FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
20 November 2009
CONTACT: Katie Walker
31 CCHD-FUNDED GROUPS SUPPORTED, TRAINED BY PRO-ABORTION, HOMOSEXUAL
CCHD Still in Denial as Nov. 22 Collection Approaches
Washington, DC (20 November 2009) – The following is a joint release of
American Life League, Human Life International and Bellarmine Veritas
As thousands of Catholic parishes across the country prepare for the
annual Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection Nov. 22, shocking
new developments have launched a groundswell of protest from Catholics
around the country.
A coalition including American Life League, Human Life International and
the Bellarmine Veritas Ministry have spent the last two months exposing
CCHD’s funding of organizations promoting abortion, homosexual marriage,
birth control and sex education.
In the last year alone, CCHD has funneled at least $1.3 million to groups
opposing Catholic teaching.
CCHD describes itself as the “domestic anti-poverty, social justice
program of the U.S. Catholic bishops.”
The coalition’s latest discovery exposes 31 organizations partnered with
Center for Community Change. CCC is a politically radical, anti-life,
pro-homosexualist organization whose board members include Heather Booth,
former consultant for the National Organization for Women and Sara Gould,
president and CEO of pro-abortion Ms. Foundation for Women.
Through their "Generation Change" program CCC trains and develops staff as
"community organizers" for their partner groups. CCC provides a resource
library with books promoting "reproductive freedom" and its "Movement
Vision Lab" equates access to abortion and "reproductive justice" with
seeking criminal justice. This project aims to build a "progressive
movement" with a "coherent, compelling, shared vision — one that
represents our values and dreams for society" according to the group.
“The connection is undeniable. There is no excuse for Catholic donations
going towards organizations trained and supported by groups diametrically
opposed to the Church,” said Michael Hichborn, lead researcher into CCHD
for American Life League. “Until CCHD proves grantees do not affiliate
with those who attack Church teaching, CCHD should not receive a single
CCHD annually collects between $7-9 million from parishes across the
country. This money is then redistributed to “community-controlled,
self-help organizations and through transformative education,” according
to their web site.
Since the coalition began the investigation at least two dioceses,
Allentown and Madison, have publicly announced they will not be
participating in the Nov. 22 collection. Gamaliel, one of the CCHD grantees
partnered with CCC, reports that five diocese have backed out of this
year's CCHD collection.
American Life League was cofounded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the
largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and
is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment
of creation to natural death. For more information or press inquiries,
please contact Katie Walker at 540.659.4942.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
American Life League: CCHD
Human Life International: Reform CCHD NOW
Bellarmine Veritas Ministry: CCHD
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American Life League
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