While hoping that the Catholic Campaign for Human Development will actually be reformed, faithful Catholics are right to remain skeptical. Prudence dictates continued withholding of contributions from this "Catholic" in name only charity that funnels money to so many immoral organizations. Michael Hichborn details the latest head shaker in his article about the Chelsea Initiative, a group that promotes homosexual activism. CCHD actually tried to convince this pro-homosexual group to KEEP their $40,000 grant after the group returned it saying they could not comply with CCHD rules. HUH? Can somebody at CCHD explain this? Sounds like Chelsea has more integrity than CCHD! Here's what Hichborn says:
This little revelation about national CCHD’s efforts to convince a pro-homosexual organization to keep the funding it is returning, because it did not believe it could adhere to the CCHD’s guidelines, raises questions about CCHD’s purported efforts to ensure that no funding goes to organizations that act against the Catholic Church. The Chelsea Collaborative fails two very specific guidelines of the CCHD: First, “CCHD will not fund groups that are members of coalitions which have as their organizational purpose or coalition agenda, positions or actions that contradict fundamental Catholic moral and social teaching.” And second, “Applicant organizations must not participate in or promote activities that contradict the moral and social teachings of the Catholic Church.”
In light of these clear violations (because its executive director stated her intent on behalf of the organization to pursue pro-homosexual activities, and because of Chelsea Collaborative’s membership in Jobs with Justice), page 5, section G-2 of the CCHD’s grant agreement specifically states the following: “In the event of termination of this CCHD grant, USCCB shall provide Grantee written notice of such termination and of the cancellation of any portions of the grant that remain to be paid. USCCB may, in its discretion, require Grantee to refund to USCCB the full amount of the CCHD grant and to transfer title to USCCB of any property purchased by the Grantee with CCHD grant funds.” (emphasis added)Why indeed? And why would any serious Catholic give a nickle to CCHD which is abusing the trust of Catholics in the pew. And why do the bishops continue to allow this evil organization to operate? Shut it down!
This is certainly not what happened. Instead of accepting the money in the face of Chelsea Collaborative’s stated desire to violate CCHD guidelines, the executive director for the CCHD attempted to persuade Chelsea to keep the funds. The big question here is: Why? Why has the CCHD so completely failed to uphold Catholic principles, defend the bride of Christ from Her enemies, and adhere to its own stated guidelines?