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Over a year ago we posted "CCHD helping the poor? Only indirectly", At the time they were supporting "Acorn" and related organizations. Well, they dropped "Acorn" but more of their grantees are not fit for support.

September 27, 2009 -- Washington D.C. (CNA)
Watchdog group 'pleased' with defunding of grantees who violate Catholic teaching 
A watchdog group which discovered that the Catholic Campaign for Human Development has given grants to groups which support abortion and same-sex "marriage" has said it is pleased that the campaign has taken steps to defund at least two of the organizations.
Bellarmine Veritas Ministry (BVM), which describes itself as "a Catholic grass-roots organizing ministry dedicated to truth and action," in August announced its effort to address some "troubling groups" funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).
According to its website, the CCHD was founded by the U.S. Catholic bishops in 1970 to fund projects such as voter registration, community organizations, community-run schools, minority-owned cooperatives and credit unions, capital for industrial development and job training programs, and rural cooperatives.
The CCHD makes grants to organizations that work to eliminate the "root causes" of poverty and to enact "institutional change."
Though the campaign's criteria require that funded activity must conform to the moral and social teachings of the Catholic Church, BVM found that some grantees' advocacy undermines those teachings.
One group, the Chinese Progressive Association, was to receive $30,000 in CCHD money in 2009.
The association's 2008 voting guide characterized California's Proposition 8 as "discrimination against same-sex couples" and opposed Proposition 4, a parental notification restriction on abortion. It also filed a legal brief in support of same-sex "marriage."
According to the research tool, the association's revenues were $562,960 in 2007, the last year for which information is available. That year, it received a $30,000 CCHD grant. It received $25,000 grants in both 2006 and 2008.
Another grantee is the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN), which promotes same-sex "marriage" and actively supports contraception and the morning-after pill through its Downtown Women's Center clinic. It has received CCHD grants for the past five years and was to receive $40,000 for 2009-2010.
CCHD Director Ralph McCloud was informed of BVM's findings by on September 10. On September 18 he said that both the Chinese Progressive Association and LACAN had been defunded. reported that he was still waiting to hear from the Young Workers United.
The organization, a new 2009 CCHD grantee, supports legalized abortion, legalized prostitution, and same-sex "marriage." The organization also sponsored a counter-protest to the Walk for Life – West Coast march in San Francisco in January 2008.
It was awarded a $25,000 grant for 2009-2010. The National Center for Charitable Statistics reports that the group's 2007 revenue amounted to $350,091.
The BVM report has also criticized a $30,000 CCHD grant to the Women's Community Revitalization Project, a coalition member of a group which favors abortion, the morning-after pill, contraception and same-sex "marriage."
McCloud said that he was "shocked" by the BVM report. He said the groups' profiled work in low-income communities did not include activities like voter's guides.
"When we had first begun a relationship with them, they weren't doing any advocacy at all, and we focus just on that particular portion of the work," he reported.
CNA contacted McCloud for further comment but did not receive a response by press time.
"We are pleased with this first step and regard it as a sign of good faith by the CCHD," Bellarmine Veritas Ministry said in a statement. "However, we remain concerned with how these organizations were cleared to receive funding in the first place."
The group said Catholics should feel assured that they will not fund groups which promote abortion or any other practice contrary to "the moral and natural law." However, in its view, there is no such assurance.
"Hundreds of thousands of dollars have made their way to such groups and if the current standards remain in place, the risk remains for the future."
Bellarmine Veritas Ministry said it will continue to advise Catholics to withhold donations from the CCHD until "more robust" guidelines are implemented.

Nov. 10, 2008 -- By John L Allen Jr Daily
USCCB: Catholic charities shouldn't go secular, Vatican official warns
Ahead of a discussion by the U.S. bishops of now-severed links between their top domestic anti-poverty program and the controversial ACORN network, the pope’s top lieutenant on charitable activities has warned that Catholic relief agencies must not lose their religious identity.
Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, speaking to the bishops this morning, did not enter into the debate about ties between the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and ACORN. He did, however, issue a general caution that Catholic charities must not become “indistinguishable from secular organizations such as UNICEF, the Red Cross, and others.”


The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) does not provide "Direct Services" such as feeding, clothing and housing the poor. It funds secular "Social Change" organizations that empower the poor or oppressed to organize and fight for government, union change through networking and community organization.

Two of the organizations receiving millions of dollars are the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF).

ACORN was well known for organizing sub-prime mortgages for poor families who could not possibly afford to pay them.

IAF is a radical organization founded by Saul Alinsky author of "Rules for Radicals". A manual for radicals.
Alinsky's magnum opus, "Rules for Radicals," contain the following "acknowledgement:"
"Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer"

Hundreds of smaller organizations receive grants for specific projects. Unfortunately some of these organizations do very little for the poor and some support abortion and stem cell research.

2009 Update:
"Watchdog group 'pleased' with defunding of grantees who violate Catholic teaching"

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