A friend of mine alerted me to this I wouldn't have learned of this otherwise, since I don't use parish envelopes.
Anyway, the Archdiocese of Washington is doing their in-pew collection for the CCHD in August. In prior years they followed the rest of the country in adhering to a November schedule. Here is the link to the Second Collection Schedule. There does seem to be some error here. The hyperlink clearly says "2011 Second Collection Schedule", but the pdf itself does state "2012 Schedule". Therein the CCHD is slated for August 12, which would be the 2012 Sunday. However, my friend has confirmed that her envelope states that the CCHD collection will happen this coming August 14th.
I checked the schedule for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Their CCHD collection remains in November - at least for now. So why is Washington accelerating their CCHD collection? One can only speculate, but perhaps one hypothesis is that the CCHD offices don't want you to be informed as to the usage of your donation dollars. This blog, and others, devoted much time to detailing the sordid origins of the Campaign for Human Development (the word "Catholic" was a relatively recent addition to the term). Were they trying to "get a jump on us", as it were?
One indication of an affirmative answer to that question lies in the minor name change to the collection. Look at the ADW schedule again. Notice that it's called "Catholic Communications and Human Development". So they removed "Campaign for" and replaced it with "Communications and". Well, so much for that ploy!
I urge you all to put the words "CCHD" in the "magnifying glass" box and read the material. In particular, I make two suggestions. First, examine all the material supplied by the Vortex, particularly the "CIA" piece on the CCHD and Saul Alinsky. Second, go to the top right-hand corner and click on the "Catholic Media Coalition" logo. That will take you to the CMC page, which itself contains a wealth of information on the CCHD. I also urge you to google the words "CCHD Stephanie Block". Ms. Block is a CMC colleague who has done yeoman's work in researching the CCHD; read that material. This information will give you ample reason to not only boycott this CCHD collection, but to encourage others to do the same.
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