BREAKING NEWS: Lepanto issues its latest report on the USCCB’s ties to PEPFAR, contraception, and condom-dealing.
Our latest investigative report is the culmination of months of intensive research, analysis, conversation and prayer. This was not easy to stitch together, but once a fuller picture came into view, the operative picture was stunning to say the least.
You may recall that this past May, we published an article regarding a joint letter signed by the USCCB and CRS, asking Congress to provide $330 million to USAID and $5.67 billion to PEPFAR. Our main concern was that the letter from these two Catholic organizations was asking Congress to fund two agencies that dispense vast amounts of condoms, promote contraception, and in some instances facilitate the distribution of abortifacient contraception.
Following the publication of this article, several of our readers contacted the USCCB about the issue. They have since provided us with an email exchange with Dr. Stephan Colecchi and a copy of a letter attributed to Archbishop Kurtz (I say ‘attributed’ because it contains verbatim sentences and paragraphs from Dr. Colecchi’s email correspondence). The responses from Dr. Colecchi and the one attributed to Abp. Kurtz do three things. They:
1. Acknowledge that PEPFAR does indeed dispense and promote condoms, confirming our initial concerns.
2. Make a contrived distinction between condoms and “contraception.”
3. Falsely claim that PEPFAR does not promote “reproductive health” or “artificial contraception.”
We contacted Dr. Colecchi two weeks ago for clarification, and he never responded. This morning, we published an article analyzing Dr. Colecchi’s statements and juxtaposing them with published documents from both PEPFAR and USAID. In our article, you will see that even though Dr. Colecchi claims that “PEPFAR does not promote other ‘artificial contraception,’” PEPFAR and USAID both readily admit quite the opposite.
Unfortunately, the joint letter signed by USCCB and CRS does request funds to condom-promoting and distributing programs, and despite claims to the contrary, PEPFAR does indeed promote and facilitate the distribution of abortifacient contraception even if it doesn’t directly pay for the contraception itself.
Read the rest of this shocking new report here. Lepanto will be sure to follow up and keep you informed with further reaction and developments as they arise.