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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - A bombshell report reveals the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is funding organizations promoting the Biden-Harris presidential ticket.
Lepanto Institute published a report on Tuesday showing that, through the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the USCCB funds Faith in Action (FIA) — a national organization that has affiliates endorsing Joe Biden.
According to its website, "Faith in Action is a 501(c)(3). Faith in Action and its affiliates are non-partisan and are not aligned explicitly or implicitly with any candidate or party. We do not endorse or support candidates for office."
But some FIA affiliates are intertwined with the Trump-hating and Biden-endorsing Black Church Political Action Committee.
"We, the @blackchurchpac would like to endorse Vice President Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) for president, and Sen. Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) for vice president. It's time to organize!" reads a Black Church PAC tweet. "Let's go out and VOTE!!!"
A key employee of FIA's Live Free Project, Rev. Michael McBride, co-founded Black Church PAC in 2017. Live Free has shared many of Black Church PAC's social media posts, some that clearly denounce Trump and endorse Biden.
PICO California, the regional umbrella for Faith in Action affiliate organizations in California, also shares Black Church PAC's social media posts.
PICO California's co-director is Rev. Ben McBride, who is Michael McBride's brother.
Another FIA affiliate, Faith in the Valley San Joaquin, spotlighted a Black Church PAC event.
"Yo! The play is in motion; let's get a win for the Lord and the ancestors! This Monday, years of work coalesce into launching black-led, black-centric, black church organizing, ensuring we get Trump out and our freedom IN!" reads the post. "This black vote this November gonna be epic! Black Clergy, ministry leaders, para-church leaders, and organizers need to lock in to this session!"
Tax records from 2018 show FIA compensated Michael McBride $113,098 and his brother, Ben McBride, $110,000.
Discussing this report with Church Militant, Michael Hichborn of Lepanto Institute illustrated what is playing out.
"An affiliate of an overall national organization is not independent of the national group," he explained. "Members of Faith in Action are affiliate organizations of the national entity, which makes them a lot like the fingers on a hand. If the index finger and thumb steal a stack of $100 bills, the entire hand participates in the theft."
"What is done by one is done by all," added Hichborn, who then provided another example.
"If a local affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America is not performing abortions, but is handing out contraception, funding the local affiliate is aiding the expansion of abortion because the growth of an affiliate aids in the growth of the national collective," he said.
Turning his comments to the USCCB, Hichborn said, "The most important thing to remember is that in 2008, the USCCB permanently banned ACORN from all future funding, in part, due to 'questions surrounding political partisanship.'"
"The evidence against FIA is at least as strong, if not stronger, than the evidence against ACORN," he added.
"During the CCHD bishops' subcommittee meeting Nov. 8–9, 2008, the subcommittee voted unanimously to extend and formalize ending CCHD funding of ACORN [Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now] organizations," explains a USCCB document on the discontinuation of ACORN funding. "This decision was made because of serious concerns regarding ACORN's lack of financial transparency, organizational performance and questions surrounding political partisanship."