CCHD Responds to Its Critics and Chicago Responds to Its Own

A sign of the growing discontent with CCHD is the furor that arose in response to a letter signed by the group’s director in the Archdiocese of Chicago, published on November 13 by Matt Abbott at The letter, signed Rey Flores, accused “certain groups” of having “motivations and objectives [that] are rooted in partisan politics, rather than faithfulness to Catholic teaching and concern for the poor.” The comparison between ACORN’s involvement in voter fraud, currently being investigated in 13 states, and the pro-life organizations criticizing CCHD seemed so preposterous, I emailed Flores and asked him: Given that a pro-life, pro-family position taken by Catholic activists appears to conform more to the GOP platform than that of the Democrats, is it fair to assume their motivation is partisan — that is, to benefit the Republican Party?