would likely astonish them, is that CHD very explicitly does not fund Catholic institutions and apostolates that work with the poor. Part of the thinking when it was established in the ideological climate of the 1960s is that Catholic concern for the poor would not be perceived as credible if CHD funded Catholic organizations. Yes, that’s bizarre, but the history of CHD is bizarre. The bishops could really help poor people by promptly shutting down CHD and giving any remaining funds to, for instance, Catholic inner-city schools. In any event, if there is a collection at your parish this month, I suggest that you can return the envelope empty—and perhaps with a note of explanation—without the slightest moral hesitation.”

    http://the-american-catholic.com/2008/11/13/not-one-dime/

  • That’s a true Catholic for you — deliberately give more money to anti-Catholic organizations just out of spite for other Catholics for not being leftists.

  • Suggesting mendacity is morally beyond the pale.

    If not slander it is at least detraction.

    Sins of this type require restitution. There’s a serious obligation to undo unjust harm done to another’s reputation.

    The eighth commandment is still operative, if I’m not mistaken.

  • I don’t think that I support the theory that Bishop Morin is being mendacious in his defense of the CCHD, nor the idea that he’s essentially doing it for resume material or visible credit. However, as I read around about the collection it strikes me as a rather poor idea that it specifically restricts itself to:

    a) Non-Catholic groups (groups that are specifically Catholic will not be funded by the CCHD, it’s purpose is to fund non-Catholic groups)

    b) Programs that do not seek to directly alleviate poverty (by providing food, housing, money, clothing, etc. to those in need) but rather to social programs which seek to change society in ways that will alleviate poverty in the long run.

    Particularly in light of the second, it strikes me as a bit dishonest that the marketing for the campaign this year is all focused around the current recession and “how long can you hold on” themes. The CCHD programs will specifically _not_ help families hold on and get back on their feet.

    In this regard, I think suggestions of focusing (especially this year) on Catholic programs that seek to directly help those in need (such as St.VdP) are entirely reasonable. Reading over the list of groups which were funded last year on the USCCB site, I see very few that I would choose to donate to over the charities that I already fund. And coming two weeks after the annual diocesan appeal (which I support very, very strongly) it’s not at a good time in our diocese anyway.

  • “Mendacious” well, it’s a nice Latin way of calling someone a liar.

    Still, this post has been up all day and Donald has likewise had all day to consider the distinction between charity and justice. And he still doesn’t get it. For an educated man, willful ignorance is a sorry sight to see.

  • “For an educated man, willful ignorance is a sorry sight to see.”

    Actually Todd some of the most willfully ignorant individuals I have encountered during my life have been the best educated. Those without much formal education I have generally found to be eager to learn. As to charity and justice they are both essentially about love, and a key element of love is truth and not pleasing illusions about bishops or collections.

  • the fact is that when the poor have authentic political advocacy, people can be permanently lifted out of poverty

    When people have their health and acquire trade skills they can be permanently lifted out of poverty.

  • I am giving my money… wait a minute… never mind. Maybe next year…

  • Todd,

    When overwhelming evidence is showing how much evil these organizations do and the good bishop is willfully ignoring it, then he’s causing scandal.

    Donald,

    I agree. The most educated always find creative and innovative ways to lie through their teeth. Hoping that they find moral loopholes and ethical backdoors to continue lieing through their teeth.

  • Is Bishop Roger Morin Mendaciously Defending CCHD?

    IMHO YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Personally, I’m not getting too worked up over this. I agree with those who say that organisations that are not Catholic but help serve the poor (and in ways other than strictly soup kitchens, etc.) are worthy recipients. IKnowing mankind and burocracies, I think erros inevitable. The key questions are: are errors identified as such and acted on in ernest? What measures are taken to prevent them in the future. Tied to the later, was the issue really just an error or was it something endemic or nefarious?

    Frankly, I don’t think it is uncharitable or unreasonable to question the program or the judgment of those who run the operation. Excluding Catholic organisations strikes me as terribly imprudent and contrary to our the mission of the Church, which is in part to serve. The selection of some of these organisations is horrific and I can’t believe they were done in ingnorance. This is indeed a problem and IMO the only possible correction is to revisit the mission and operating plan, and start from ground up again.

