Catholic Citizens of Illinois Supports Continued Boycott of CCHD
11/4/2012 5:30:00 PM
By Mary Ann Kreitzer and Stephanie Block
Catholic Citizens of Illinois, a member of the Catholic Media Coalition, joins the Coalition in support of a boycott of the CCHD. We urge our members to withhold their contributions to the CCHD and give directly to an organization that works directly to provide for the needs of the poor. With the appointment of a new director for the office of Peace, Justice, and Human Development for the USCCB, we are optimistic the there will be a new direction for the CCHD in the future.
Press Release from the Catholic Media Coalition
Most dioceses pass the basket for the annual Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) the weekend before Thanksgiving. The collection is advertised as a way to help the poor and reduce poverty, but direct service organizations like soup kitchens and homeless shelters are specifically excluded.
Controversy has dogged the collection for years because about 50% of the grants awarded go to Alinskyian community organizing groups, many of which violate Catholic teaching and support intrinsic evils. Groups that promote abortion, contraception, and homosexual activism including same-sex marriage have all benefitted from the CCHD collection as well as groups that work indirectly to elect so-called progressive politicians who support these evils.
In the past few years, the response of the bishops' bureaucracy to exposure of abuse has consistently been to deny, cry foul, circle the wagons, and shoot the messengers. On a number of occasions they have attacked critics' reports as inaccurate that later proved all too true.
There is little evidence that anything has changed to date. From thirty to fifty percent of grant money goes to Alinskyian community organizing groups affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation, PICO, and other groups who advance liberation theology, use morally questionable tactics of confrontation, and demonstrate little success in alleviating the problems of the poor.
Until a change in philosophy at the CCHD can be demonstrated, Catholic Media Coalition urges Catholics to redirect their charitable giving to groups that truly assist the poor, like the Missionaries of Charity.