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Scandals continue at Catholic Relief Services – members of contraception group August 3, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals.

This is shaping up to be CCHD Mark II.  I’m mostly copying and pasting, because I’ve had a bad couple of days (except for the show last night, which was TeH AwEsoMe!)

Catholic Relief Services is a dues-paying member of the CORE Group.  In addition to that, CRS’s senior technical advisor in nutrition, Mary Hennigan, is on the board of the CORE Group and CRS’s Global Director of Health and HIV, Dr. Shannon Senfeld co-chairs the CORE Group’s “working group” on HIV/AIDS.

Why is this a problem?  Because the CORE Group itself heavily promotes birth control, which means that Catholic donations to CRS went to pay for the membership in this organization (this IS fungible).

Sadly, there’s more.

According to the CORE Group’s description of its board of directors,

The CORE Group Board of Directors is the governing body of the organization and is dedicated to advancing CORE Group’s mission, values, strategies, goals, priorities, and policies.

As a member of the “governing body” of CORE Group, CRS’s senior technical advisor in nutrition would be a part of the decision-making for the organization, including philosophies, policies, and projects.  And one of those projects is a working group on “Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health,” which actively promotes contraception.

In fact, nearly 50% of CORE Groups budget for fiscal year 2011 went toward “family planning” and “Maternal and Child Health,” (MCH) and its MCH programs are specifically designed to be integrated with “family planning.”

It’s bad enough that CRS is paying its own money into an organization that so heavily promotes birth control to poor people in third world countries, and with board member oversight of the organization, CRS cannot claim ignorance.

But the saddest and most shocking aspect of this whole thing is found in a single document on the CORE Group’s website.  CORE Group produced a document titled, “Improving Access To and Use of Quality: Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) Services,” through its HIV/AIDS working group, which is co-chaired by CRS’s Global Director of Health and HIV.

So, will CRS try to fight their way out of this one? The answer is yes.  CRS continues to acknowledge no problem in belonging to pro-contracept groups or even funding them, whether in large or small amounts.  They continue to claim that working with these organizations which hold views directly counter to what the Church believes is somehow absolutely necessary for them to perform their mission.  They claim they present the faithful Catholic view within these pro-contracept groups to try to change them from within.

I’m going to throw the BS flag on that.  I know how a lot of these groups work, and one thing they don’t brook is dissent. If you’re not on the contraception bandwagon, you’re not there.  The most you could do is silently give your money, but CRS has done more than that – they’ve been active players.

We don’t know great details of the individuals involved, but we do know that a large percentage of Catholics reject Church Doctrine on contraception. We also know that an overwhelming percentage of “progressive” Catholics do the same.  NGOs and charities like CRS tend to be populated by progressive types.  Isn’t it more likely that they are happily going along with the pro-contracept mentality and donating/belonging to pro-contracept groups, than they are to be fighting lonely, uphill battles against their secular humanist confreres?

Which story would you believe?


1. AMK - August 6, 2012

And whosoever shall keep the whole law, but offend in one point, is become guilty of all.

James 2:10

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