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Posturing while giving $5 million to contraception-providing and abortion-lobbying "Charity"

How about a "Fortnight for Apologizing to the Faithful" now?

From LifeSiteNews:

U.S. bishops’ relief agency gives $5.3 million to major contraception-providing charity


July 17, 2012 - In the epic battle between the American Catholic bishops and the Obama Administration over being forced to pay for contraceptive coverage, the efforts of the bishops have been undermined time and again by individual Catholics and Catholic entities that support contraception. One major example of this is within the Bishops’ own jurisdiction.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS), “the official overseas relief and development agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops” has recently given millions to an organization that doles out contraceptives, including abortifacient ‘emergency contraception.’

The most recent CRS annual returns (2010) indicate that the largest CRS grant — $5.3 million — went to CARE, an international “relief and development organization,” that actively promotes and provides contraceptives for women in developing countries, and supports pro-abortion groups and legislation.

According to the 2010 990s, CRS gave $5,380,466 to CARE, which is noted on page 86 of the filing.
...

The HLI [Human Life International] president noted that that CARE has made “‘reproductive health’—which typically includes contraception as well as abortion—a cornerstone of their ‘development’ strategies.” Because the revenues that CARE receives are fungible, he said, any funds given them would automatically support their whole program—including abortion lobbying and contraception. 

Regardless of one's opinion of the present U.S. Administration, do not things like these make the USCCB campaign at least look like mere political posturing, and undermine the positive view many non-Catholics have of it?

[Image from CARE's family planning and "Sexual and Reproductive Health" leaflet. Tip: reader]

40 comments:

P.K.T.P. said...

Ny advice is this. Do NOT put one cent onto the collection plate in any Parish church. Instead, send your support directly to legitimate Catholic agencies and Catholic traditionalist groups. True, the collection plate does support the local Parish and priest. Unfortunately, however, a portion of the money goes to the local bishops' conference, such as the Canadian Conference of Communist Bishops. Through bogus groups such as 'Justice and Peace', your money is funding communist revolutionaries in Central America, not to mention 'world aid' groups that fund contraception and abortifacients. I'd rather fund the other side, by sending money directly to anti-communist and royalist groups who hunt down and kill communists.

Interesting, eh? It's safe to give money to the S.S.P.X, even if you are not a supporter, but it isn't safe to give it to your local diocese.

P.K.T.P.

Joseph-Maria said...

Sad but true P.K.T.P. I even gave $ to my archdiocese this year. I feal dirty now :(

Peterman said...

You lay down with dogs you get up with fleas.

Raising {& Teaching} Little Saints said...

PROMISE your money will go for a good cause, donate here: http://fssp.com/press/contributions/

Ryan Ellis said...

I have found a way around this problem at my parish. I suggest others check with their pastor, too.

The regular collection has 8 percent kicked upstairs to the chancery, where it ends up Lord knows where. Not good.

However, we also have a monthly capital improvements collection for the physical plant. That stays 100 percent in the parish. I give only to that.

I also give $1 every year to the Bishop's Lenten Appeal so that my pastor gets credit for percentage of his registered parishioners participating. I write "No more until CCHD ends" on the reply card.

It goes without saying that I never give to any second collections of any kind.

Works perfect for me.

ThickMick said...

Pray for our bishops who are constantly attacked by the evil one. St Michael protect us!

Marlow G said...

You put your hand in the jar, the bees are gonna sting ya!

CJ said...

NO $$$ to ANY request of the USCCB. Haven't given in many years and this is the main reason why.

I worked very closely with pro-life groups in the US and was positively sickened by the USCCB's inaction. When they appointed a new director who was all fired up to get something done for Life, she was immediately put to work catering to every whim of these bishops and was never heard from afterward. Same MO they use to keep priests too busy to be priests.

Things found in about half our dioceses were everything from boldly displaying a United Way logo and hotlink yet hiding their pro-life director so deeply that one had to call to find out if they even had one. By the way, when I proved to them that I could go from their United Way link to an abortion clinic in less than four clicks they still refused to remove it. These people are FRAUDS. They are the Catholic equivalent to the United Nations and should be disbanded forever.

NEVER in my three years work did I find a diocese who financially supported their local pro-life organizations. Most did not even financially support the ones in their own parishes. They were left scratching for every penny. It was disgusting!

