First , ht to Catholic Culture.
CCHD Director Ralph McCloud (the same fellow who indirectly hindered last month's pro-life victory in Texas) has, according to America magazine, thinks he's discovered "the best antidote to lessening poverty". Now think a bit on the grammatical structure of that phrase, and keep it on the back-burner. I'll get to that shortly.
First, just what does McCloud claim this magic bullet to be? Are you ready? Drum roll, please. It is reforming prison-sentence guidelines!
And all the sane people said, "Huh?? What??!??!"
I thought one idea behind these "anti-poverty" efforts was to keep people from committing actions that might get them into jail in the first place. If they don't commit criminal activity, then prison sentences are irrelevant to them, right? Isn't CCHD more or less admitting that their clientele will wind up in prison? Is this a tacit admission that they (CCHD) aren't all they're cracked up to be?
To all the CCHD trolls reading this: if you want to reduce poverty, please listen and implement what Holy Mother Church has been saying for hundreds of years - and what honest secular leaders acknowledge. The greatest indicator and cause of poverty is a broken family. What causes families to dissolve? Sexual immorality: that is, the divorcing of the conjugal act from its ends of engendering life and fostering unity between husband and wife. Conversely, a deterrent to poverty is an intact family where children are living with both biological parents who are married to each other. Promote that, as opposed to partnering with "community-organizing" rackets that undermine Church teaching, and you'll make decent strides towards eradicating poverty.
Now let's get back to that odd phrase "best antidote to lessening poverty". I would ask how that slop ever escaped the proofreaders of America, but since so much theological error whizzes right by them, why not simple logical errors? I could see the sense in this phrase: "best antidote to poverty", or "best antidote to increasing poverty". C'mon! Does McCloud really want the "best antidote to lessening poverty"? Wouldn't he want poverty to lessen? Why would he want an antidote to that?
On the other hand, since one maxim of Alinskyian thinking is "never let a good crisis go to waste", perhaps the statement as originally laid out expresses their true sentiments. CCHD was founded by Msgr Jack Egan, a disciple of Saul Alinsky. Perhaps they'd like poverty to continue, since it provides so much "crisis" to justify their existence and constant agitation for "community-organizing" while they continue to fund nefarious groups.