Charges are flying back and forth over the criticism of John Carr, Director of the peace and social justice department at the USCCB which oversees the Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). The bishop responsible for CCHD, Roger Morin, says all the charges against John Carr are "totally ridiculous." Bishop William Murphy, who chairs the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, went after Carr's accusers telling Catholic News Service, “I’m concerned about these attacks on John Carr and I know they are false and I think they are even calumnious. I am taking this to be a very sad, sad commentary on the honesty of some people in these pressure groups." Ah yes, the best defense is a good offense. Attack the messenger. It's the same tactic used during the sex abuse scandals when parents were treated like enemies for trying to defend their children from sodomites in the priesthood. Your Excellencies, that strategy didn't work. Where's the openness and transparency you promised? Honesty is certainly at issue here. Perhaps you should examine your own consciences.
Meanwhile, neither bishop addressed the charges which show millions of Catholic dollars being poured into pro-abortion and pro-homosexual groups. But read the CNS article and the American Life League report for yourself. Calling the charges "totally ridiculous" doesn't address the serious scandal of dollars donated for poverty being poured into the coffers of those advocating for abortion, sodomy, and same-sex marriage. The proof is there and attacking the messenger doesn't address the questions.
In a letter to all diocesan pro-life directors the USCCB's director of the Pro-Life Secretariat, Tom Grenchik defended Carr's pro-life convictions. ALL responded with an open letter to Grenchik pointing out that they never questioned Carr's pro-life beliefs, but the "serious lack of prudence displayed by the USCCB’s social justice arm in its dealings with organizations whose aims directly contradict Church teaching."
Meanwhile the mountain of scandals continues to grow. ALL sent out a news release February 4 detailing a list of heterodox speakers at the upcoming "Social Gathering Conference" which brings together Diocesan Social Justice personnel for a meeting in Washington D.C. February 7-10. Among those on the program is Diana Hayes, "noted speaker for Call to Action, the 'Catholic' dissident group. Hayes is a homosexuality activist who wrote a book espousing liberation theology, calls for women’s ordination and promotes same-sex 'marriage.'" What a way to educate those responsible for administering social justice programs! Another radical on the agenda is Paul Booth. He and his wife Heather "have served as host committee members for the National Organization for Women's Intrepid Awards Gala." Heather also organized a project called "Jane" in 1965 to help women obtain illegal abortions before Roe v. Wade. That these individuals would be selected for a Catholic gathering is just one more proof that the "social justice" arm of the bishops is totally corrupt.
I frankly have to laugh at both Bishop Mruphy and Bishop Morin having the gall to allege that those criticizing what's happening at the USCCB made no attempt to contact Carr and CCHD. According to ALL's open letter and an earlier LifeSiteNews story, that simply isn't true. Rob Gaspar of Bellarmine Veritas Ministries and Michael Hichborn of ALL attempted to meet with both John Carr and Ralph McCloud, CCHD director, last fall and were rebuffed. But, hey, refuse the meeting and then blame the groups for not contacting you! It's a scheme worthy of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid. In view of the USCCB's close association with the death peddlers in the Democratic party, maybe that's where the bishops are getting their advice. They certainly aren't looking to the teachings of the Catholic Church.