• Ben

    Americans, including Catholics, have donated millions to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. To say Catholics hate the poor just because they choose not to do it through CCHD is just as over-the-top as the people at ALL and Reform CCHD Now.

  • Michael

    As the lead researcher and principle author of the full report contained at http://www.reformcchdnow.com, I wish to address some of the responses you provided to concerns brought to you by Catholics commenting on your previous column.

    1) In your response to the charge that “nothing has changed,” you pointed to the CCHD’s “Review and Renewal” document that outlines 10 commitments. While I am not going to suggest that the bishops are not trying to fix the problems, because I believe that they are, the commitments are only good if they are followed. The Review and Renewal took place in 2010, and our findings indicate that the trend of funding for pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, pro-birth control and Marxist organizations has actually gotten worse … not better.

    2) The “apology” you cited is also from the “Review and Renewal” document (which is 2 years old now, and addresses SOME of the problematic grants brought to the CCHD’s attention in 2009. CCHD, however, continues to malign the methodology of our research and our conclusions, accusing us of “recycling” old accusations and using old information that has already been addressed. Furthermore, I wish to point out that this same document incorporated a new guideline (which we at American Life League had a hand in developing) that forbids funding for organizations that are members of coalitions that promote abortion, birth control, homosexuality, etc. To date, this guideline had resulted in the defunding of TWO grantees (Companeros and Land Stewardship Project), while grantees are allowed to remain members of the abortion and homosexuality promoting Jobs with Justice, the entirely Marxist run Interfaith Worker Justice, and the Gamaliel Foundation, which lied DIRECTLY to the CCHD about its relationship with an organization that supports legal recognition of same-sex couples (more on that later).

    3) Regarding the funding of pro-abortion, pro-homosexual organizations, you said, “Will this happen again in the future? Maybe—I don’t know how it could be avoided; but any organization which breaks with Catholic teaching can be assured that there will be no renewal of their contract in the following year.” Sadly, this has not been our experience. There are several organizations in our report that we profiled in previous years, which CCHD continued to fund, despite the SOLID PROOF we provided to them about the organizations’ actions in support of abortion, birth control, homosexuality and Marxism. Here are a few examples:

    A) Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights: You can see the profile here: http://reformcchdnow.com/wp-content/uploads/Georgia-Latino-Alliance-for-Human-Rights.pdf We previously reported to the CCHD that GLAHR participated in a forum committed to cross-promoting homosexual “rights” with immigrant rights by supplying a speaker to the event. We also showed them as members of the US Human Rights Network (pro-abortion, pro-homosexual), Jobs with Justice, and Health Care for America Now! CCHD gave GLAHR a grant the following year, and we provided additional information illustrating its commitment to abortion and homosexuality. This has not been addressed by CCHD, and GLAHR continues to be a grant recipient.

    B) Somos un Pueblo Unido: Here is the link to our report on them: http://reformcchdnow.com/wp-content/uploads/Somos-un-Pueblo-Unido.pdf Previously, we reported to CCHD that Somos has been receiving grants for “reproductive justice” from granting agencies that grant ONLY for reproductive justice projects. In addition to that, Somos, is identified as a “reproductive rights group” by another granting agency. Somos continued to receive funding, so our latest report now explains that its radio show praised the blocking of parental notification laws on abortion. Somos also advertised for the homosexual organization, PFLAG in its newsletter. These are the actions of the organization itself, and they are all violations of the CCHD grant guidelines. However, Somos continues to receive funding.

    C) Women’s Community Revitalization Project: Here’s the profile on them – http://reformcchdnow.com/wp-content/uploads/Womens-Community-Revitalization-Project.pdf In previous years, we showed the CCHD that WCRP had an intimate relationship with “Women’s Way,” which grants money ONLY to organizations that “support a woman’s full range of reproductive choices.” This relationship includes WCRP’s executive director being on the advisory board of Women’s Way’s newsletter. We also pointed out that WCRP was a member of Women Vote PA, whose organizational agenda was to endorse abortion, birth control, homosexuality, contraceptive sex education for kids, and even opposes conscience protections for pharmacists who do not wish to distribute contraceptives. This year, we pointed out that the executive director for WCRP is a homosexual activist who advises pro-homosexual candidates on homosexual issues. WCRP has NOT been defunded!

