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M E M O R A N D U MTO: All Bishops
Despite significant progress, some things don’t change. The American Life League continues to attack CCHD and the USCCB. Judie Brown, Michael Hichborn and the American Life League (ALL) continue to recycle allegations that CCHD funds many organizations that are in conflict with Catholic teaching. In the past, they have also unfairly attacked CCHD and USCCB leadership. CHD staff has met repeatedly with representatives of the American Life League to explain CCHD’s mission, requirements and processes. They simply do not agree with CCHD’s mission and how we apply our guidelines and requirements.
We can assure you that the CCHD staff, the subcommittee, the committee and Father Daniel Mindling, OFMCap (CCHD’s consulting moral theologian) have all been involved in reviewing these ongoing allegations. In one case, a clear violation occurred after the grant was approved and CCHD funding was swiftly and completely terminated. We expressed our appreciation for this information. However, other ALL allegations are without substance and our reasons for this conclusion are in the attached summary. Frankly, in these areas we rely on the judgment of the local bishop and diocese, not the repeated accusations of those with clear ideological and ecclesial agendas.
Thank you for your abiding support for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. The reports of historic high levels of poverty in our nation call us to a deeper solidarity with those we serve and a profound commitment to the preferential option for the poor. As our President, Archbishop Dolan, said in his recent eloquent appeal to all of us, his brother bishops:
“It is an essential part of our work as Catholics to build a more just society and economy. We feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, educate the young, welcome refugees and care for the sick and vulnerable. Our Church serves and stands in solidarity with those who are poor and jobless, helping them break the cycle of poverty and act on behalf of their own families and communities.”
The Bishops’ CCHD Subcommittee and the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development are working diligently and carefully to carry out the Review and Renewal of CCHD as we promised. Among the steps are these:
If you have any concerns or questions about CCHD, our progress in carrying out the Review and Renewal or these accusations, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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