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According to the report:
It appears that there are still questionable grantees; and, in fact, there has been strong criticism of the participation of members of the staff of the CCHD at the national offices of the USCCB and their membership in various controversial organizations and coalitions that work in opposition to the teachings of the Catholic Church, promoting abortion and gay “marriage.” A full report [See the full report here] of the organizations receiving grants that are not in conformity with the teachings of the Church was sent to all of the bishops in the United States by REFORM CCHD NOW.
Bishops are scheduled to debate reform of the troubled program in November.
Catholic Citizens report:
All members of the USCCB have been asked to respond to a document – “The Review and Renewal of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.” Although it has gone through five successive drafts, there is still no agreement among the bishops. Supporters of the CCHD are fearful that the bishops may call for sweeping changes at their November meeting, and are asking their allies to contact the bishops and express their satisfaction with the document, thereby halting any attempt at reform.
Meanwhile, hundreds of parishioners from the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, are already urging Bishop Loverde to withdraw his support of CCHD through a prayerful petitioning effort. I received this tonight…
Most devote Catholics would never knowingly support pro-abortion groups.
Yet on November 21st, many Catholics throughout the Arlington Diocese will unwittingly donate to organizations that promote abortion, homosexual marriage, and contraception.
That is because, despite the extensive publicity regarding CCHD’s funding of questionable groups, Bishop Paul S. Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington plans to go forward with the collection next month for CCHD.
Most people already know that CCHD gave millions of dollars to ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) before news of ACORN’s scandalous activities made national headlines. However, many people are not aware that CCHD continues to fund dozens of similar groups that promote abortion, contraception, homosexual marriage and other activities that are in direct conflict with Church teachings.
Hundreds of parishioners have already urged Bishop Loverde to withdraw his support of CCHD by signing the Prayerful Petition found at http://www.NoMoreCCHD.com We remain hopeful that Bishop Loverde will join other American bishops who have already withdrawn their support for CCHD.
Jeffrey E. Knight
466 Long Mountain Road
Washington, VA 22747
The petition simply states:
We the undersigned parishioners of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, respectfully urge Bishop Paul S. Loverde to withdraw support for the 2010 National Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and, in lieu thereof, sponsor a collection for the more worthy needs and programs of our diocese.
[…in lieu thereof, (CCHD Collection)…] sponsor a collection for the more worthy needs and programs of our diocese.