Catholic Group Urges Church To Dump CCHD

Thanksgiving is approaching and that means that the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) will be trying once again to con well-intentioned parishioners out of their hard earned money.

The radical ACORN-like CCHD, whose lineage can be traced back to Saul Alinsky, collects money ostensibly for the poor. The problem is that most if not all of the money never actually makes it to the poor. It finds it way to radical left-wing groups that promote values and ideas that Americans overwhelmingly reject. 

As I wrote in the Washington Times last year,

Growing up, I always thought Jesus’ admonition in the Book of Matthew, “The poor you will always have with you,” wasn’t meant to be taken literally as a directive to ignore the poor, but that’s exactly what a prominent Roman Catholic charity believes.

As this Sunday’s “second collection” approaches, most Catholics planning to donate to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development probably think their money will be used to help the poor by funding soup kitchens and homeless shelters. Well, the joke’s on them. CCHD has never provided direct relief to the poor. That’s not its purpose.

It is an extreme left-wing political organization created to feed and foster radical groups like ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). Most Catholics are blissfully unaware of its true mission, though it says right on its Web site that it aims to support “organized groups of white and minority poor to develop economic strength and political power.”

Since I wrote that op-ed last year, CCHD hasn’t changed. It’s still a racket and a haven for extremists who reject the America we know and love.

To help fight CCHD, parishioners of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, are circulating a petition to urge Bishop Paul S. Loverde to withdraw support for the 2010 National Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

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  1. Please, please, do not contribute to this organization or any other that the Bishops push, until you have thoroughtly checked them out!

  2. “Reform” of the existing, statist “Catholic” charities is not possible. The solution is to “replace, not capture.” Faithful Catholic laymen, in the prevailing environment of coerced, statist faux-charity, must establish new institutions which are conspicuous in being voluntary. Forthrightly and directly assuming their own charitable responsibilities – as every pope of the past century has urged – they need to fundamentally transform the Catholic charitable “system” by reclaiming it from governments and bishops.

    An initiative to establish an alternative, de-politicized, NON-government-funded real-Catholic charity is in place: Militia Caritatis Dei, a tough-minded charity for right-minded Catholics. Info at email: jgmerrill@comcast.net .

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