CCHD Head Ralph McCloud Defends His Radical, Marxist Charity

Ralph McCloud, director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)
Ralph McCloud, director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)

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Earlier today Ralph McCloud, director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), offered an eloquent but unconvincing defense of the radical charity he works for. He provided the commentary at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Fall General Assembly in Baltimore. Listen to the platitude-heavy discussion about the charity that finally cut off ACORN last year here.

An amusing exchange from the USCCB streaming video from the event today that sounded strangely like a PBS telethon:

PRIEST: You know that old axiom: Give a man a fish, he eats for a day; teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime. As I read more and more about CCHD it’s about teaching fishing and it seems like that’s part of where these monies go, that our own generosity helps others to sustain themselves and also to contribute to the life of society as well, right?

MCCLOUD: Sure. I would take it even a step further in that it’s kind of like teaching an individual to fish but in addition teaching an entire community to fish where they can be supportive of one another.

That’s not quite the way I see CCHD. The charity only reluctantly cut off ACORN last year and continues to fund the equally radical community organizing group Industrial Areas Foundation that was founded by Saul Alinsky himself. It also funds PICO, DART, and the Gamaliel Foundation.

CCHD funds groups that teach a man to steal another man’s fish so that he will survive at the expense of the other man for life.

That’s “social justice.” That’s what CCHD believes in.

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  1. Your summary of “teaching a man to steal a fish” is exactly right. I am born and raised in Chicago and have seen the way that community organizers have employed slander, extortion and veiled threats to get whatever they want from businesses and taxpayers. In addition, how much of the money given to Community Organizers winds up in their pockets as opposed to in the pockets of the people they claim to help?

  2. Is anyone out there fishing for souls? I agree with Paul–where is the money going for Community Organizers. We can see the grants from CCHD and from Tides, and Motts and Ford and Rockefeller and Gates and Heinz (etc.) foundations, but WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO? I really don’t see a lot of fish out there where the community organizers are. Maybe sharks.

  3. Let’s face it, the USCCB Bureaucracies have finally mind-melded with their counterparts in the federal government.

    The government has been giving “our” bureaucracies and agencies billions a year in exchange for the bishops’ leftist approach to almost everything that traditional Catholic teaching says Catholics can differ on.

    Mr. McCloud’s view can be summarized thus: “Your Excellencies, tell the people in the pews to go fly a kite, we are having a ball spending their money.”

    Thomas Sowell put it best: “Social Justice” is just institutionalized envy. How the Catholic Church’s bureaucracies came to embody on of the Seven Deadly Sins should interest some scholars out there– but don’t expect a grant from the CCHD.

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