Executive Members of World Meeting of Families Promote Abortion, Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

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by Michael Hichborn  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  August 27, 2015   

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Earlier this week, the Lepanto Institute revealed that the president of the World Meeting of Families had donated thousands of dollars to political candidates that thoroughly support abortion and same-sex "marriage." He even donated $1,000 to a candidate who founded a Planned Parenthood facility in Philadelphia, and served as its executive director for 13 years.
Even after repeated attempts through the phone and by email to speak with Ken Gavin, the archdiocesan communications director, about this matter, the archdiocese chose to ignore these attempts and then issue the following statement:

The Lepanto Institute has proven once again that it is not interested in presenting information in any useful way. Neither the World Meeting of Families—Philadelphia 2015 nor any of its leadership supports Planned Parenthood. Lepanto’s sole intention is to create division, confusion, and conflict within the Church. Actions of that nature run contrary to Christian tradition. Their reports are not to be taken seriously.

It is important to note that all of the information the Lepanto Institute published regarding Robert Ciaruffoli and all of the information contained in this report was e-mailed to Ken Gavin, with the express request for clarification or correction if any of the information was false. The email sent to Gavin, and then re-sent to Gavin a few days later said the following:


I wanted to alert you and Archbishop Chaput to some new information I have obtained regarding the leadership team of the World Meeting of Families. Given our last correspondence, I wanted to make sure to send the information to you and the Archbishop before publishing my findings, which I plan to do next week. Of course, if you have any comments on the information I am providing, I will be happy to incorporate them into my article. Given that Archbishop Chaput has forbidden LGBT activist organizations to use Church grounds during the World Meeting of Families, I would imagine that if he was aware of the backgrounds of these individuals, he would equally have not allowed them to obtain leadership positions for the event.

(fully detailed information contained in both this article and the one on Ciaruffoli were provided here, before the closing line …)

Please let me know if any of my information is mistaken. I have already put in a set of questions to Mr. Ciaruffoli. And as I said, I am happy to make any corrections and include any comments from the Archdiocese regarding this information. My deadline is 5:00 p.m. Monday, August 24.

God bless,

Due to a lack of response, the deadline was moved to 1:00 p.m. the following day in order to allow for the possibility of discussing this matter by phone. Gavin did not return either phone message left for him that morning.
Since the Communications department for the archdiocese of Philadelphia has decided to continue to ignore the information provided by the Lepanto Institute and instead chose to slander our intentions, we have no choice but to publish the rest of our findings. After receiving a tip about the president of the World Meeting of Families, the Lepanto Institute investigated members of the Executive Cabinet, finding that several of them have worked very hard against Catholic moral teaching on matters pertaining to life and marriage. Several members of the leadership team, including honorary co-chairs, co-chairs of the leadership cabinet and cabinet members either promote abortion and homosexuality themselves, or they are presidents and CEOs of companies that do.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has an official policy regarding the provision of awards, honors and platforms for individuals who actively and openly defy Catholic moral teaching. The policy is :
The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.
Given this policy, it is evident that the following individuals listed as members of the leadership of the World Meeting of Families have been given honors in direct conflict with the USCCB. All of this information was sent to the archdiocese of Philadelphia, but no response from the archdiocese was provided by press time.
Honorary Co-Chairs:

Executive Leadership Cabinet Co-Chairs

  • Brian L. Roberts
    • Works with Cohen, and is also a promoter and in a leadership position of the Joint Diversity Council of Comcast.
    • More on Roberts and the Joint Diversity Council can be found at this link.
    • With Brian L. Roberts' support, Comcast "offers special multicultural programming collections that inform and entertain, both On Demand and Online. These collections include ... LGBT Pride Month."

Executive Leadership Cabinet Members

  • Eric Foss
    • President and CEO of Armark since 2012, and soon-to-be chairman of the board as well:
    • In 2014, Armark earned 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign's LGBT workplace equality scorecard.
    • Armark received similar marks in 2013.
    • Armark was one of the 379 companies signing an Amicus Brief asking the Supreme Court to rule in favor of same-sex "marriage."

At a time when advocates for abortion, contraception, euthanasia, same-sex "marriage" and all manner of evil are pressing their attack against the Catholic Church and the very nature of true families, such advocates should not be given any honorary positions or positions of leadership in any capacity at a Catholic event — especially one focused on upholding the very things that these individuals and their corporations are seeking to destroy. The book of Wisdom speaks well to this very situation:

Never trust your enemies,
for their wickedness is like corrosion in bronze.

Even though they act deferentially and peaceably toward you,
take care to be on your guard against them.
Treat them as those who reveal secrets,
and be certain that in the end there will still be envy.

Do not let them stand near you,
lest they push you aside and take your place.
Do not let them sit at your right hand,
or they will demand your seat,
And in the end you will appreciate my advice,
when you groan with regret, as I warned.

Who pities a snake charmer when he is bitten,
or anyone who goes near a wild beast? (Sirach 12:10–13)

Contact information for World Meeting of Families:
E-mail — info@worldmeeting2015.org
Phone — 1 (855) WMF-2015


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