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Catholic Relief Services or Abortion Relief Services?
Will the Bishops act?

From Shaun Kenney (Red State), after revealing clear ties of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) own official charity, and American chapter of Caritas Internationalis, Catholic Relief Services, with abortion-promoting and abortion-providing organizations (tip: The Curt Jester, in our sidebar):

[A] pattern of aiding some very un-Catholic activities at Catholic Relief Services is beginning to emerge.

– Catholic Relief Services is a dues-paying member of the CORE Group, which is highly committed to spreading birth control to poor people in third world countries;
– and Catholic Relief Services is a dues-paying member and on the Executive Committee of MEDiCAM, an organization dedicated to expanding “safe abortions” in Cambodia.

When faithful Catholics put money in the second collection on Sunday morning for Catholic Relief Services believing the money is going to help the poor, why then is Catholic Relief Services giving CORE Group and MEDiCAM the money to help exterminate the poor?  Why is CRS giving any organization supporting the abortion its money, its name, and its leadership?

Mr. Kenney laudably calls his readers to voice their concern to CRS, but he is missing the point. The faithful may complain as loudly as they wish to CRS, but ultimately THE BISHOPS OF THE UNITED STATES ARE DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE for CRS, and they are the ones who must be pressured to immediately intervene and completely overhaul CRS, which has clearly become dedicated to the culture of death, even in a nation so deeply affected by murder in the 20th century, Cambodia. It is the utmost cruelty and immorality to grant even a single dollar to promote a "Catholic"-financed culture of death in the nation that suffered so much under the Khmer Rouge.

And, to make things worse, CRS uses lame excuses to separate the money it gives to these organizations from the use they make of it, as if the resources provided by CRS were not completely fungible in the revenue of each explictly pro-death organization. Even if the revenue sources are "separated", it naturally follows that the receiving organization will reallocate resources from one area in which it does not need the resources provided by a Catholic grant to another area that the Catholic charity is not willing to finance directly - though that is not even an excuse in the Cambodian case, in which CRS has membership in the death-promoting organization's executive committee.

So what will you do, most Reverend Pastors of America?


  1. The bishops have acted - +Dolan, head of the USCCB, invited President Obama to the Al Smith dinner... Don't you get it? It's okay to dine w/presidents who only obey the laws they believe are constitutional and advocate for abortion AFTER birth because it's a "night out" ...

  2. I wrote to my bishop about this. No response yet.

  3. RC asked, "So what will you do, most Reverend Pastors of America?"

    Their SILENCE speaks so loudly and clearly.

  4. As far as I am concerned the USCCB should be totally ignored, period.
    And so should be all second collections spawned by that organization. Only give to entities which you are sure of are Traditional and faithfully Catholic.
    The USCCB should merge into the White House, they sing from the same songsheet.

  5. So what will you do, most Reverend Pastors of America?

    Are you asking both of them who read this 'blog, or was this intended to be rhetorical? :)

  6. This is incredible news. I just reposted.

    I hope the mainstream media catches wind of this and reports it all over Fox and CNN. That might actually help.

  7. Cardinal Dolan was actually the bishop in charge of CRS before being elected USCCB president. How did the bishop in charge of oversight for the USCCB miss all that?

  8. In April 2008,moral theologian Germain Grisez wrote to some friends:

    “It seems to me that the Catholic Church – and its agencies – can rightly engage in activities only insofar as they are an appropriate part of the Church's apostolate, and that activities from which the Church and her agencies must distance themselves cannot pertain to her apostolate. Moreover, I investigated the information that CRS is supplying, and found that some of it clearly seems to promote [condom] use. It seemed to me that the bishops ought to investigate this agency. After reflection, I judged that publicizing what I had found would strengthen the hand of Archbishop Dolan – who became Chair of the CRS Board only last November – in leading the Board, and the NCCB as a whole, in carrying out the needed investigation. I therefore wrote an article that is appearing in the April issue of Catholic World Report. Some bishops' failure to take firm and prompt action needlessly escalated a few clerics' and religious men's seduction of minors into a disaster. Please pray that the US bishops act promptly and firmly to prevent another, similar disaster. If you can encourage Archbishop Dolan or any other US bishop to fulfill his responsibilities in this matter, please do so.”

    Grisez’s article on CRS, titled “The Church Betrayed?”, concluded as follows: “If there has been betrayal at CRS, the evil is not unlike the clergy sexual seduction scandal, especially insofar as it spiritually harms those who should be served. I trust Archbishop Dolan, unlike Cardinal Bernard Law, will not compound any wrongdoers’ wickedness by looking the other way...”

    In the event, Archbishop Dolan, after having first circulated a letter to all of his brother bishops in which he misrepresented the nature of the indictment which Grisez was making…looked the other way. Along with all of the American bishops. And along with us!

    Yes, us. You might notice that next to its logo on its website CRS calls itself “the official overseas relief and development agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.” But directly below that logo – and on every piece of financial solicitation mail that you receive from CRS – the description reads otherwise: “CRS is the official international humanitarian agency OF THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY in the United States.” It is, you see, OUR agency…or so we are told. (On the theologically fascinating question as to your own degree of “material cooperation in evil,” if any, with YOUR “humanitarian” agency, please consult John Haas, president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, who advised CRS that since the money that it was granting to CARE was not “fungible,” CRS did not have to worry about cooperation in evil…technically. Well, Mr. Haas was wrong on the technical question of fungibility and thus wrong on the technical question of “material cooperation,” but he had the common sense at least to realize that the matter went beyond the irrelevant question of “technical” correctness, and he properly advised CRS against making the grant to CARE.)

    (second part to follow)

  9. (second part)

    You object. You say that is not your agency, by jove, as you refuse to (voluntarily) give CRS a dime! But the “voluntarily” is the rub. Two-thirds of CRS’s funding comes from the U.S. taxpayer, i.e., YOU. (To be technically correct, CRS should of course call itself “one of the official humanitarian agencies of the taxpaying community – Catholic and non-Catholic – in the United States.”)

    And that is the other scandalous and anti-charitable part of CRS – and of many other Caritas Internationalis organizations – and it is the part that will not be “reformed out” of CRS even in the extremely unlikely event that the bishops stop looking the other way and “clean the place up,” making sure that only the “right kinds” of projects and organizations are funded. Even with such reforms, the organization will STILL be based on the involuntary, coerced “donations” of American taxpayers. And it will thus still be a corrupt, anti-charitable, un-Catholic, non-Catholic organization…even if it were to give every penny it coercively extracted from mainly non-Catholic taxpayers to Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

    Don’t try to “reform” CRS. ABOLISH CRS. That should be no problem. It’s your organization…right?

  10. To Calvin's point, I'd add, "Why stop at CRS? Abolish the whole USCCB!"

  11. Answer - not with any unity because they need to put there own house in order first. This is therefore impossible to do.

  12. One must always be careful in contributing to any general charitable organization without knowing where they stand on abortion, or one might inadvertantly be contributing to abortion.


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