Catholics Organize Against Annual Church Drive to Fund ACORN Groups

Kathy S. sent this news about the upcoming CCHD drive planned for next weekend at Catholic Churches across the US.

I wonder if you are aware about the rapidly snowballing nationwide campaign AGAINST the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). One week from today, next Sunday, November 22, will be the annual bishops’ collection for CCHD in almost every Catholic church in America.

BIG NEWS is this: A few of the bishops have decided not to take up the collection–because of CCHD’s funding of ACORN, Saul Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation, several other Alinsky-connected groups, many Marxist “social justice” and “social development” groups…

Think about that: On one hand, the bishops are all over Capitol Hill promoting the pro-life Stupak Amendment to the leftist health-care bill; on the other, they’re giving money to leftist groups that promote–surprise, surprise–abortion!

Some of us have been objecting to the ACORN funding for years. It took the Rathke embezzlement scandal to finally get CCHD to cut off ACORN funding last spring. But dozens of other leftist, sometimes blatantly Democrat-Party-building groups have gotten hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions by well-intentioned Catholic parishioners who donated to “help the poor”–not knowing that the bishops were allowing their money to go to such objectionable organizations.

Richard A. Viguerie, a a conservative figure and writer on American politics, has written to other Catholic lay men and women throughout the nation to inform them of the nature of the organizations which are supported by the Campaign for Human Development. His letter is posted today at Christian News Wire:

You probably think you’ve never given money to ACORN and its allies. But if you’ve contributed to the annual November Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) appeal of the Catholic bishops, you’ve done just that.

Each November, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops asks Catholics across the United States to contribute to the CCHD. Until last year, much of this money collected by the bishops’ appeal was funneled directly to ACORN.

Are you going to again let the bishops use your contributions — money that’s intended for charity — to promote extreme left-wing causes such as taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand?

Or are you going to take the ACTION STEPS listed below, to stop charity money from being diverted into causes you (and most Catholics) find abhorrent?

Scandals have forced the bishops to stop funding ACORN directly, but they still fund other groups closely tied to ACORN — groups that have the same aims and that use the same methods to promote a left-wing, extremist agenda.

Catholics are led to believe that their contributions to CCHD are used to help the poor — funding soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and other worthwhile projects that provide aid to the least fortunate among us.

In fact, it appears almost none of the money goes to the poor.

Rather, it goes to organizations that engage in “community organizing” to promote a political agenda that many Catholics would find abhorrent, if only they knew. CCHD’s stated goal is “breaking the cycle of poverty,” but CCHD-funding organizations support policies that make it next to impossible for the poor to escape their circumstances.

It’s time for America’s Catholics to rise up, let their voices be heard.

This group of conservative Catholics is urging church members not to participate in the CCHD Drive until the Catholic Church can guarantee that the funds are not going to radical organizations like ACORN that oppose the Catholic church doctrine.

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