If anyone thought that the local CCHD in the Archdiocese of Washington was not funding any innimical organization, please be advised that they are. Proof can be found in the November 11th issue of the Catholic Standard, page 9. If you don't have a copy, no problem - it's online right here.
We read that Holy Comforter-St Cyprian parish has a "relationship" with the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN), which in turn receives CCHD funding. Let's look at the website of the Washington Interfaith Network. Right off the bat we see that they are affiliates of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF). Let's look at the "about the IAF", then "overview" page. They unabashedly admit to being founded by Saul Alinsky, the self-proclaimed "radical" who has made it his publicly-stated aim to remake our country into his image of a socialistic utopia. Read his book, "Rules for Radicals", obtainable anywhere online. Read as he states quite plainly that he believed that the "ends justify the means".
Let's go to the "links" page and look at VOICE. My colleague at Les Femmes, being based in Virginia, has done much research on them. Rather than rehash what she's learned, I post two of her links:
Have you noticed something that seems to be a problem for the CCHD, everytime there's an effort to convince Catholics that the CCHD is "on the up-and-up"? Their very attempts betray more squalid associations. They simply can't get away from the putrid stench of Alinskyite organizing. I regret saying that there is an obvious reason to this plight of theirs. That foul stench doesn't merely permeate them; it is the very essense of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
Let's step away from the dubious entanglements and look at some of the problematic statements made by archdiocesan officials. Anthony Bosnick, the director of the archdiocese's Department for Charity and Justice, stated that the CCHD helps to "reach out to the poor and vunerable and that's really the most important thing that we can do as a community." Well, that's not my understanding of the mission of the Church. As I see it, and as I've been taught, the primary mission of the Church is about the saving of souls. That's not to say that "reaching out to the poor and vulnerable" isn't important. It is an important thing that we do, but it is NOT "the most important thing." Msgr Charles Pope, pastor of the church mentioned above, said something similar, "Certainly care for the poor is central to the Gospel, and every Catholic should support the poor." Again, is not eternal salvation central to the Gospel? Of course it is.
Now why do you think there is the emphasis on "reaching out to the poor" at the expense of eternal salvation? Here it is, in a nutshell. Saul Alinsky, the inspiration behind the CCHD, was an atheist. As a non-believer in eternity, he saw only the here and now as being reality. Unfortunately, some of the apologists for the CCHD are unwittingly chanting that Alinskyan mantra, even though they themselves believe in eternity.
Again, I urge a complete boycott of the CCHD collection this weekend.
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