October 28, 2009New Coalition Calling on Catholics To Boycott Upcoming CCHD Collection
The group has also launched a website dedicated to informing Catholics and tracking the progress of the campaign at www.reformcchdnow.com. The coupon may be downloaded and shared directly from the Web site’s home page.
The coalition has formed in response to the continuing scandal of the CCHD, and is calling the CCHD to a major reform, focused on ensuring grantees’ fidelity to Church teaching on social justice, family and life issues.
“It is said that ‘sunlight is the best disinfectant’, and we are trying to shed some light not only on the CCHD, but also on some wonderful organizations that actually serve the poor and disenfranchised in a way that is consistent with Catholic teaching” said Rob Gasper, president of Bellarmine Veritas Ministry, one of the groups calling for a reform of the CCHD. “We just think that faithful Catholics in the pews should be able to trust that the money they give to the CCHD is going to reputable organizations that in no way work against the Church.”
WWW.REFORMCCHDNOW.COM was launched today with four goals:
“We support without qualification our Catholic bishops,” said Stephen Phelan, Communications Manager for Human Life International. “We are confident that many of them will support this call for greater transparency in the CCHD, and to a deep reform in the organization. In this campaign we are asking that the CCHD reconsider its philosophy and practices.""We respectfully call the CCHD to respond to Pope Benedict’s call in his recent encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, when he challenged development professionals to work.
American Life League another well known and respected national organization has also signed on in support of this effort. Groups or organizations that wish to support the boycott sign on as supported from the coalition's website.