The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has announced an annual award to engage young people 18-30 in working against poverty.
The CCHD announcement reads in part:
The Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award is given to a young adult age 18-30 who has demonstrated leadership against the causes of poverty and injustice in the U.S. The award aims to promote young people as leaders, honor their work in their parishes/organizations and strengthen the Catholic community’s participation in CCHD’s anti-poverty mission.
The timing couldn't be more perfect to name an award after Cardinal Joseph Bernardin considering one of "Bernardin's boys" is in the news. Rembert Weakland, former Archbishop of Milwaukee, out of the closet homosexual, may be the perfect "leader" to bestow the first award. His leadership skills are undeniable: leader in destroying the faith in Milwaukee, leader in destroying the historic cathedral, leader in promoting dissent, leader in scandal even in retirement. The man is inexhaustible.
But this award is named for Joseph Cardinal Bernardin. Who can deny that Bernardin had tremendous influence on the Church? An expert at doublespeak, the cardinal could begin a sentence defending a doctrine and undermine it before he reached the period at the end without even taking a breath. His "seamless garment" teaching on the life issues gave cover to countless pro-abortion politicians who claimed their opposition to the death penalty negated their support for killing the unborn.
Like so many of his proteges, Bernardin was accused of homosexual liaisons, most well-known being his relationship with Steven Cook. Here's an excerpt from a 2002 article:
In 1993, an admittedly active homosexual, Stephen Cook, accused Bernardin of sexually abusing him when he was a seminarian in Cincinnati. Although Cook subsequently dropped his suit against Bernardin, stating that he could "no longer trust his memory," Cook nevertheless did not recant his allegations.
Nine months before his death in September 1994 from AIDS, Cook was visited by Bernardin, who wrote about the meeting in the Chicago archdiocese newspaper, the New World. He took the highly unusual step of giving Cook – a man Bernardin earlier claimed he had never met – the chalice with which he said Mass. The gift was especially odd in that Cook never renounced his homosexual activities. At one point, Cook declared that "the Church will change before I will."
Cook, a man who couldn't rub two nickles together left a large estate estimated in the range of a cool $3 million. The out-of-court settlement was sealed, but apparently Cook's "apology" to Cardinal Bernardin and his statement that he couldn't depend on his memories was purchased by the diocese for a seven-digit payout.
Randy Engel in her monumental work, The Rite of Sodomy, devoted an entire chapter to Cardinal Bernardin and the "boys' club" in Chicago. Paul Likoudis in Amchurch Comes Out also documented Bernardin's influence in creating a pro-gay hierarchy. Had Bernardin, who died in 1996, lived until the sex-abuse revelations exploded, his role in covering up and moving around abusers would have rivaled Cardinal Law's. Bernardin's auxiliary bishop from his Cincinnati years,
Daniel Pilarczyk, was "found guilty of failing to report sexual abuse cases invovlving minors from 1978 to 1982 when he worked under Archbishop Bernardin." (Engel, p. 901)
That CCHD would implement this award in the name of one of the most scandalous cardinals in the U.S. Church is no surprise. It's a scandalous organization itself with a history of funding pro-abortion and pro-homosexual groups as well as Alinskyite organizations like ACORN that help elect radical politicians including our abortion president.
Grieve for our poor Church.