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The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), an agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), annually provides anywhere from $9 million to $15 million to political agitation groups every year. For fiscal year 2018–2019, the CCHD issued a total of $11,587,939 in grant money to such organizations.
The problem is that every year, despite constant denials, promises, and even an entire campaign of "review and renewal," many of the organizations the CCHD funds undermine Church teaching. Time and again, CCHD has given grants to organizations that promote abortion, homosexuality, Marxism, or heresy, or they are members of coalitions that do these things, or their leadership is involved in them. And this last grant cycle is no different.
We've already published four reports on organizations from this grant cycle. Earlier this year, we published a report exposing a $750,000 grant given to the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN). ISN actively promotes homosexual perversions, including transgenderism. The CCHD issued a response to our report, defending both the grant and the perverse activities of ISN. We also recently published a report on $25,000 granted by the CCHD to Just Economics, an organization found to be pushing homosexual activism, and a report showing the personnel problems at three CCHD granted organizations.
Clearly CCHD's "rigorous" screening policy is nothing but smoke and mirrors. Rotten-to-the-core organizations continue to receive funding year after year, funds taken directly from the wallets of the faithful in the pews.
Another case in point — VOICE-Buffalo Inc. This organization received funding from the CCHD over a period of nine grant cycles, from 2007–2019, for a total of $380,000 dollars, including a grant for $65,000 during the most recent 2018-2019 grant cycle. This means that CCHD has utterly MISSED the serious problems with Voice-Buffalo for nine separate screening processes, five of which happened after the supposed "review and renewal" of the CCHD.
Here is what CCHD missed.
VOICE Buffalo's Fund Development Chair Harry Grace supports Planned Parenthood and homosexual activism. According to his bio on the VOICE-Buffalo website, "Father" Harry Grace is a retired Episcopal "priest" who is "involved in community action, after the pattern of Sol [sic] Alinsky, to provoke change for social justice."
His Facebook page clearly identifies him as the Fund Developer for VOICE, so we know this account belongs to the same person.
On June 11, 2019, Harry Grace posted a fundraising appeal on Facebook for Planned Parenthood, bearing the hashtag "Stop the Bans." This hashtag was specifically in relation to the legislative bans on abortion that have been on the rise in the United States for the last couple of years, indicating that Grace’s support is not merely for STI testing or contraception.
Read the rest at The Lepanto Institute.