The USCCB is largely just a pack of unCatholic, nonCatholic and antiCatholic devils.

And if you are going to donate to a priestly society donate to one who isn't muzzled.

Matt said...

P.K.T.P. said, "My advice is this. Do NOT put one cent onto the collection plate in any Parish church. Instead, send your support directly to legitimate Catholic agencies and Catholic traditionalist groups. True, the collection plate does support the local Parish and priest. Unfortunately, however, a portion of the money goes to the local bishops' conference, such as the Canadian Conference of Communist Bishops. Through bogus groups such as 'Justice and Peace', your money is funding communist revolutionaries in Central America, not to mention 'world aid' groups that fund contraception and abortifacients. I'd rather fund the other side, by sending money directly to anti-communist and royalist groups who hunt down and kill communists.

Interesting, eh? It's safe to give money to the S.S.P.X, even if you are not a supporter, but it isn't safe to give it to your local diocese.
"


Very good advice. Something to ponder.

JWDT said...

This is sad & pathetic! When those who scream that ALL must obey (i.e. give assent) and support the Church, this is what we get to look forward to....sorry, the money given at the Parish level whether Indult or Diocesan still goes towards these types of scandals...IMHO, it is time those in the Pews stand up for something and tell the Bishops NO!

JotheHousewife said...

What's sad is the naivete on the bishops and pastors about all this. They continue to collect for CRS, have speakers from them speak at women's conferences, not to mention collect for CCHD, AND give one percent of parish budgets to LEFT WING ALINSKY COMMUNITY ORGANIZING. The the same week the bishops point out LCWR is naughty with their NETWORK group, Catholic Charities gives NETWORK AN AWARD! Is anybody minding the store at the USCCB? It is getting harder for lay people to defend the Church hierarchy. I love my Church, I love the Pope, I want to support and help it be better. But someone is gonna have to start making hard decisions and quick action. NOW! www.johntwo24-25.net

Matt said...

This another "one step forward, two steps backward." However noble the US bishops' (and bishops in general) effort is in speaking up for religious liberty, it rings hollow with Catholics and non-Catholics alike. They speak up for a cause however righteous but scandals such as this Catholic Charities nonsense make them look so hypocritical their credibility is out the window. Are the bishops going to make a statement on this? This is yet one more stumbling block to have to overcome when evangelizing.

Gratias said...

We never give money to the collections of Catholic Charities for they are complicit in electing the Obamamonster and Saul Alinsky allies. However, I respectfully disagree with P.K.T.P. I think we have to donate to our parishes. If you attend a Diocesan TLM give very generously till it hurts your pocket. Without the Church we have no Mass.

We donate too to the FSSP seminary but have attended only two of their masses. Be generous, the Diocesan TLM is invaluable and we might just have to buy our way into it. We need the Latin mass terribly so the price is right.

The Ubiquitous said...

Isn't contributing to the support of our pastors a precept of the Church just as much as marrying according to the laws of the Church or attending holy days of obligation?

P.K.T.P.'s advice is very dangerous.

Micah said...

The Ubiquitous, there are ways to support your priest and parish and still be a good steward of your dinars. Cash in pocket, gas cards, pay the monthly electric bill outright, direct support of charities that are clean of evil, etc. And if that is thwarted by your diocese as was in the Erie and Rochester dioceses to name just two, (the way they weave their greedy and oppressive tentacles is Devilish, leaving no safe options for the mindful Catholic) then you just keep those wallets SHUT. That is NOT bad advice. That is SOUND advice. To do otherwise is to be a party to sins that cry to Heaven and if you can't figure that out then maybe you need to go sit somewhere and think about it some more.

Dr. Timothy J. Williams said...

P.K.T.P.'s advice is sound. I haven't given ANY money to any USCCB controlled entity in many years. Like him, I recommend giving to the SSPX, which I do, even though I have no opportunity to attend their masses. And I give to specific religious orders and houses in whom I have complete confidence. (Such as the Visitation Monastery in Snellville, Georgia, because my own widowed mother is the Mother Superior!)

SeminariesNOTbrothels said...

Chaput and Dolan say that Philadelphia is "mission country" -what they don't say is that USCCB is hell and all missionaries who try to enter are turned away ... only modernists and homosexuals are allowed...

Red said...