  • Charity and justice are two different but complementary things. I would venture to suggest that while charity (tending to individual, immediate, short-term needs) is an area where church leaders and church institutions do well, justice (tending to the long-term needs of society) is more the job of the laity.

    Pope John Paul II more or less acknowledged that when he banned priests from running for public office — he was saying it’s not their job, that belongs to lay people exercising their properly formed convictions.

    C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity also said in a chapter about how “the Church” is supposed to lead the way in creating a just society, that this can be understood in two ways. If it means that active Christians ought to become politicians, business leaders, etc. and devote themselves to putting Christian principles into action, that is true.

    But if it means “the bench of bishops getting together to put out a political program,” that is wrong and silly, just as expecting Christian literature to come from priests and bishops writing plays and novels in their spare time, rather than from talented writers and poets who also happen to be Christians, would be silly.

    With that in mind, I think CCHD represents the official Church hierarchy trying to do something they were not really called to do.

  • “Tony, since you are a Leftist, of course you approve of the funding choices made over the years by the CCHD. Lord only knows why any other Catholic should.”

    By your argument, Donald, the US bishops are leftists, and God knows why Catholics should support them on this one.

  • I have issues with some of the funding decisions which CCHD has made to the point that I probably won’t contribute this year. *But*, I enthusiastically support the idea of trying to address human development in a systemic fashion (cf. Caritas in Veritate in general on human development). I give a more of my annual tithe to organizations that provide direct service to those in need (e.g. SVdPS), but I’d like to be able to contribute to an umbrella organization that provides funds for systemic solutions, much like CCHD intends to do.

    Anyone have any recommendations?

  • Tony I have no doubt that some Bishops lean as far Left as you do. A bigger problem is that most of them pay no attention and let USCCB bureaucrats run the show and almost all of them are on the political Left. The whole purpose of the CHD is not to help the poor but rather to fund political pressure groups of the left. The ACORN funding was not a bug but a wad of this annual tithe that Catholic parishioners unknowing pay to the Left in this country.

  • The question arises: why is the good bishop refusing to go slowly in examining the organization being funded by CATHOLIC money? Is it right for the good bishop to complain about sheep who bleat? It is certainly not right for him to accuse them of bad faith.

    I note that in my diocese money is to be directed to Albuquerque Interfaith. This is a group founded by Saul Alinsky, whose underlying purpose is to organize for political action.

    Meanwhile we have FOOD FOR THE POOR, ALBUQUERQUE RESCUE MISSION, the various groups helping the local Indian reservations, PREGNANCY HELP and so on. These are small groups who do actually feed the poor, and advise about pregnancies and the like.

  • Gabriel, I don’t fault CCHD for not funding organizations that provide direct assistance… their mission is to address problems at a systemic & structural level, which often entails political involvement. I welcome such an intention… I only wish that CCHD didn’t so often fund organizations with views in opposition to Catholic doctrine.

  • Its so sad that at a time when we are closing catholic schools in the inner cities, we are also giving money to groups like these.

  • The problems with the CCHD can be found right in its granting process. It grants only to those organizations that have the “involuntary poor” on their boards of directors. This defies common sense. If the poor understood the “root causes” of poverty and knew the remedies for them, then (Hello) they wouldn’t be poor, would they.

    The poor in this country have largely been conditioned to believe that the solution to poverty is government handouts. Therefore, the action to take to end poverty would be to register the poor to vote for those politicians who will give the most government(taxpayer) funds to the poor. Hence you have ACORN who’s main work was voter registration as a recipient of CCHD funds.

    Also, I would like to say that it is very devious how the Bishops go about getting this money. They should make it clear that the money will not be used by the
    Church directly but given to secular groups to do the work they cannor or will not do. If the Bishops want the faithful to give to these groups, they should issue pastoral guidelins saying so, not collect money under false pretenses then redistribute the moeny to these groups. The Bishops should put out their list of recommended charities, then let us decide which onnes we wnt to donate to.

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  • Another November CCHD collection to which I did not contribute. I have only so much money, and that will go to charities that I am certain are unquestionably Catholic. CCHD is not one of those.

