Say NO to CCHD
29Whoever misgoverns a house inherits the wind, and the fool becomes slave to the wise.
During a frustrating argument with a Roman Catholic cardinal, Napoleon Bonaparte supposedly burst out: “Your eminence, are you not aware that I have the power to destroy the Catholic Church?” The cardinal, the anecdote goes, responded ruefully: “Your majesty, we, the Catholic clergy, have done our best to destroy the church for the last 1,800 years. We have not succeeded, and neither will you.”
Anecdote from EWTN Radio
We are participating in a campaign to stop contributions to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). As many are aware, the CCHD has in the past provided funding to ACORN. This funding was suspended in June of 2008 due to the embezzlement scandal at ACORN. Since then, the ACORN voter fraud and ACORN Housing/prostitution video scandals have erupted, re-emphasizing the poor judgment shown in funding them in the first place.
What is not commonly known is that CCHD was essentially created to fund Alisnkyian organizing. The largest percentage of its grants go into these sorts of groups - such as ACORN (now defunded) and the IAF. If you are like us, you have always assumed CCHD collections went to direct charity efforts.
We believe that this indicates poor stewardship of our donations by the USCCB, and certainly miscommunication about the nature of the collection. In addition, it shows poor judgment by the USCCB in the selection of those they chose to trust to run CCHD. The potential good they could be doing is subverted to a political agenda. Read the Mission Statement for the CCHD and see how well you believe they have fulfilled it.
You will be told that much of the information you see here is not true. However, the fact that CCHD funds Alinskyian organizing isn't a matter of opinion but can be verified by anyone examining the CCHD annual reports, which are available at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' website. Therefore, you must decide. If you support Alinskyian community organizing then support the CCHD, but if you DO NOT support Alinskyian community organizing then DO NOT support the CCHD.
We are encouraging all Catholics in the United States to Say No to CCHD and instead donate to a worthy cause. Print out and place one of the following certificates, along with a copy of your check, in the CCHD envelope instead of a donation this year.
The following links may help you to make your decision:
Defending the Catholic Campaign for Human Development - an article by Stephanie Block on how Alinskyian organizing is intrinsic to the CCHD. (posted 12/27/14)
Report: 'Catholic McCarthyism' threatens bishops’ anti-poverty push | Religion News Service - Here is an article about a report issued by Faith in Public Life, a Washington-based lobby of religious progressives. It is some entertaining propaganda, but a concern because of the backing it has received from some prominent organizations and bishops. It is comforting, though, that most of the endorsing bishops are retired.
Here are links to the report:
CCHD 2011-2012 Grants Report | Reform CCHD Now - The latest report from Reform CCHD Now is finally out, and it's not good news. 74 grantees have been "found to be in violation of CCHD guidelines and Catholic moral teaching." DO NOT donate to the CCHD collection unless you want to support community organizers and take the chance that your money could end up supporting objectionable causes.
Denver bishop says Catholic grants can't undermine Church teaching
The fight over fighting poverty: CCHD and the push for reform | USCatholic.org
The Catholic Key Blog: Main Problem for CCHD - Community Organizing Involves Lying
US Catholic Bishops' funding of the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) while robbing citizens of their voice.
In the "Some Things Never Change" category:
Alinksy, Campaign for Human Development, Industrial Areas Foundation, United Power for Action and Justice
When the Devil comes to Church and Stays Interesting article on Saul Alinsky, Catholic Bishops, and the Alinsky-inspired Campaign for Human Development from Canada Free Press.
The following cartoon appeared at the Catholic Cartoon Blog.
American Thinker- The Catholic
Bishops and ACORN
Restore-DC-Catholicism: Washington's CCHD Collection In August - Not November This is interesting. Not sure if this will be nationwide, or if the individual dioceses are doing their own thing.
Catholic Citizens: Alinksy, Campaign for Human Development, Industrial Areas Foundation, United Power for Action and Justice
The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has cut off funding to community organizing groups. This link is to an article on Lifesitenews: Missouri Diocese: Axe All Community Organizing Groups from CCHD As noted in the article, "Jude Huntz, director of the diocesan Human Rights Office, pinpointed '[CCHD's] relationships with community organizing groups across the country' as 'the fundamental problem with many CCHD grants.'" Here is the original statement: The Catholic Key Blog: A Model for Reforming CCHD.
BISHOPS AWAKEN! Now 12 Confirmed: Two More Bishops Cut Funding to National Social Justice Arm - Interesting information from the Brown Pelican Society of Louisiana on the CCHD collection.
At least 10 bishops skip national collection for U.S. bishop’s social justice arm - Another article on Bishops who chose not to collect for the CCHD.
Catholic Citizens Thirteen news stories designed to tear back the curtain on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
These articles by Stephanie Block discuss issues with the USCCB and the CCHD.
YouTube - Catholic Campaign for Anti-Catholic Activities - This is a video produced by the American Life League about the problems currently plaguing the CCHD.
The Influence Of Saul Alinsky On The Campaign For Human Development - This is a scholarly article by Lawrence J. Engel who served from 1984 to 1989 on the national staff of the Campaign for Human Development.
YouTube - CCHD - Video presentation by Stephanie Block
YouTube - Join the CCHD Boycott - Video from the Catholic Meadia Coalition on the CCHD boycott.
CCHD, in policy and practice, denies funding to groups that take positions contrary to Catholic teaching - Memo to Bishops from Bishop Roger P. Morin, CCHD Chairman; October 2, 2009, responding to Bellarmine Veritas Ministry's concerns.
Catholic Campaign for Human Development - Official webpage on the USCCB website.
Click on the certificate of your choice below to bring up a high quality Adobe PDF version suitable for printing:
Last Updated: Saturday, December 27, 2014 12:28 PM -0600