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A Simple Proposal for the CCHD

September 29, 2009

First, we would like to thank those of you who have taken the time to support this national campaign with your prayers, efforts and notes of encouragement.   It will only be through your continued support that we will see the CCHD reform its grants process.

While the CCHD has removed several of the troubling organizations from the 2009-2010 grantee list, the process which allowed these groups to receive grants still remains in place.   Until the CCHD’s grants process is reformed, the possibility remains that other organizations which support abortion and other moral evils will be awarded access to the money Catholics donate in good faith to help the poor.

In a recent article, CCHD executive director Ralph McCloud defended the current multi-level grants process and added:

“Even then, sometimes you will find organizations that will either shift philosophies or change missions or go in another direction in between funding times…” (Catholic New Service, Sept. 24, 2009)

However,  this fails to explain grantees like “Young Workers United.”  This organization was scheduled to receive its first grant between 2009-2010, but their blatant support of abortion, homosexual marriage and legalized prostitution has been documented as taking place as early as January of 2008.  This is not an organization that “shifted direction” after being cleared for granting.   Instead, they somehow made it through the current grants process even though their pro-abortion philosophy was already apparent.

We ask the CCHD to consider the following proposal:  In addition to strengthening the current grants process already in place, require that all prospective grantees sign a public agreement stating they will conform to the fundamental principles of Catholic social doctrine, including the right to life from conception to natural death. This public statement would be made available on both the CCHD web-site as well as posted on the grantee’s web-page.  Catholics have the right to know where the organizations they fund stand on fundamental issues, especially the right to life.

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