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[Bribery and lies by the USCCCP’s CCHD and its “clients”]

Michael Hichborn


Earlier this week, I published something I’ve kept to myself for over six years.

I revealed that in a meeting in 2011 with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, my colleague and I were offered a grant from the CCHD, who suggested that it would be better for us to work together than against each other.

I wasn’t at liberty to reveal this at the time, but I decided to go public with it now because the CCHD’s executive director, Ralph McCloud recently wrote a memo addressing our previous meetings, hinting that I was being unreasonable or too rigid, which is why they stopped meeting with me.  You can read the article here.

But there is more to this memo that needs to be addressed.

McCloud claims:

“If a group commits offenses against Catholic moral teaching, or undermines the Church’s defense of the unborn and vulnerable or her promotion of the family, the grant qualification is rescinded.”  

At the 2011 meeting I mentioned above, my colleague and I presented highly damning information against an organization called Somos un Pueblo Unido, which received a grant of $45,000 for 2010-2011 and $60,000 for 2011-2012.  We personally showed McCloud the following information:

  • Somos is a member of a coalition which stood against the Defense of Marriage Act.
  • Somos received a grant from an organization that ONLY funds pro-abortion organizations, and is identified in the grant for its promotion of “reproductive justice” and contraceptive sex education.
  • Somos was a member of the New Mexico Human Rights Coalition (NMHRC), which issued a 2005 Legislation Policy Statement, specifically opposing bills that defined marriage as between one man and one woman.

McCloud said that they looked into all of this and after consulting with the local CCHD director in Santa Fe, concluded that Somos was not in violation of Church teaching or CCHD guidelines.  The next year, we took an even closer look at Somos and found the following:

  • Somos un Pueblo Unido advertised for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in their December 2008 newsletter.
  • It’s August 31, 2011 radio show features a rep from Young Women United, a strongly pro-abortion organization. Somos praised the work of Young Women United, including its work on youth access to contraception and abortion.
  • Somos is on the “Immigrant Organizing Committee” of the pro-homosexual Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM).

To view the evidence, click here, and to listen to the Somos un Pueblo Unido podcast, wherein the executive director for Somos declares her support for pro-abortion and pro-contraception legislation, click here.

In November of last year, the Lepanto Institute published proof that Somos had joined a same-sex marriage organization and marched in a gay “pride” parade.

While Somos is not on the grants list this year, there’s no guarantee it won’t be receiving future grants.  In other words, what Somos did in 2016 was precisely the kind of thing we warned McCloud about in 2011, and he flat refused to deny them funding.

Again, McCloud claimed in his memo that “If a group commits offenses against Catholic moral teaching … the grant qualification is rescinded.” If that’s the case, then why would Somos continue to receive funding despite the evidence we listed above?

We strongly urged McCloud to strip Somos un Pueblo Unido of its funding.  He would not.  In fact, Somos would get a grant for $60,000 in FY 2012-2013$70,000 in FY 2014-2015, and $70,000 in FY 2015-2016.  All told, from the time we started reporting on Somos until now, it has received $305,000.

Another group we showed to McCloud was the NYC AIDS Housing Network.  We showed McCloud the New York City government website that listed this group as a distribution site for a government-sponsored condom distribution program.

McCloud claimed in the meeting that his people called the NYC AIDS Housing Network and asked them if they distributed condoms.  Since the group said they didn’t, McCloud took them at their word and refused to defund them.  He also ignored our other evidence, like the fact that they publicly celebrated the “Transgender Day of Remembrance.”  It wasn’t until someone else contacted the USCCB saying the NYC AIDS Housing Network told them that they distribute condoms that the USCCB finally revoked their ability to receive future grants.

LifeSiteNews did a story on it, which you can read here.

Here’s the bottom line Either McCloud and his team are completely incompetent in their ability to determine whether a group is worthy of Catholic funds, or they don’t mind if Catholic funds go to organizations that act against the Church’s moral teachings, like Somos un Pueblo Unido and the New York City AIDS Housing Network.  Either way, his claim that grant qualifications are rescinded if a group acts against Church teaching is false on the face of it, and misleading at best.

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