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The full original report is found here at the Lepanto Institute.
Covenant House was established in 1972 by Fr. Bruce Ritter as a Catholic shelter for homeless and runaway youth. In 1984, Fr. Ritter was hailed by President Ronald Reagan as a "hero" as Covenant House grew as one of the most prominent Catholic charitable organizations in the country. However, in 1987, Covenant House Toronto was discovered to be handing out condoms and was accused of referring girls for abortions. A spokeswoman for the archdiocese of Toronto said that the condoms were being dispensed with the archbishop's approval.
Regarding the abortions, the same spokeswoman said:
If a 15-year-old kid decides to have an abortion, we make a strong pro-life statement, but we don't get involved. We tell her we can't support what she is planning to do. But she makes her own choice. If she goes ahead and has an abortion, we expel her from the residence.
In 1989, Fr. Ritter was accused by a 20-year-old male prostitute of carrying on a sexual relationship with him, leading to accusations from several other former clients. By 1990, Covenant House was under investigation for "questionable financial transactions," leading to Fr. Ritter's resignation. In one instance, he was even accused of giving the male prostitute the identity of a deceased 10-year-old boy without the parent's knowledge or consent.
Fr. Ritter denied the allegations of sexual misconduct all the way to his death in 1999.
These allegations have haunted Covenant House since then, as it continues to maintain its Catholic identity. However, as will soon be made clear, Covenant House is steeped in scandalous activity even to this day, promoting and dispensing all manner of contraception (including abortifacients), promoting homosexual and transgender ideologies, and facilitating abortions for its clients.
In September of 2019, Church Militant reported that Covenant House Michigan had taken a young girl to an abortion mill in Detroit. At least four pro-life sidewalk counselors witnessed a Covenant House van pull up to the abortion mill where they were advocating for the lives of preborn babies as a "very young and very, very lethargic" girl made her way to the entrance. The driver of the van reportedly told the counselors that he was "just doing [his] job," while the young girl said she was just going in for a "follow-up." However, the counselors noted that the only reason to take a girl to an abortion mill is to obtain an abortion. Whatever services she required could have been handled by any medical institution.
Read the rest at Lepanto Institute.
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