I'm assuming the FSSP is like any other parish and the diocese gets a portion of their dough? We only give to the FSSP & SSPX and will continue to give to the FSSP even though the diocese may get a cut. While I agree with PKTP in general on this I think it counterproductive not to support your local TLM. Buying gift cards, gas cards, etc. is certainly a noteworthy option. But it must also be remembered to give to Caesar what is Caesar's - we give in good conscience and if the Diocese wants to blow their money on sinful endeavors I am not culpable for that as long as I don't do it with the willful intention of supporting the garbage.

Support your local TLM Priest and be at peace - give gift cards if you must but please support your Priest!

Long-Skirts said...

Dr. Timothy J. Williams said...

"P.K.T.P.'s advice is sound. I haven't given ANY money to any USCCB controlled entity in many years. Like him, I recommend giving to the SSPX"

TIMELESS
FIELDS

The Irish had their hedges
The English had their homes
The French they had their Vendee
The U.S. roots in loam.

Way out in mid-west cornfields
Out past the waves of grain
Stand right the schools and churches
That put all else to shame.

They labor in the pasture
They labor in the field
And everyday the Holy Mass
Where priestly-powers wield

The force to take the whole grain
That swells from roots in loam...
And generate the Bread of Life;
The fields of timeless Rome!

Dr. Timothy J. Williams also said...

"(Such as the Visitation Monastery in Snellville, Georgia, because my own widowed mother is the Mother Superior!)"

Oh,how magnificent!!

NIANTIC said...

We give to the parish we attend for the Diocesan TLM thankfull that we have the TLM available to us. Other than that the bulk of our contributions go to the SSPX and three Traditional Monasteries.
We never ever give to second collections period.

I am not Spartacus said...

There are PLENTY of Catholic organisations the crummy CHD could fund so why give money to non-Catholic organisations?

PEH said...

I'm wondering if the holy father ever reads what is happening on this blog and many other traditional sites. We have been told he does use the internet but for what purpose? Scandals abound and yet from the holy father we hear nothing. Does he really believe he is not culpable with the state of the Church these days? Does he really believe he can let these scandals go unpunished? Does he really believe he can continue to leave the FSSPX and other independent traditional groups without jurisdiction and faculties while those with such faculties and jurisdiction commit the most unpardonable and outrageous sins? In this case we're talking about bishops, shepherds of souls, failing abysmally to do the right thing. Does he really believe he can trust such people to tell him what's happening? It boggles the mind.

dcs said...

Isn't contributing to the support of our pastors a precept of the Church just as much as marrying according to the laws of the Church or attending holy days of obligation?

Yes, it is. I don't know of any teaching that this precept can be ignored because one's pastors use that money unwisely. But even aside from that, it seems rather impolite to receive the Sacraments from a priest but do nothing to contribute to his support.

Gratias said...

Also donate to your local Una Voce local chapter. It is easy if they have a PayPal account.

George said...

This is a LifeSite "NEWS" story??!! Be sure to see also the recent LifeSiteNews story revealing that when you stand outside in the rain, you get wet.

About every six months for the past 20 or so years some conservative or neoconservative Catholic media outlet has published a "revelation" that CRS is cooperating with an agent or agents of the Culture of Death. See the article by moral theologian Germain Grisez in the April 2008 issue of Catholic World Report for a good and compelling example. Then, on the rare occasion when the story makes a loud enough splash outside of the conservative-Catholic ghetto, a Catholic-institutional authority will step in to either (a) dismiss the story or (b) acknowledge that CRS indeed made some “technical” mistake – e.g., making an unwise grant – but now the mistake has been corrected…and so “let us now just go back about our business; nothing to see here; CRS is a great Catholic organization: it helps needy people, so it must be.” The egregious, then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan was the one who pulled that con in the wake of the Grisez “revelations,” in the course of which con he misrepresented the Grisez article to every one of his “episcopal brothers,” in effect defaming Grisez. But, no problem, it’s all in the interests of those needy, developing-country children…many fewer of whom CRS et al would like to see born.

