Pope Francis’s visit marred by allegations World Meeting of Families leader contributed to pro-abortion politicos
POLITICS | AUG 25, 2015 | BY MARTIN BARILLAS
According to The Lepanto Institute, Robert Ciaruffoli – who presides over the upcoming World Meeting of Families (WMoF)which is sponsored by the Catholic Church – has contributed thousands of dollars in funding political candidates who are strongly opposed to the teachings of the Church on abortion and same-sex marriage. Ciaruffoli is a Catholic. The World Meeting of Families is set to take place September 22-25 in Philadelphia. Pope Francis is scheduled to address the meeting during his tour of the United States, which includes an address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress.
Among the candidates receiving contributions from Ciaruffoli, according to Lepanto, was Allyson Schwartz, the founder and former executive director of a local Planned Parenthood facility from 1975 to 1988. She served ten years in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she represented Pennsylvania. She voted twice against efforts to de-fund Planned Parenthood. She lost a bid to unseat U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, as well as a gubernatorial campaign.
“The Church simply can’t afford to have event leaders so cozy with Planned Parenthood’s political cheerleaders,” said Lepanto Institute leader Michael Hichborn. “Especially at a time when Planned Parenthood is under investigation throughout the country for harvesting and selling the organs of preborn children.”
According to the Lepanto Institute report, Ciaruffoli contributed $8,300 to political candidates who promote abortion and same-sex marriage.
“No Catholic who would give money to further the political career of a Planned Parenthood executive should be in a leadership position for such a major Catholic event,” said Hichborn. “In the interest of maintaining the integrity and Catholic identity of the World Meeting of Families, the Lepanto Institute is calling on Ciaruffoli to resign from this position.”