Saturday, October 18, 2008

Catholics United, Catholics in Alliance and ACORN

Archbishop Chaput called out the first two in a speech this weekend, excerpt:

" . . {Speaking of Doug Kmiec} I think his activism for Senator Obama, and the work of Democratic-friendly groups like Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, have done a disservice to the Church, confused the natural priorities of Catholic social teaching, undermined the progress prolifers have made, and provided an excuse for some Catholics to abandon the abortion issue instead of fighting within their parties and at the ballot box to protect the unborn.

. . .The truth is that for some Catholics, the abortion issue has never been a comfortable cause. It's embarrassing. It's not the kind of social justice they like to talk about. It interferes with their natural political alliances. And because the homicides involved in abortion are ''little murders'' - the kind of private, legally protected murders that kill conveniently unseen lives - it's easy to look the other way. . ."

Whole article.

Also, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development announced through Catholic News Service on Friday that it has cut off its traditional and greatly expanding funding for ACORN. Their support of ACORN is made possible by your donations to the annual CCHD collection. CCHD claims their funding of ACORN stopped when they discovered a $1 million embezzlement scheme by the brother of ACORN's founder in June. Why CCHD is announcing the cancellation of more than $1 million in announced grants several months after the fact is a big open question in this controversy.

The Catholic Key Blog will have much more in the coming week. Please check back.

For now, read the CNS article on CCHD and ACORN, excerpt:

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development suspended funding a nationwide community organizing group after it was disclosed June 2 that nearly $1 million had been embezzled. . .

. . .McCloud said the suspension came soon after his office learned that ACORN disclosed that Dale Rathke, the brother of ACORN founder Wade Rathke, had embezzled nearly $1 million from the organization and its affiliates in 1999 and 2000. Dale Rathke stepped down from his position with the organization in June when the matter became public; no charges were filed against him. Wade Rathke stepped down as the group's lead organizer at the same time but remains chief organizer for ACORN International LLC.

Whole article.