It would at least be nice if conservative Catholic news outlets could report this stuff more accurately, truthfully, i.e., so as not to give the impression that this is “news,” that it is some kind of aberration. OF COURSE CRS cooperates with contraception- and abortion-promoting organizations. That’s what CRS DOES. It is, after all, primarily funded by the largest contraception- and abortion-funding organization in the world: The U.S. Government’s U.S. Agency for International Development. CRS promotes contraception? Duh and double-duh. LifeSiteNews could at least run such stories under a heading like: “Continuing Coverage of CRS’s ‘Family Planning’ Initiative” or, simply, under “Dog Bites Man.”

New Catholic said...

It is very relevant in the current context of the contraception and abortifacient mandate debate - so, yes, it is news.

newguy40 said...

That is terrible. I have been supporting CRS now for several years.

I will contact CRS directly. This news is welcome yet distressing to me personally.

Forewarned I Forearmed...

Dr. Timothy J. Williams said...

dcs is correct, and perhaps I should clarify my previous statement. I do indeed contribute regularly to my parish, and I do so without qualms. I receive the sacraments from a very holy priest, and I am confident he would never use funds inappropriately. Of course, no one can say what will happen with the portion of contributions that go to the diocese. But moral responsibility for that is not mine, nor my pastor's. What I NEVER do is contribute to the many appeals for funding CRS or USCCB projects, or my Catholic employer's appeals to fund United Way, etc.

thewhitelilyblog said...

You have to put your money where your mouth is--open. Isn't that in the bible? Isn't it in the bible to give the workman his due, as in the case of your priest? I would beware of any advice that encourages us to be less generous than we could be with the churches where we receive the sacraments. Not to say you shouldn't designate where it goes, as many suggestions support. If you can't give anything at all to your local parish because of the level of corruption, then, homey, you need to move.

I know people who receive the sacraments at our SSPX chapel who keep their hands in their pockets every collection. How many ways are there to say stingy, huh!? (In Mexican, you touch your elbow to something close by like the table, and say, 'codo' and shake your head ruefully. In English you rub your fingers together, right?)

Anna said...

I saw recently in an FSSP parish bulletin that they give a portion of their collections to "Peter's Pence". Does that money all go straight to Rome, or is this the part that goes to the local diocese? Is every diocese obliged to fund the USCCB?

Knight of Malta said...

Faith is the greatest gift you can have. The Director Robert Bresson said he was an Atheist-Catholic.

Thank God I still have my faith (I was an atheist before I married my Catholic wife.) But quite honestly, without the FSSPX, I would revert back to my unbelief.

I'm sorry, but as an ex-firefighter, ex-FBI Agent, I have gallows humor and this kind of cracks me up!

Kathleen said...

One should be very careful when giving advice about parish contributions.

First and most important there is the moral obligation to support our priests. On that matter none of us as laity should be giving advice -- that is a matter for confessors and spiritual advisers.

Next, practices are not uniform throughout the U.S., let alone elsewhere.

For instance, in Michigan diocese contributions are made separately. Each parish is given a target amount. If their parishioners do not meet that target the parish must make up the shortfall or it will become debt for the parish. Such debt can and will be used as an excuse for parish closure.

This is not a matter to give flippant advice on.

Aged parent said...

It is very difficult to take the "freedom" initiatives of these Bishops seriously when, like Cardinal Dolan, they still allow homosexual "masses" in their fiefdoms while decrying the Obammacare horrors at the same time. Or like Cardinal Wuerl, who is apparently uninterested in standing up to the homosexual mafia. They are shallow, cowardly, inconsistent and three-fourths of them have only a passing acquaintance with the Faith.

I'm very much afraid we can't expect too much from this lot.

Anonymous said...

I am ashamed to say that I have been donating to CRS. I stopped that today. I did not research this organization well enough and I feel like I’ve been deceived by them. As I look back at the history of CRS, I see that this is not the first time that they have made similar contributions to these sorts of organizations. When the first such scandal made the news a few years ago, we were promised that changes would be made and that nothing like this would ever happen again…

Here's my problem: We are called on to support our Church and also to support the poor. I feel very strongly about both. I already donate weekly to my parish's TLM community and I regard this as very important. However, while it's great that we have vestments, candles, heat/air conditioning, etc., there is obviously a missing element. I suspect that I’m not alone in feeling that my parish is not heavily involved in the community or ministry to the poor.

