In September the USCCB released a document on the “Review and Renewal” of The Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
This Review and Renewal is putting in place stronger policies and clearer mechanisms to screen and monitor grants and groups to ensure that these past violations, though very limited, are not repeated. CCHD will do all it can to ensure that groups abide by these strengthened requirements and will act immediately and decisively if it is discovered that any group is violating these essential conditions for CCHD support.
Sounds good, but what about actual practice? Well in the same document they also praise one group.
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is an organization of Latino, and Haitian migrant farm workers in Florida. Working with the local diocese, the Florida Catholic Conference and many other groups, CIW has won groundbreaking agreements with major fast food chains to increase wages and improve better working conditions for their members who pick tomatoes.
This group participated in the US Social Forum 2010 (USSF) which sets as part of its national agenda abortion for low-income women, Marxism for the 21st Century (Young Communist League), and LGBT issues including “Radical Queer Festivals.” That they had participated in this was previously reported by Reform CCHD.
CCHD really needs a more radical reform and a look at how it sees its mission. CCHD does not directly fund any charities, but gives grants to groups involved in anti-poverty efforts. As long as this is true CCHD is going to cause scandal simply because it is exactly these types of groups that get themselves involved in an agenda that includes much more than anti-poverty efforts. The people who populate these groups seem to me to have a mindset identical to so many liberal groups. While a group might not personally be involved in activities contrary to Church teaching they are almost always sympathetic to them and will align themselves with such groups. There is very little variety in the types of groups that CCHD has funded which almost always have a more socialist view of economics and why poverty exists in the first place. Just reading over previous grant lists pretty much demonstrate this. CIW saw no inconsistency attending the Social Forum because they are fellow travelers.
So while I am certainly generalizing, it seems to me that as long as CCHD targets such groups for grants in the first place they will continue to cause scandal. It is a prudential question how much good these types of groups have actually achieved in the first place. I am certainly skeptical about this, but no expert on the subject.
From my own point of view I would much rather see such annual collections be directed by the local ordinary who would decide where such money could best serve the poor and other aspects of Catholic social teaching. This is what my bishop is doing since he replaced it with a “Diocesan Schools and Social Action Appeal.” I think this approach is much more effective and in keeping with subsidarity.
Bishop’s Document on CCHD Reform.
Reform CCHD Now Report.
After reading the document (working on a post) IMHO the whole thing is cosmetic, not a sincere attempt to reform the CCHD.
Aye Al, and like said, there are simply plenty of organizations that don’t have this kind of baggage to choose from. Let someone else have the ball.
I’ve only read about five pages of this document and if I might add my Canadian two cents worth and say that “IT” is a start and as long as we begin from the bottom up and repeat the process every day with Jesus The Christ in the “Centre” of our hearts Kingdom, then I believe that even some of The Evil Trinity’s boys and/or angels might even join the parade and remember to forgive them seven times seven just like Jesus said cause they can’t help themselves so because of that and other reasons, I must also say that anyone who gets involved should be prepared and make sure that in each of their heart of heart there really is a Flame of God Shining Brightly deep within cause “IT” does not matter how many Trillion so called human reality and/or spiritual outside cells not found who have teamed UP and created their own heaven, ” The Resurrection of Christ” will come running to receive The Baptism of Christ Born Again and I’m not just saying this because spiritually speaking if Christ came back a third time, I believe that He would find all kinds of animal gods in His Church and personally chase them out again but what ever is done as Christians, let’s make sure that “IT” is done “FOR THE LOVE OF CHRIST”.
Does that make any sense? 🙂
God Bless Peace
“Influence of Saul Alinksy on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development” by RealCatholicTV on the net does a great job digging into things.
The Bishops need to get out of politics completely if they wish to follow the required teachings in the “Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition” 2245 & 2246. The Church should not be involved in giving money to any groups who are not involved in the Saving of Souls or the Fundamental Rights of ALL men. Special interest groups are not part of the equation.
Every time I want to criticize the social justice types for being unorthodox, I get the sinking feeling that the orthodox should be criticized for abandoning the social justice activities.
“I get the sinking feeling that the orthodox should be criticized for abandoning the social justice activities.”
Susan, good point.
B. Marshwiggle, I’m not sure what I think of “social justice activities”. There are corporal works of mercy, care for the poor, etc., but it seems to me that it was Marx who introduced the worldview that the essence of society was a conflict between the ruling class and the oppressed, and that worldview gave birth to the concept of “social justice” as a good. Justice is clearly worth fighting for, but “social justice” sometimes is a euphemism for politicization.
The dilemma is, where ought we as Christians and the Church as the body of Christ be focusing our attention for the purpose of advancing the kingdom of God. If I’m in search of making justice and charity real, I’m not sure “social justice” approaches are the best way.
I hope I’m understanding your remark correctly.
Since the 300+ Staff of the USCCB has never been vetted for 100% guaranteed adherence to the “Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition”, and the CCHD and their other Social Justice groups have a documented history of providing funds to:
pro-gay lifestyle groups;
pro-excessive government interference groups (1883);
pro-Democratic Party causes;
not considering “SUBSIDIARITY”;
fake global warming (now called climate change for political reasons);
not considering 2245 and 2246 of the Catechism which clearly states that the Church is not to be confused in any way with the Political Community, and may only pass moral judgments except when the fundamental rights of man or the salvation of souls require it;
financially supporting Unions and other special interest groups which do not relate to the Salvation of souls and fundamental rights of all men.
Staffers have been closely linked to atheist George Soros, Drummond Pike and Wade Rathke (formerly of ACORN) TIDES, and Peter Lewis of Progressive Insurance.
– – – why does the Catholic Church even need a CCHD, or a few other of the USCCB’s Social Justice Committees?
All of the above activities violate the “CCC 2nd Ed”.
For reference and written documentation please see:
” OBAMA’S COUNTERFEIT CATHOLICS “, and the newest ” INFLUENCE of SAUL ALINSKY on the CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN for HUMAN DEVELOPMENT ” both by RealCatholicTV on the internet.
With all the time and energy the bishops have spent covering for CCHD, they could have by now started and gotten running a whole new social organization.
Jesus never said that the “Church” or his “Apostles (Bishops)” should help the poor on our behalf.
Jesus never said that the “Church” or his “Apostles” should love our neighbors on our behalf.
On judgement day we will stand alone.
Its best to give directly to a good Catholic Charity and cut out the bureaucracy,