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Thorough report on the grave and continuing problems at Catholic Relief Services August 11, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, Society.

Christine Niles has an internet radio show called Forward Boldly.  She interviewed Dr. Stephen Mosher of the Population Research Institute late last week regarding the ongoing scandal of Catholic Relief Services’ involvement in distribution of contraception, abortifacients, and sterilization agents in its “relief” work in Africa and other places.

The program is an hour long but very worth listening to.  While it does rehash some material from last  year’s scandalous revelations regarding CRS and its far too cozy relationship with many pro-abort, contraceptive-distributing, population control agencies, there is much new ground covered.  This is a really valuable contribution, I thank Christine and Dr. Mosher for their efforts:

Key takeaways, for me:

  • Catholic Relief Services’ near total dependence on federal funding has resulted in a severe compromise of the organization’s Catholic character and moral behavior.  CRS receives over 70% of its funding from the federal government
  • The US bishops interpret both the receipt of federal funding, and the Constitution’s “no establishment” clause, to mean they cannot “discriminate” in hiring only faithful Catholics to staff organizations like CRS.  Note, the bishops never fought over this interpretation, they simply yielded to it as a matter of course. So, CRS in Africa and around the world is frequently staffed with leftist atheists, evangelical protestants, pagan libertines, etc., all working to undermine Catholic Doctrine in one of the few places it is still relatively observed, Africa.
  • CRS is staffed with many people from radical population control NGOs like International Planned Barrenhood and the UN Population Fund.  These organizations are totally, completely steeped in the contraceptive/abortive mindset.  The idea that these people once hired by a Catholic institution would suddenly give up their lifelong support for abortion or contraception at the behest of the Church is ludicrous.  The data indicates they do not.
  • CRS in Africa and, I’m certain, around the world, operates like a rogue agent, completely independent from local diocesan oversight.  This is the claim of bishops of Madagascar.
  • CRS has been directly involved in the distribution of contraceptives and dangerous abortifacients like Depo-Provera.
  • CRS routinely engages in obfuscation and prevarication in attempting to escape moral culpability and oversight of its pro-population control activities
  • USAID, the source of much of CRS’ funding, is one of the most virulently, dogmatic population control agencies in the world.  Does anyone think he who pays the piper does not call the tune, in this case?

There are many more really devastating points raised in the show.  I encourage you to listen to all of it.

The federal government is no friend of the Church, or the moral order. The federal government is increasingly an institution of radical social change, endemically hostile to the interests of the Church and right moral conduct.  And yet, the bishops of the United States choose to be more and more and MORE dependent on federal funding.  Right now they are getting deeply embroiled in this immigration fiasco/”crisis,” receiving federal funding to provide some kind of help, but note the timing: the federal government just imposed a regulation saying even private contractors, like churches, who receive federal funding, cannot discriminate on the basis of “sexual orientation.”  The Church in this country has already been badly compromised over the issue of federal funding for contraception and abortion and the willingness of at least some Church organs to provide those services, now the Church is faced with endorsing sodomy in order to keep Uncle Sam’s gravy train rolling.  OK, perhaps not “faced,” quite yet, but soon, and inevitably.

As the threats against the rights of the Church from the government mount, as the undermining of the Social Kingship of Jesus Christ advances,it is well past time to end this dependence on federal funding.  It will only be used more and more as a club to attempt to beat the Church into sexular pagan submission.

There is also very good content featuring Michael Hitchborn from American Life League, which I shouldn’t neglect to mention.  When I hear him describe how often the bishop’s seem utterly surprised to find out what is going on at their own agencies, agencies they supposedly spend most of their time overseeing (which is why bishops are supposed to be so rarely available within their own dioceses, because they are always off performing USCCB-level tasks), I have to laugh.  Either the bishops are saying they have no control over their bureaucracy, in which case, nice management skills there, or the exasperation at the continued revelation of these ongoing scandals and the highly problematic nature of all these bureaucracies is just an effort at cover-up and blame-shifting.  Which one would like to think would be beneath the nature of a prelate in Christ’s Holy Church, but I don’t think we can make that assumption, given the course of the entire abuse scandal.

I guess a good question is, how, and when, did the episcopate in this country (and so many others) go so totally off the rails.  And why?



1. John from Austin - August 11, 2014

This brings such scandal, and like virtually all of the pet projects coming out of the USCCB it’s focused on worldly things, and sounds more like democratic party shenanigans.
Sadly, when anyone (rightfully) questions the motives of these social justice programs, using the hard-earned money from unsuspecting laity, they ate thoroughly dismissed and debased as “right wingers, prudes, radtrads, Pharisee, etc..”
I had a personal experience with the local “social concerns and justice” contact at the local diocese where I questioned one of the recipients of grant money from the USCCB – CCHD collection. Most fellow Catholics don’t look, and the diocese expected it to stay that way.
I did some research after seeing all of the good work that American Life League did to expose the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (brain child of likely homosexual cardinal Bernadine and sex-scandal-ridden cardinal Mahoney). The woman in the bishops office stated I shouldn’t believe anything from American Life League our Mike Voris, and CCHD collection money only went to groups in agreement with the Church teaching. After providing evidence on the contrary (an amnesty immigration group for Hispanics, with statements against “fundamentalists that are hateful, bigoted.and unsupportive of marriage equality and transgender people”.
The woman in the social justice office literally hung up the phone and stopped.answering my emails… chock full of evidence.

This USCCB seems Irrelevant, especially since all of the bad, contrary to the faith issues stem from these aging democrat bishops.

TG - August 11, 2014

I had a similar experience in an email with Diocese of Austin when I raised concerns about Campaign for Human Development. I don’t give to the Diocese of Austin anymore. I really don’t trust them.

2. John from Austin - August 11, 2014

And I hate sounding and feeling uncharitable, but this scandal upsets me
and I wish the people doing this were more helpful to holy mother Church.

Mea maxima culpa to border on calumny but this, along with all of the Wendy Davis bumper sticker in mutt local parish parking lot drives me mental.
With Wendy Davis and her blatant support of baby killing, I just cannot understand why Catholics would support her?
It likewise drives me bananas that the USCCB continues to push these horrible scandals of CRS and CCHD.
We need Sheppards not democratic operatives

Tantumblogo - August 11, 2014

They support her because their real religion is politics, to the extent they have any religion at all. They put their personal political preferences ahead of the Faith.

There is a temptation for all of us to do so. But it is far more pronounced on the left.

3. Christopher - August 11, 2014

Please pardon the levity, but while reading this part I SAW this: “OK, perhaps not ‘faced,’ quite yet, but soon, and inevitably.” But I HEARD this: (Humphrey Bogart) “Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and until the end of the age.”

4. Lynne - August 11, 2014

I have to admit, that is a nice ‘feature’ of attending an SSPX chapel. None of one’s collection money is going towards CCHD or CRS.

5. Molly - August 11, 2014

Love that last sly “and why?” A good friend remarked that the best way for Satan to bring down the Church, or at least many of Her members, would be to get to the priests and the mothers. Well, feminism got to the latter group, and after reading “Disinformation” and learning about Aa-1025 and Bella Dodd, I truly believe that the KGB got to the former group. The Russians probably fomented the feminist movement also. Errors of Russia indeed. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

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