So, it’s that time of year again, when the Conference of
Catholic Bishops' Catholic Campaign for Human
Development (CCHD) will come calling on all Catholics
for more money. Our Bishops are going to be asking us
to pony up this Sunday, in fact.
What a good idea! I wonder if Bernie Madoff could use
For the past three years, Reform CCHD Now (RCN) has
investigated organizations receiving funds from the
Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
Throughout this investigation, RCN has witnessed a
rising trend in granting money to organizations that
support abortion, birth control, homosexuality, and/or
Marxism either directly or through coalitions. Despite
repeated claims by CCHD representatives that CCHD does
not fund such groups, the report this year indicates
that 37% of the organizations receiving CCHD funds are
in violation of CCHD guidelines. In this year's report,
RCN found that $2.8 million of the total $7.6 million
(38%) in CCHD grants went to organizations undermining
the Church's efforts to protect human life and dignity.
Meanwhile, faithful Catholics who dare request the
Traditional Latin Mass in their various dioceses
inevitably get a lot of this sort of thing from their
shepherds: Well, how about we have that little
Extraordinary Form on the 14th day of every month in
which there's a blue moon. And there's that nice chapel,
right down there by the red-light district, that would
work just fine. That okay?
Are some good bishops upset by this latest scandal
involving the CCHD? Of course! But collegiality keeps
them pretty quiet about it, which is sad since millions
of dollars will be collected in its name the day after
Well, enough’s enough! Catholics who still believe it
necessary to raise their children in the old Faith spend
half their time trying to get the government off their
backs and the rest trying to get the American bishops to
leave them alone. The
latest thing here in St. Paul is
a requirement that home school parents must bring their
little ones to local faith-formation classes in order to
be allowed to receive Penance and First Holy Communion.
Do our Bishops not realize that one of the reasons we
home school in the first place is to spare our children
these "faith formation" classes—often referred to as
“faith deformation” classes?
Tens of thousands of Catholic parents in America are
staying away from parochial schools for good reason.
They don't want heterodox catechists having access to
their kids. They don't want watered-down faith-formation
programs. They don't want Theology of the Body,
classroom sex-ed and the rest of the rot that goes on in
all too many Catholic schools today.
Many Catholics can't in good conscience even attend the
modernized, feminized Masses in their parishes anymore.
They drive hours every Sunday, trying to find a Mass
that won’t scandalize their children.
I myself drive 45-minutes every Sunday (one way) just to
find a Mass where my seven children won't be forced to
receive the Body of Christ in the hand, while standing,
and from some lady with a lot of control issues. Our bishops have told our children they're not
allowed to even genuflect before receiving Holy
Communion, much less kneel and receive on the tongue.
What’s the matter with these men?!
And how much more of this are we Catholics expected to
take. Home educators, traditionalists, faithful
Catholics all across this country are trying to keep the
Faith (at a time when countless numbers are losing it), keep the
tawdry details of sex scandals and cover-ups from
their little ones, and keep themselves on the straight
and narrow. And now they get to watch their Bishops help raise funds for abortionists and same-sex
marriage advocates. It’s just too much.
Every day our wives rise with the sun and begin again
the process of educating our children at home because,
for most part, there isn't a Catholic school anywhere
around which bothers to teach the Rosary, the Mass, the
old Catechism, the Faith our fathers were taught for a
thousand years. Here in this barren wasteland
called the American Catholic Church, Catholics search
for orthodoxy, thirst for doctrine, and must educate
their children at home if they want them to keep the
Faith. We don't mind. It's a grace from God to be so
close to one's children in these dark days. But are we
expected, really, to give what little money we have left
these days to the scandal-ridden Catholic Campaign for
It'll be a cold day in hell before I drop one thin dime
into the CCHD collection basket, which, as
put it, "will go to abortion, contraception, promotion
of same-sex 'marriage,' porn-pushing, prostitution
enabling, salaries of community organizers and the
election of political Marxists."
Certainly, not all of the American bishops are aware of
this fact, but that does little to lessen the scandal.
Who is in charge of this organization? Who is minding
the store? Does anyone even care anymore?
Remember the ACORN scandal a few years ago? Did our
Bishops refund us for that sham? Did they even
apologize for it? What about that scandal? And what
about this one? What about all the scandals?
Is it any wonder that the Catholic Church in
America is breathing her last?