    D) As we were investigating the Gamaliel Foundation (of which 21 CCHD grantees are affiliates), we found that they are a member of the governing body of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement … and the problem with that is the fact that FIRM made an official, public statement in full support of legal recognition of same-sex couples, calling them “families.” As a member of the governing body, gamaliel had direct knowledge and involvement in the adoption of this action. We gave that information to the CCHD, and after the CCHD confronted Gamaliel about this, Gamaliel presented CCHD with a letter it claims to have sent to FIRM in 2010, severing the relationship. When the CCHD sent us this information, we took another look and found a root folder on Gamaliel’s own website containing files dated 2011 that list Gamaliel as a member of FIRM in 2011, Gamaliel as a member of the executive committee of FIRM in 2011, and even points to Ana Garcia-Ashley, the head of Gamaliel, as a contact. We also found a set of meeting minutes for a FIRM members conference call dated 9 December 2011. In these meeting minutes, Ana Garcia-Ashley is listed as a participant and Gamaliel is again nominated to the executive committee for 2012. We sent this information to CCHD, proving that Gamaliel lied to them about their relationship with FIRM, and what we got in return was National CCHD cancelling our scheduled meeting without any explanation beyond “We see no reason to meet at this time.” You can see the evidence for yourself in this profile here: http://reformcchdnow.com/wp-content/uploads/VOICE-Buffalo.pdf

    4) In response to announcement from Catholic Citizens of illinois, you said, “They’re a group of conservative Catholics from around the country who rely, once again, on information published on the Reform CCHD Now website.” If our information is unreliable, then I might agree with your assessment, however I stand by my research. If you can illustrate an inaccuracy in our report, then I will be happy to correct the problem.

    We have profiles on 74 CCHD grantees for the year 2011-2012 on our website: http://www.reformcchdnow.com. I will be more than happy to address any concerns or questions you may have about this report. But I do ask that you not dismiss our findings without first familiarizing yourself with the information.

    God Bless,

    • http://google? Liz

      Excellent! Thank you Michael! I am not giving the way I used to for lot’s of thing’s because I do not support the bishops and religious who are not doing there jobs. The elections outcome say’s it all. I give privately directly and locally. Enough said.
      God bless,

  • Jerry Schmutte

    How can anyone go through the 2,000 page ALL report on the 2011-12 grants and still conclude that CCHD has reformed? You are truly delusional.

  • http://lesfemmes-thetruth.blogspot.com Mary Ann Kreitzer

    I wonder if you would drink a glass of water that was mostly pure spring water but only 5% or 10% raw sewage. Thirty to 50% of the CCHD collection goes to Alinsky community organizing groups. The reason we have the problem with Obama and the HHS mandate is partly because of CCHD and the bishops support for groups that elect liberal Marxist socialists. How can you overlook the fact that over $2 million from the collection last year went to support groups working for abortion, contraception, same-sex marriage, and other INTRINSIC moral evils. While the bishops talk about how they can’t go along with the HHS mandate because it supports intrinsic evil, they spend Catholic money fraudulently collected from Catholics who think they are helping the poor to advance intrinsic moral evils. It’s time for things to change. And just saying they have is wishful thinking.

  • Fiestamom

    I don’t agree when you say this ”  And especially today, the CCHD is the best organization to demonstrate that the Catholic Church cares about the poor and the underserved”. Why can’t Catholics on their own donate to local charities? In my diocese, I donate to Catholic Parish Outreach which is a huge food bank, and also Birthchoice, also a Catholic run center for pregnant women.

    I have many issues with CCHD, but one issue is the same that I have with the Food Stamp program. Why give money and have it be taken up with overhead of the Admin of the CCHD, as well as the admin of the groups they give. If I give directly, I cut out the middleman.

    The diocese(s) of Phoenix and Tucson are giving to Interfaith councils which are under the umbrella of the West Southwest Interfaith councils….which have on their website selected readings which include Saul Alinsky…who dedicated his book to Lucifer. http://www.swiaf.org/readings/

    And the CCHD sees me as polarizing!

