Remember – not one dime for CCHD over Thanksgiving November 19, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, Basics, catachesis, different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
This weekend or next, your parish (but not mine) will likely take a collection for the so-called Catholic Campaign for Human Development. This ostensible charity, which is actually nothing more than a method for Catholics to fund marxist political agitation, is supported by almost all dioceses and parishes in the country. It is an organization with a constant track record of scandal since its inception in 1969, when Msgr. Jack Egan, prominent figure in the Archdiocese of Chicago, friend of marxist organizer Saul Alinsky, and confidant of then-Archbishop Bernadin convinced the highly influential Archbishop to support funding for this organization. Bernadin then used his dominant influence over the then National Conference of Catholic Bishops to force through a nationwide collection.
Over the years, CCHD has disbursed tens of millions dollars – dollars taken from Catholics almost universally ignorant of its aim and intent – to disastrously anti-Catholic organizations who support all manner of moral evils, from contraception to abortion to socialism to pseudo-sodo-marriage – and even worse. While certain groups with such stands have been defunded from time to time, the problems always recur. That’s because there is hardly a leftist organization in the world that does not support one moral depravity or another, and generally, a whole cornucopia of them.
Michael Hitchborn at the Lepanto Institute, whose work I greatly respect, has put together another long and very damning analysis of CCHD and its ongoing association with immoral causes. He builds his case methodically, starting with deliberate communist efforts in the first half of the 20th century to penetrate their agents into Christian churches, and especially the Catholic Church, to gain cultural influence, moral authority, and, above all, access to money. From there he notes the influence of Saul Alinsky in forming CCHD, and CCHD’s still-ongoing relationship with many Alinskyite groups, such as the Gamaliel Foundation. He also shows how organizations on the receiving end of some of the largest CCHD disbursements over the past few years are also led by hardcore communists.
Most interesting to me, however, was the portion of the expose dealing with Ralph McCloud, former Fort Worth City Council member and current head of the CCHD. Hitchborn finds a huge conflict of interest in the fact that McCloud serves on the board of directors of the extremely radical Interfaith Worker’s Justice, even while CCHD disburses copious funds to that organization. Can you say conflict of interest? Hitchborn:
Generally speaking, since IWJ is applying for funds from the CCHD, this is called a conflict of interest. But there are other problems with McCloud that should disqualify him from his position at the CCHD.
Ralph McCloud assumed the duties of Director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in November of 2007. Prior to this, McCloud served as a city council member and mayor pro tem in Fort Worth, Texas. While still serving in Texas government, McCloud gave a political endorsement to radical pro-abortion politician Wendy Davis when she announced her run for state senate against the solidly pro-life incumbent, Kim Brimer.
In addition to this endorsement, McCloud also served as the treasurer for Davis’ campaign. McCloud denied any knowledge of Davis’ pro-abortion position at the time he gave her an endorsement and agreed to serve as her campaign treasurer, and claims that he never assumed any of the duties as treasurer.
Going back to the Gamaliel Foundation for a moment, remember that Ralph McCloud was provided with air-tight evidence that the Gamaliel Foundation lied directly to him about its relationship with an organization pushing for legal recognition of same-sex couples, and he broke off communication with investigators at that point. Also, keep in mind that Saul Alinsky said about developing relationships so as to be somewhat bulletproof in the face of controversial topics. There are important things to remember because in 2008, Ralph McCloud gave a speech at a Gamaliel event called, “Realizing the Promise.” The event was a celebration of the election of Barack Obama to the presidency. Just listen to what McCloud said about how this celebration of Obama’s election is a “great day” where “we will see a new Jerusalem, and justice will flow like waters.” [hyperbole much? But contemplate this: have we seen on college campuses all over the country in recent days just what kind of “justice” people like Ralph McCloud believes this nation deserves? I can say that the policy differences between Gamaliel, and the radical crybullies on college campuses today are infinitesimal. They all stem from the same entitled, demanding hatred of this country. And they are profoundly racist, in the truest sense of the term.]
So, Ralph McCloud, who endorsed radical pro-abortion candidate Wendy Davis, agreed to be her campaign treasurer, spoke at a Gamaliel event in support of Barack Obama’s election, defended the direct lie of the Gamaliel Foundation, and serves on the board of the radically Marxist Interfaith Worker Justice is in charge of the distribution of Catholic dollars.
Not one dime for CCHD. But I ask readers this: if the USCCB has been willing to start up CCHD, run it for decades in the face of serious opposition and far too many scandals to count, can you trust ANY USCCB organization with your money? I refer to Catholic Charities, Catholic Relief Services, and even ostensible funding programs for catechesis and priestly formation. Money is fungible. There are myriad problems with Catholic Charities and CRS. I have long concluded my family cannot, in good conscience, support any of these groups. I do my best to insulate my donations as much as I can even from diocesan assessment, because the same problems that exist on the national level are also present at the local, diocesan level.
Something to consider.