The Lepanto Institute reports on an interview between John Burger of Aleteia and Carolyn Woo, president of Catholic Relief Services. Burger asked her about the many instances where CRS was caught partnering with organizations dealing in abortion, sterilization and contraceptives. He also touched upon Richard Estridge, the CRS vice president who was exposed as being in a "gay marriage" for two years - and who still retains his position.
In typical progressive fashion, Woo describes as "attacks" our discovery and exposure of CRS derelictions of Catholic duty. When queried about CRS's squalid association with anti-life organizations, she replie (with my comments in red):
"The type of attacks come in three forms. The first is: Why do we work with other organizations which don’t follow Catholic Church teaching?…
So when we have responsibilities for these types of activities, for the scope of these activities, if we don’t reach out to other partners who have coverage of those territories, we are basically leaving a big swath of population unattended. … If we don’t collaborate with other agencies, we are leaving those people without any hospitals or clinics or access to those medications" Our first concern as Catholics is to save souls. Any other concern, while important, is secondary and ancillary to the overriding concern for eternal salvation. There is no indication of any such concern in Woo's remarks. The activities of CRS, in legitimizing contraception and abortion, may well be leading souls to eternal damnation.
In dealing with the CRS vice president who is in a "same-sex marriage", Woo trips over herself during her verbal tap-dance. "CRS has a senior person who is in a civil gay marriage, and the question is, Is that a violation of Church teaching? I just want to say we are working through this." As I said in a previous post, if the person was found to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan, there would be no "question", no "working through this". He would have been out on his ear in a heartbeat. If Woo really has to ask if it's a violation of Church teaching, she should be handed her pink slip as well.
Catholic Relief Services is showing itself to be a thinly-disguised front group for all sorts of progressives. It can be argued that CRS is merely the international version of Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Both are under the direct control of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The whole apparatus is showing itself to be quite the devil's liar and should be unceremoniously scuttled at once.
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