Tuesday, April 27, 2010

CCHD UPDATE: Two More Bishops Cancel Special Collections

The fallout from the irresponsible behavior on the part of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development continues. LifeSite News is reporting that Bishop Joseph Adamec of the diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will discontinue the CCHD collection in the fall of 2009. The CCHD collection will be replaced with one for the local Catholic Charities. Archdiocesan spokesman Tony DeGol said that the Bishops decision has nothing to with the ongoing scandal of CCHD's funding of groups which violate its own funding guidelines by opposing Church teaching, particularly on abortion, contraception, and marriage.

Perhaps, but Bishop Kevin Rhodes of the Diocese of Harrisburg is also replacing the CCHD collection with one titled "Matthew 25," which will benefit the poor in the diocese. Peter Biasucci, Assistant Director of the diocesan Catholic Charities' said, regarding the switch“I think that there were some issues regarding the ability to control some of the national grants and the applications.”

Yes, indeed. At least 10 dioceses have now discontinued the CCHD collection.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also reported that Bishop David Zubik, who sits on the committee overseeing the CCHD, had prepared a preliminary report (not yet released to the public) which was sent last month to the U.S. bishops' administrative committee. The report said that the campaign needs to "clarify its Catholic identity and principles and clearly tell applicants what types of activity recipients cannot engage in."

The Post-Gazette said they had obtained the report "from a source outside of the Pittsburgh diocese."

This is good news, but we note that two of the cases where funding has been pulled took place right here in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. We also note that the CCHD continues to provide grant money to the San Francisco Organizing Project, an entitiy which, we contend, continues to be in violation of the CCHD's own funding guidelines. Our previous posts on this issue are here.

Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney

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