The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) laudably seeks to help correct the “root causes of poverty.” The Catholic Church does indeed have a mission to the poor and destitute, and speaks with an authoritative voice on fundamental social questions.
However, after much research and reflection, we found that many of the secular or faith based grantees chosen by the CCHD to aid in this call either do not share the Church’s vision of the dignity of man or have a deformed understanding of the Gospel. While the Church’s interests may intersect in particular cases with actions performed by these grantees, the flawed understanding of social doctrine held by these grantees does grave harm to the poor in the final analysis.
During this campaign we have outlined several examples of those grantees which harm human dignity by attacking central teachings of the Church in grave moral areas such as abortion, homosexuality and prostitution. Thankfully, the CCHD has addressed some of these specific cases. We still await implementation of reforms which will keep such groups from receiving funding in the future, but are hopeful the CCHD will move forward on this in the next year due in large part to your participation in our reform CCHD campaign.
In future reports we will discuss those grantees holding a deformed understanding of the Gospel of Christ and His true mission to humanity and whether or not the Church should be funding such organizations. We have refrained from this topic until now due to the pressing need of stopping the flow of funds to those grantees directly and immediately harming the dignity of man.
Finally, thank you to all who have taken the time to support us in our first national campaign. The response we have received has been both overwhelming and humbling. We hope to catch up in replying to all the letters and e-mails over the next few days, and look forward to providing continued action on this campaign as well as begin work on new campaigns, both personal and local. Also, we would like to thank those members of the CCHD who have been in contact with us, and hope to continue our dialogue in the coming weeks and months so that we can call on our members to generously support the CCHD in the future.
Rob Gasper and the entire Bellarmine Veritas Ministry