This weekend, the second collection at Mass in all parishes of the Catholic Church is for something called the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).
Last year, it was discovered that among the recipients of CCHD’s grants and donation is none other than ACORN. The fury of outraged parishioners led the CCHD to remove ACORN from its list of grantees.
The problem is there are many more CCHD grantees that are equally objectionable because their practices are entirely opposed to the Church’s teachings. One of them is Code Pink!!!!
So I’m appealing to you all to refrain from donating to the CCHD. Instead, download and print out this “No thanks” coupon and put it in the collection basket.
We must stand up for what is right. Sadly, it is only through withholding our donation that the Catholic Church will cleanse itself of accumulated muck.
God bless you!
Here’s an explanation of CCHD’s problematic grantees:
CCHD FUNDING DEBACLE CONTINUES TO GROW
By James Todd – PewSitter.com – Voice of the Catholic Lay Faithful
Yesterday ALL released detailing six additional organizations funded by CCHD that are engaging in anti-Catholic activities. Here is that list:
1) The Southwest Organizing Project ($45,000) encourages birth control through “comprehensive” sex education.
2) Chicago Workers Collaborative ($30,000) is listed with the Marxist group, International Socialist Organization, and participated in the Socialism 2009 conference by giving a presentation.
3) Voces de la Frontera ($50,000) promoted a homosexual campaign called “Gay Neighbor.org,” for ally group Equality Wisconsin.
4) Little Village Environmental Justice Organization ($40,000) promoted birth control and homosexual lifestyles in its newsletter to teens.
5) Massachusetts Community Labor United ($30,000) joined “Cure CVS Now” coalition to expand access to condoms.
6) Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center ($25,000) lists Cincinnati National Organization for Women, International Socialist Organization, and several pro-homosexual groups as “friends and colleagues” on its website.
Prior to ALL’s report we had started our own investigation of CCHD funding. Coincidentally one of the first organizations we looked at was one cited by American Life League: Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) in Cincinnati, OH.
In addition to what ALL is reporting, we also found that the IJPC continues to support Amnesty International even though the Church as broken all ties with this pro-abortion organization. Additionally AJPC shows as one of their allied organizations, the radical, far left, anti-war group Code Pink.
CCHD director Ralph McCloud told the Catholic News Service that groups are vetted through an approval process before receiving funding: “There are so many screens along the way. We have the local (committees) looking at the organization, the local diocesan director. The local bishops will sign off and endorse the organization. Then national staff will have interviews and interact with the group.”
“Given how easily we discovered CCHD funding going to anti-Catholic causes, the only two possibilities are that the CCHD is incompetent or complicit,” responded Michael Hichborn, American Life League’s lead researcher into CCHD funding said. “We’re finding more and more evidence every day with far less information than the CCHD receives through its granting process.”
Hichborn is correct. We were able to uncover the information cited above on the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center with only a small amount of Internet research. Moreover we are convinced, based upon our very cursory review, that a thorough review of all of the grantees in the 2009 CCHD funding list is necessary. Sadly, based upon the track record to date, one can safely assume that there will be a significant number of other organizations that engage in or support activities that are in opposition to the teachings of the Catholic Church that will be uncovered from a thorough vetting of grantees.
ALL and several other groups including, Human Life International, the Bellarmine Veritas Ministry, Catholic Radio International, Real Catholic TV and the Catholic Media Coalition have formed a group called, The Reform CCHD Now Coalition. This group is calling on Catholics everywhere to boycott the CCHD donation this Sunday by dropping our ‘No, Thank You” statement in the collection basket,’ said Hichborn. The “No Thank You” coupon can be found on the Reform CCHD website. Also on the website are a list of organizations serving and representing the poor in an authentically Christian way.
Based upon our brief review of the CCHD grantees for 2009 we support this call for withholding support for CCHD in Sunday’s collection in parishes throughout the U.S. Many, many Catholics who financially support the Church will be dismayed, disheartened and angry that the Church thru CCHD continues to fund organizations that engage a broad range of activities that are directly opposed Catholic teaching.