Dutch Catholic Charity Linked to Vatican Is Planned Parenthood Partner

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by Michael Hichborn  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  March 14, 2022   

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The Netherlands-based Catholic Organization for Relief and Development Aid ("Cordaid"), which cofounded and is currently a member of the Vatican-run Caritas Internationalis, partnered with Planned Parenthood for the creation of a contraception-pushing sex education program called "Jeune S3." In fact, this program is working directly to undermine Catholic moral authority and teaching among vulnerable populations.

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Cdl. Louis Tagle

Originally formed in 1914 as Mensen in Nood ("People in Need"), Cordaid was among the first Catholic international aid and development agencies to come into existence. In 1951, Cordaid joined the Caritas organizations of Germany, the United States, Canada, Switzerland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, Denmark and Portugal to found the international Catholic aid and development network called "Caritas Internationalis." Caritas Internationalis is an official agency of the Vatican, and its current president is Cdl. Louis Tagle. Cordaid is currently listed as a member of Caritas Internationalis and another Catholic aid and development network called "CIDSE."

In addition to this, a copy of Cordaid's governance regulations (approved by Cordaid's supervisory board on Dec. 15, 2020) indicates that there is a degree of episcopal oversight of Cordaid by the bishops' conference. Page 3 of that document says:

With reference to the history as set out above, Cordaid and ICCO wish to secure the engagement of both the Roman Catholic and the Protestant support bases and institutions. Cordaid and ICCO will do this by means of:

1. The appointment of two members of the supervisory board and through the personal union, as described below, also of the supervisory board of Stichting ICCO:

  1. One member on the recommendation of the bishops' conference of the Roman Catholic Church province in the Netherlands, and
  2. One member on the recommendation of the executive committee ("het moderamen") of the general synod of the Protestant church in the Netherlands, which recommendation will be made on the recommendation of the board of the service organization ("de Dienstenorganisatie") of the Protestant church in the Netherlands

For the bishops' conference, this right of recommendation has already been laid down in the articles of association. The right of recommendation of the executive committee ("het moderamen") of the general synod of the Protestant church in the Netherlands is herewith laid down in this governance regulations.

It is unclear whether or not any annual Catholic collections are taken up for Cordaid, but considering the following information, Cordaid should be stripped of its Catholic identity, forcibly removed from Caritas Internationalis and CIDSE, and all Catholic collections must be put to an immediate end.

A few years ago, Lepanto Institute investigated and exposed Cordaid's financial support for Planned Parenthood for the purpose of procuring and distributing contraception. As we continue to monitor and revise our past reports, it was important to us to take another look at Cordaid to determine whether or not it was still involved in morally repugnant activities. What we discovered, sadly, revealed that the situation was even worse than before.

Read the rest at the Lepanto Institute.

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