Green Bay Bishop David Ricken has ordered Catholic parishes in the diocese to cut corporate ties to JOSHUA and other non-Catholic social justice organizations.
Ricken complimented the work being done by the Green Bay-based JOSHUA and the Appleton-based ESTHER, but he expressed concerns that, without Catholic oversight, the groups’ political positions could stray from Catholic teachings.
“An undesirable result of dual affiliations could be that a conflict could place our parishioners in a very difficult position of having to choose between their Catholic Church authority and another parallel organization,” Ricken said in a prepared statement. “Therefore, I am directing our parishes to withdraw their corporate membership in these organizations, effective July 1, 2011.”
A statement from the diocese cited an episode almost a year ago, in which an announcement from an abortion rights coalition appeared on ESTHER’s website. ESTHER staff removed the announcement shortly after it appeared, but the appearance raised Rickens’ concerns, and he met with ESTHER and JOSHUA leaders to discuss the issue.
ESTHER and JOSHUA are members of WISDOM, a statewide network of congregation-based social justice organizations. [Source]
These types of conflicts are going to continue to happen considering that the majority of these social justice umbrella groups are infected with supporters of abortion, homosexual acts, other aspects of the Culture of Death. Hopefully more bishops will become as proactive as Bishop Ricken to prevent such scandals and promote true Catholic social justice.
Last year the bishop had been working with ESTHER and JOSHUA suggesting that they cut ties with WISDOM, which obviously they were not willing to do.