Even after the million-dollar ACORN embezzlement scandal in 2008 forced the radical leftist group, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, to stop funding ACORN, CCHD keeps on funding radical left-wing organizations.
CCHD is the grant-making arm of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which acts on behalf of the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops. CCHD and ACORN share a left-wing ideology that puts a premium on Saul Alinsky-style aggressive community organizing.
While CCHD poses as a mainstream Christian charity trying to help the poor, it uses left-wing euphemisms in its mission statement. It seeks to address “the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative education.” “Root causes of poverty” is Marxist-speak meaning “capitalism is bad.”
The American Life League reports (PDF) that CCHD has been funneling money to:
- Chicago Workers Collaborative (Illinois) $30,000, associated with the International Socialist Organization
- LA Community Action Network (California) $40,000 — which supports same-sex marriage in violation of Catholic social teachings
- Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (Illinois) $40,000
- Massachusetts Community Labor United $30,000
Plus, 31 grantees of CCHD are affiliated with the Center for Community Change, an ACORN-wannabe organization headed by former ACORN official Deepak Bhargava.
CCC’s board includes Heather Booth, co-founder and president of the Midwest Academy, which teaches tactics of direct action, confrontation, and intimidation. Booth (pictured above) heads a far-left front group called Americans for Financial Reform which promoted the recent “Showdown on K Street” — an attempt to intimidate bank lobbyists into supporting so-called financial reform legislation.