Saturday, October 3, 2009

Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Taking Applications

Above is a screenshot of the application for community organizers to seek grants from the CCHD. Click on the picture for a larger, more clear view. The deadline is November 1 - just in time for the CCHD annual appeal which hits most US parishes at Thanksgiving. How many community organizers know and understand Catholic Moral Teaching? One glaring omission is the promotion and/or dispensing of contraceptives. If something is intrinsically evil, should the Church be omitting it from an 'eligibility quiz'? And certainly all applicants are truthful - right? ACORN and all of the little mini-ACORNs wouldn't deceive, would they?

The Chinese Progressive Association received funding from CCHD yet in their voter guide, instructs people to vote against legislation that would require girls under 18 to have parental permission prior to an abortion and also pushes for gay 'marriage'.

Then there is the Los Angeles Community Action Network. A recipient of funds in the past, though admittedly not on the current grantee list, advocates 'reproductive health services' at a clinic which provides birth control, 'emergency contraception' (abortion pill) and God knows what else. The Rebecca Project pressed President Obama to take action in his first 100 days in office regarding matters such as defunding abstinence-only programs, pushing 'emergency contraceptive' (abortion pill) availability among other anti-Christian agendas. VOICE Buffalo is currently pushing for Health Care legislation as it currently stands, including tax dollars for abortion - and they proudly display their affiliations with the Church on the website home page.

There are more to list, but why bother - same story, different name. At the bottom of the application, it states the following:


Those submitting online grant or refund applications, submitting responses to the CCHD “Eligibility Quiz” or otherwise interacting with CCHD and/or USCCB by way of providing information above, understand and agree that these applications and submissions are all made in the District of Columbia. It is further understood and agreed that all grants, awards, refunds or business decisions regarding these issues, are made in the District of Columbia. Further, it is understood and agreed that any and all claims arising from these grant or refund applications, the CCHD “Eligibility Quiz”, or otherwise relating to the provision of information above, will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia.

It is further understood and agreed that the sole jurisdiction and venue for any litigation arising out of or relating to any such applications, grants, refunds, participation in the “Eligibility Quiz” or the provision of information above, will be in an otherwise appropriate federal or local court located in the District of Columbia.

In the event that any portion of this Agreement is held unenforceable, that unenforceable portion will be construed in accordance with applicable District of Columbia law so as to, as nearly as possible, reflect the expressed original intentions of the parties, and the remainder of the provisions will remain in full force and effect.

By submitting the above application for a grant or refund, submitting responses to the “Eligibility Quiz” or otherwise providing information, the submitter or provider agrees to all of the above conditions.

Not too scary, eh? Assuming all applicants are well informed on District of Columbia law seems to be a bit lazy, no? Any forms I sign usually give me pause because I am so afraid that I may have accidentally overlooked something and fear prison time if I added something correctly or forgot to initial a box. How about: If any information is found to be incorrect, any grant money must be refunded in full and you will be ineligible for further grants in the future. Where is that line? Oh, probably included in some D.C. law. Or the online application which is promised if they pass the initial sniff test.

I understand that the CCHD can only go by what information is provided them and that the application for funding is based upon trust. Perhaps if they simply had a couple of college students at the Catholic University of America volunteer some time googling potential grantees, they could save a lot of money which would have funded unworthy recipients. If they cannot responsibly handle the oversight of millions of well-intentioned Catholic parishioners, perhaps they should get out of the funding business.

Call for and end of the CCHD. It is clear that the Bishops are overwhelmed with this so we should lend them a hand by not giving them any money to worry about. Give to other causes which make a measurable difference without supporting sinful agendas. Leave the basket empty - or better yet, enclose a note in the envelope - and send a loud signal to your Pastor, your Diocese and the USCCB. Below are links to Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services - click on the pictures and give to them instead.

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Click here to read all +Ponderings+ on the CCHD. Educate yourself because the USCCB is not going to.

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