I need to find some organization that directly supports the poor and, at the same time, is faithful to (or at least has no reason to violate) the church’s teachings. That is seeming to be an exceedingly rare thing. Does anyone have a suggestion? We see that the USCCB cannot control their own organizations and I cannot, in good conscience, send money to these supposedly Catholic groups that directly violate their own tenets under the guise of charity. But even local secular organizations like food pantries and soup kitchens, almost universally, seem to have some inexplicable tie to unrelated groups like Planned Parenthood. Is there even one organization that we can trust in these dark days?

New Catholic said...

Anonymous, you raised good points, which is why we've let your comment through. Next time, please follow the instructions, and do not post as "anonymous".

I am not Spartacus said...

Dear Anonymous. Just do it your own self.

I am a member of the FSSP Confraternity and I am the sole person praying before the local baby abattoir in my town.

Look around,opportunities abound for direct action and also opportunities to make anyonymous gifts - THE funnest gifts to give.

Oncet, at work, I heard a female employee complain to another about dental work she needed but could not afford. I spoke with her
supervisor and paid for the dedntal work and the super would only tell her it was an anonymous gift.

NIANTIC said...

Dear Anonymous, Why not support some of the Traditional Monasteries. Monks and nuns need outside financial support to maintain themselves. They pray for our salvation and honor God in a most beautiful and special holy way.
Or send financial support to Traditional Seminaries. We need priests and their education costs a fortune. Their lives will be spend teaching us the Faith, offering the Sacraments and leading people to Heaven. A most beautiful and holy work.
So you do not have to look far for a worthy cause to support. Pax Christi.

newguy40 said...

Perhaps this is a bit off topic. But, I wanted to respond to "Anon" question "I need to find some organization that directly supports the poor and, at the same time, is faithful to (or at least has no reason to violate) the church’s teachings."

I also contribute to my local St Vincent de Paul Society. Are there similar concerns about St vdP as have been raised here about CRS? I have not been able to find any but I feel misled by CRS.

Kumquat said...

PKTP, just how does your urging people to DISOBEY the precept of the Church commanding the faithful to support their parish and pastors according to their ability fit into any kind of Traditionalism?

Please explain.

newswire.crs.org said...

Earlier this week, the pro-life website LifeSiteNews published an article critical of Catholic Relief Services that contained inaccurate and incomplete information about our relationship with the humanitarian agency CARE, specifically for $5.3 million CRS gave to CARE for use in collaborative anti-poverty programming in Central America and Africa. We would like to correct the record by providing this important information, which was not included in the article:

Catholic Relief Services, in communion with the Church, strictly upholds Catholic moral teaching. All of the CRS programs and all of the funds used by CRS are entirely consistent with Church teaching. Faithfulness to Church teaching always has been and always will be our policy. CRS is not in agreement with CARE’s policy on contraception because we do not support any positions that would be in violation of Catholic teaching on human dignity and the sanctity of human life.

CRS always has taken very seriously decisions we make about the groups with which we collaborate or form partnerships to ensure that we are not violating the Church teachings. We do not fund, support or participate in any programming or advocacy that is not in line with Church teaching, including artificial birth control.

These concerns about grants and partnerships, including the concerns over CARE, were raised to CRS last year. The agency undertook a thorough review of all partnerships together with Dr. John Haas of the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC). After careful review, their report came to three main conclusions:

1. None of the grants listed constitutes support of or involvement in immoral activities.

2. None of the funding from CRS was fungible. That is, there is little to no risk of the grant funds being used either (i) for purposes outside those outlined in the grant request or (ii) for freeing up money in the receiving organization for immoral purposes by virtue of their having received the grant from CRS.

3. The NCBC found that there could be a risk of scandal over such partnerships if people become confused and wrongly assume that CRS was endorsing a partner’s position on other issues. To avoid any misunderstanding, such as the Lifesite news article, CRS worked with the Bishops and the NCBC to address this risk through internal and external communications on our work, and continues to do so. This is spelled out in a statement posted below our Mission Statement on our website, titled The Catholic Values of CRS: http://crs.org/about/mission-statement/.

The $5.3 million in question was used by CARE for water and sanitation programs in four Central American countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua), for food and nutrition programs, as well as water and sanitation in Madagascar; and for food and nutrition programs in Zimbabwe.

CRS does promote abstinence and Natural Family Planning as embraced by the Church. You can find more details at http://crs.org/east-timor/healthier-moms-healthier-babies/