  • http://www.chnetwork.org Teresa G

    Awesome, Kathy, as always.

  • Mariann G

    This is so incredibly sad. The CCHD needs to close down. It was never supposed to go this many years. It has remained too long with too many cases of funding those opposed to Catholic Truth. Monies should be staying in the diocese. Why would it be so wrong to assist those we know are our neighbors. Too much money going to national who has been irresponsible. I am sorry, but your explanations are horrible…here’s one…
    ” Ralph McCloud, also a male.
    I’m not sure, but I think the commenter was probably referring to Alexia K. Kelley, an Obama policy advisor with connections to abortion-supporting politicians and a controversial advocacy group. The only thing is, Kelley has just been named president and CEO of FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities), and has no role at the CCHD.”
    The comments have been about both of these people you mention…both. And now we’re all supposed to feel at ease because they’re shuffling Alexia Kelley to yet ANOTHER Catholic organization?????? Oh my! Please give us some credit. This is horrible. She should be given her walking papers and never should be president and CEO of any part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Who, may I ask appointed her to this new position? Close all of these orgs…please dear God, instead of churches.

    • Kathy Schiffer

      Relax, Mariann. FADICA, the organization which hired Alexia Kelley, is completely independent of the Catholic Church. They publish a directory to help in fundraising. Kelley does not now and has not ever worked for the bishops. FADICA is not, nor has it ever been, a part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

      • Michael

        ” Kelley does not now and has not ever worked for the bishops. ”

        Hi Kathy,
        Just a quick correction. “Kelley brings a wealth of experience in various sectors to FADICA, including time at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), leading nonprofits, and serving in the White House’s Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Contributing to the USCCB’s anti-poverty initiative, Kelley worked at the Catholic Campaign for Human Development from 1993 through 2002.”


        Kelley did, actually, work for the bishops. For 9 years.

        Have you taken a look at the full report I wrote at http://www.reformcchdnow.com? I would be interested in your thoughts on the facts I posted above.

  • Elaine S.

    “Why can’t Catholics on their own donate to local charities?”

    The bishop of my diocese (Springfield, Ill.) recently opted to replace the CCHD with a diocesan collection that will award grants to LOCAL organizations meeting its criteria. The public statements I have read in parish bulletins, etc. announcing this change don’t specifically cite problems with or objections to CCHD, instead they emphasize the benefits of having the money help people in our own communities. However, I strongly suspect that our bishop (known for being very strongly pro-life) probably didn’t like what he saw going on with CCHD and decided to opt out of it. I would guess other dioceses have done the same.

    • Kathy Schiffer

      And that is an option, Elaine–as is giving on a personal basis. The impact in public perception would be greater, though, if we collectively give that half a million to hurricane victims. There, the Church shows itself for the generous and Christ-like group we try to be.

      • Ben

        Catholic Charities in Brooklyn was happy to accept my donation to help after Sandy hit. Doesn’t the Church get credit for that? After all, the word “Catholic” is in the name. Just because the money doesn’t come from CCHD doesn’t mean it doesn’t come from the Church.

        I’m happy that Bishop Soto is directing CCHD funds to the victims of Sandy. But I don’t understand what any of this has to do with CCHD. Catholic Charities was set up to give immediate material support to the poor. CCHD was set up to address the root cause of poverty. But now CCHD is also giving material assistance to the poor. I like giving material assistance to the poor, which is why I give to Catholic Charities. I just don’t see why the USCCB needs two organizations to do it.

  • http://www.reformcchdnow.com Michael

    Hi Kathy,
    It was good chatting with you over the holiday. I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving. I’m looking forward to your thoughts on the facts regarding the CCHD I posted earlier.
    God Bless,

  • http://none R. W. Schoenecker

    The “smoke of Satan” seems to be everywhere these days. There are so many ways to hide affiliations that it seems impossible to investigate so broad a listing of benefactors. About the only sure answer is to keep charitable giving close to home — unless CCHD is willing to spend the money, time and effort to better control its list.