Wednesday, November 18, 2009

CCHD fight getting ugly

Friends in Christ,

This upcoming weekend will be the special collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, which is the anti-poverty wing of the USCCB. I don't know the history of it, but it has turned into a branch of the USCCB that gives money to organizations that directly go against church teaching. Money from the CCHD goes to fund groups that promote abortion, contraception and same-sex "marriage".

Now, don't get me wrong. I am anti-poverty. It is very sad that there are so many that go hungry, and don't have a place to live. But, as a people of Faith, the one true Catholic Faith, we cannot compromise things essential to our faith for the sake of ameliorating the human condition. In fact, funded such things that are opposed to our faith does the opposite affect: it worsens the human condition. There are countless studies that talk about the psychological impact of abortion; there are studies about how regular use of contraception increases the risk for divorce and broken families; there are also studies that show that the allowance for homosexuals to be married breaks down the family. The result of all three of these is a human condition worse than before. And the CCHD is going to fund such things?

I invite you to look into the CCHD. The American Life League speaks very badly of the organization. Life Site News talks extensively about it here.

Matt Abbott of Renew American has also gotten into the fray, especially with the Archdiocese of Chicago's Office. You can read his article here.

To be neutral and open minded, Here is the USCCB press release on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and its upcoming collection.

Now, having written all of this, I can't in good conscience give to the campaign, and I invite you to consider withdrawing your support for this campaign. Remember, we can't give up tenants of our faith for the sake of a greater good. This common philosophical error is called proportionalism, where we weigh the good with the bad, and decide what to do according to the greater good. Even though the CCHD does do good things with anti-poverty, it also does bad things with abortion, contraception and homosexual groups. Morally, we cannot give.

May you remain close to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. May God bless you.

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