Former USCCB Director’s History of Compromise and Capitulation

Former USCCB Director’s History of Compromise and Capitulation

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A recent article by the Human Life Review brought our attention to the resurgence of the seamless garment approach to the pro-life movement, mingling the work against abortion, contraception and euthanasia with anti-poverty, anti-death penalty, and environmentalist activism.  At the center of this article is an individual whose work history is cause for deep concern for pro-lifers everywhere.  As will be seen, despite his insistence to the contrary, he has consistently betrayed the pro-life movement, which is why his involvement with it now is so deeply troubling.

Those who have been actively battling the encroaching modernism, socialism, and syncretism infecting nearly every corner of the Catholic Church these days are well familiar with the name, John Carr.  Carr worked for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) from 1987-2012, spending most of that time as its executive director of Justice, Peace and Human Development.  In the last few years of his work at the USCCB, Carr was the center of deep concern for a lot of the liberal corruption and bias at the USCCB.  As pro-life organizations and Catholic investigative journalists focused their attention on the plethora of issues at the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, John Carr’s connections with agencies working against the Catholic Church on matters pertaining to abortion, contraception and homosexuality came to light.  For instance:

  • While John Carr served the USCCB, he was also on the Board of Directors (including the executive committee) for a pro-abortion, pro-homosexual organization called the Center for Community Change (CCC). During this time, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development funneled $150,000 to the CCC.
  • John Carr was responsible for helping to arrange the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, which brought in a host of radical dissenters, including the same-sex “marriage” and women’s ordination promoting Deana Hayes, the dissident priest Fr. Thomas Reese, and the pro-abortion community activist Paul Booth.
  • John Carr was responsible for overseeing the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and despite personal delivery of conclusive evidence against a quarter of the CCHD’s grantees being in violation of CCHD grant guidelines and Catholic moral teaching, the grantees continued to receive CCHD funding anyway.
  • Carr was instrumental for the formation of the USCCB’s “Faithful Citizenship” document, which Carr bluntly stated “does not shut the door on any candidate, not even one who supports abortion rights.” In other words, he helped craft the document that ostensibly gave Catholics permission to vote for John Kerry, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton.

None of this should come as a surprise since Carr had always maintained deep ties with the political and theological Left.  In 1976, Carr was a participant in the notorious “Call to Action” conference held in Detroit, Michigan.  In 1986, Carr reminisced about the conference saying, “I remember only two things about the American Bicentennial celebration in 1976.  One was the tall ships in New York’s harbor. The other was A Call to Action, the bishops’ bicentennial program.”

In 1999, Carr spoke on a panel for a Call to Action event with an organizer from the Indistrial Areas Foundation, which was created by Saul Alinsky.  The title of the panel discussion was “The Parish and Small Christian Communities: Organizing for Social Change.”

Announcing his resignation from the USCCB, Carr stated:

“I want to focus my remaining energies on efforts to help form, support and encourage Catholic lay men and women to be more effective leaders in bringing Catholic principles to public life and all of society.”

In order to accomplish this end, Carr became the director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University.  In this capacity, Carr has focused his energies on the refugee crisisending the death penalty, and so-called man-made climate change.

Carr’s influence in the application of an extremely flawed understanding of Catholic Social Teaching spans decades, and even though he is no longer working for bishops, he continues to spread his brand of social justice through conferences, keynote speeches and as a regular columnist for the dissident America Magazine.

In early August, John Carr gave the keynote address at the Consistent Life Ethic Conference, which used to be called the Seamless Garment Network.  Since there’s no transcript of his talk at the moment, it’s not possible to analyze what he said beyond the summary report.  However, given that he called “Black Lives Matter” a “consistent life issue,” we can surmise what direction he was taking the conversation.

But because Carr has recently begun to insert himself into the pro-life movement, the Lepanto Institute has decided that it is time to address an egregious matter regarding his work at the White House Conference on Families.  As will be seen, Carr dismissed the concerns of pro-lifers as he was seeking a purely democratic outcome.  In the final recommendations that he submitted to congress … a report that bears his name … the final outcomes included conference recommendations for expanded access to contraception and abortion.  While these recommendations were arrived at through popular vote at two of the three regional conferences, no Catholic could in good conscience submit a report bearing these recommendations.

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One comment on “Former USCCB Director’s History of Compromise and Capitulation

  1. Thanks to our go-along-to-get-along bishops since the 60’s, there is no effective opposition to abortion. Thanks to the Land O’Lakes accord, Catholic colleges produce leftist-brained abortion accommodaters. Thanks to the USCCCP, faggots like Bernardin (of unhappy memory) and creeps like Carr push the “seamless garment” sell out.

    We’ve been reduced to attempting to outlaw the more disgusting forms of abortion. One example is “partial birth.” All the pro-life groups invested tons of resources fighting this, and it wouldn’t have saved one baby. Texas is now investing a lot in trying to get one method, D&E abortion outlawed, but a judge blocked it. The Left has us exactly where it wants us, fighting uphill on one leg.
    Federal Judge Blocks Texas’ Ban on Dismemberment Abortion
    Dr. Susan Berry, 1 Sep 2017

    A federal judge temporarily blocked a Texas law that banned second trimester dismemberment abortions in which unborn babies are “torn limb from limb” and then extracted from the uterus.

    Following a challenge by Planned Parenthood, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel issued a two-week injunction Thursday against the law – signed in June by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) – that would have taken effect Friday.

    The judge wrote that Planned Parenthood and the other plaintiffs satisfied a requirement for the temporary injunction showing that “threatened injury to the Plaintiffs outweighs any damage that the temporary restraining order might cause the State.”

    “The court concludes that plaintiffs have established that absent a temporary restraining order they will suffer irreparable harm by being unable to access the most commonly used and safest previability-second-trimester-abortion procedure ahead of any substantial constitutional review of the act,” Yeakel wrote.

    Planned Parenthood celebrated the injunction on Twitter, arguing the Texas statute blocks women’s access to abortion.

    Planned Parenthood – America’s largest abortion provider – and others that profit from abortion object to the term “dismemberment” – preferring instead “D&E” (dilation and evacuation) – and claim these are one of the safest procedures for women.

    “We’re grateful that today’s decision will protect women’s access to one of the safest and most common methods of abortion in the second trimester,” Raegan McDonald-Mosley, chief medical officer at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said, according to Reuters. “This dangerous law is yet another attempt by politicians to ban abortion step by step and method by method, regardless of who it hurts.”

    However, a statement from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office said:

    Abortion by dismemberment kills fetuses by tearing them limb from limb while they are still alive, causing the unborn victim to bleed to death. The U.S. Supreme Court holds that states have an interest in protecting and fostering respect for human life, including unborn life.

    “Dismemberment abortions are gruesome and inhumane, which makes it troubling that a district court would block Texas’ lawful authority to protect the life of unborn children from such a barbaric practice,” added Marc Rylander, director of communications for Paxton’s office. “The Texas Attorney General will continue to defend our state’s legal right to protect the basic human rights and dignity of the unborn.”

    The judge’s ruling quoted the law that defines “dismemberment abortions” as:

    dismember[ing] the living unborn child and extract[ing] the unborn child one piece at a time from the uterus through the use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors, or a similar instrument that, through the convergence of two rigid levers, slices, crushes, or grasps, or performs any combination of those actions on, a piece of the unborn child’s body to cut or rip the piece from the body.

    While the law did not ban other types of “D&E” abortions, it did prohibit the purchase or sale of the body parts of aborted babies, and require the disposal of aborted remains in a humane and respectful way.

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