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Boycott Upcoming Catholic Campaign for Human Development Collection

Thursday, October 29, AD 2009

REFORM CCHD

There is a coalition of Catholic organizations that have formed that will be pushing for a nationwide boycott of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) called REFORM The Catholic Campaign For Human Development with a website.  The Sunday before Thanksgiving a collection is done by many parishes for CCHD.  Instead of donating money to an organization that is diametrically opposed to many teachings of the Catholic Church, submit the coupon that is at the top of this posting.

You can also download a PDF file and print it out yourself here.

The many scandals that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) never ceases to amaze.  It’s been well documented how insidious and diabolical CCHD is from funding ACORN to funding abortions.

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20 Responses to Boycott Upcoming Catholic Campaign for Human Development Collection

  • The Catholic Media Coalition has a two-minute YouTube video about CCHD that is a quick and easy way to warn Catholics about the collection. Pass it on.

  • I first learned of CCHD’s shennanigans after last year’s elections. I could have vomitted. We truly are our own worst enemies. I felt like leaving the Church, except there is no where better to go. These dopey bishops and priests who crave worldly acceptance are a terrible problem. I will print out a thousand of these coupons and start passing them out today.

  • Daledog,

    I intend to do the same at the more orthodox parishes.

  • Another beaut involving the Archdiocese of Chicago.

    http://tinyurl.com/yf4nhqe

  • Dear me, I’ve given to them in the past, vaguely supposing I was helping to feed and clothe the poor.
    Thank you for the tip.

    I am feeling a bit disheartened today. It’s bad enough that I no longer trust many secular institutions – the media and the people of both parties who supposedly represent my interests in DC – I have to bring that mistrust to Mass with me. I can’t trust that money given in a second collection will be used for good purposes. It’s very depressing.

  • Didn’t Jesus have something to say about making His Father’s House into a den of thieves?

  • I regret to say ican’t join the boycot.

    When a discussion of this group came up 10 or 15 yeras ago, just ignoring the accuations, the explantiohs provided by its supporters were so lame I decided I would rather give to other organazitions that at least promised to do somethng useful.

  • Hank,

    You can’t join the boycott, yet you give to other organizations that are not CCHD?

    OK, did I miss something or did you mistype?

  • I’m wondering if Hank quite understands what a boycott is. I’m guessing, from his comments, that he thinks it means ‘supporting’ a group.

  • Or perhaps he can’t BEGIN boycotting because he already started 10 years ago.

  • AKL’s second comment has it.

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  • We must not give to those organizations that are utilizing the money to do things that are against our believes and teachings.

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  • I have served on a committee for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. It is an outstanding organization from local committees to national. There are many checks and balances that insure Catholic teachings are upheld. They focus on de-institutionalizing poverty hence their slogan of a hand up rather than a hand out. I quadrupled my giving to them this past year and invite others to find out the truth and trust their money can find no better charity.

  • Paul A.,

    You and your cohorts are going to have to donate more than 4x the amount next year in your cooperation with evil.

    The more of a bright spotlight we put on CCHD, the more the cockroaches will finally be stamped out of it.

  • Paul said, “I…invite others to find out the truth and trust their money can find no better charity.”

    This is no doubt absolutely true if you are a pro-abortion, pro-homosexual leftwing liberal. Congratulations to the CCHD for pulling the wool over the eyes of faithful Catholics for so long.

  • Most devout Catholics would never knowingly support pro-abortion groups.

    Yet on November 21st, many Catholics throughout the Arlington Diocese will unwittingly donate to organizations that promote abortion, homosexual marriage, and contraception.

    That is because, despite the extensive publicity regarding CCHD’s funding of questionable groups, Bishop Paul S. Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington plans to go forward with the collection next month for CCHD.

    Most people already know that CCHD gave millions of dollars to ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) before news of ACORN’s scandalous activities made national headlines. However, many people are not aware that CCHD continues to fund dozens of similar groups that promote abortion, contraception, homosexual marriage and other activities that are in direct conflict with Church teachings.

    Hundreds of parishioners have already urged Bishop Loverde to withdraw his support of CCHD by signing the Prayerful Petition found at http://www.NoMoreCCHD.com We remain hopeful that Bishop Loverde will join other American bishops who have already withdrawn their support for CCHD.

    Sincerely,

    Jeffrey E. Knight

    466 Long Mountain Road
    Washington, VA 22747
    (540)675-1440