Fifth Bishop Didn’t Take Up National CCHD Collection

Bishop Victor Galeone of St. Augustine, Florida also decided to discontinue the CCHD collection, has confirmed, bringing the list of bishops who decided against holding this year’s collection to five. In a November article for his diocesan magazine, Bishop Galeone explains that he had made this decision in May – many months prior to the controversy that erupted this fall over reports that the CCHD is funding groups that support abortion, contraception, and same-sex “marriage.” The bishop lists three reasons for his decision. First, he says, “over the years some CCHD funds were disbursed to certain organizations hostile to key Catholic positions.” He specifically highlighted the funding of ACORN as an instance of this.