‘Alarming’: Archbishop withholds Development and Peace donations over pro-abortion funding

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‘Alarming’: Archbishop withholds Development and Peace donations over pro-abortion funding

[Would that some AmChurch bishops do the same for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development! – AQ moderator Tom]

EDMONTON, Alberta, April 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A Canadian archbishop is withholding funding from Canada’s official Catholic development agency after an internal review by the bishops found as many as 40 of its grantees are in violation of Church teaching.

Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith issued the following pastoral letter this week explaining the decision to deny funding to the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.

LifeSiteNews has reported extensively for years on Development and Peace’s funding of pro-abortion, pro-contraception, and pro-LGBT groups in the developing world. (See previous coverage here.)

 

Archbishop Smith’s Pastoral Letter

4 April 2018

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development of Peace (CCODP) was established by the Bishops of Canada in 1967 to foster justice and integral human development in the Global South. The Archdiocese of Edmonton has strongly supported Development and Peace through the annual Share Lent Campaign for many years, and most recently through our annual Together We Serve appeal.

Development and Peace fulfills its mandate in collaboration with more than one hundred partner agencies in the Global South, contracting with them to carry out specific projects aimed at improving the lives of our sisters and brothers in many developing countries. The Bishops of Canada have recently been apprised of the preliminary results of a review of these CCODP partners.

The initial results communicated to us are alarming. An estimated forty partners appear to show evidence of conflict with Catholic moral and social teaching and, in particular, that they do not demonstrate full respect for the sanctity of human life.

For this reason, the Archdiocese of Edmonton will withhold the D&P portion of the 2018 Together We Serve donations from Development and Peace. The funds will be withheld until such time as we receive clear assurance that funds received from present and future Together We Serve collections will be used only by agencies whose mission, values and practices cohere with the teachings of the Catholic Church and with the criteria of Caritas Internationalis, of which the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace is the Canadian representative. We will continue to respect the intent of your donations through Together We Serve.

I recognize that there are many people in the Archdiocese who give of themselves generously in support the good works of Development and Peace, whether by donation or by assisting in the organization’s educational and advocacy initiatives. I write this letter in a spirit of transparency and accountability, and promise to keep you posted on developments regarding this current issue.

Sincerely in Christ,

+Richard W. Smith
Archbishop of Edmonton

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One comment on “‘Alarming’: Archbishop withholds Development and Peace donations over pro-abortion funding

  1. Lisa Bourne
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    Three Canadian bishops yank funding from Catholic charity for promoting abortion
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    EDMONTON, Alberta, April 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – At least three Catholic bishops are holding back funds from the Canadian Church’s international development group, Development and Peace (D&P) after a report that 40 of its grantees were found flouting Catholic teaching in the areas of abortion, contraception, sterilization, homosexual relationships, and gender theory.
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    Bishops William McGrattan of Calgary and Paul Terrio of St. Paul joined Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith in announcing to their dioceses that donations to D&P would be withheld.
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    They advised Catholics that the funds would be withheld until “clear assurance” is received that they are used in accord with Catholic teaching.
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    Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith said he was “shocked” to learn of the violations of Church principles uncovered by an internal review conducted by staff from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), Grandin Media reports.
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    The CCCB review came about last fall after an inquiry from the Catholic Women’s League on a women’s health clinic in Haiti that is partnered with D&P, the Grandin report said.
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    LifeSiteNews reported last March that D&P had been funding at least seven Latin American organizations that actively promote the legalization of abortion, including one in Haiti.
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    LifeSiteNews reports of D&P funding associated with pro-abortion groups in Haiti extends back years, to at least 2009.
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    (See LifeSiteNews’ comprehensive coverage on Development and Peace funding HERE.)
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    Development & Peace rakes in millions from Canadian Catholics every year
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    The Edmonton “Together We Serve” campaign raises funds for 11 charities, including D&P. Last year the Edmonton archdiocese forwarded a total of $239,670 to Development and Peace via the annual appeal.
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    Dioceses throughout Canada have given a significant amount in donations to D&P’s annual “Share Lent” campaign, Grandin reports, with the campaign netting $8.3 million in FY 2016-2017. Development and Peace logged a total of $41.6 million in revenue, compared with $44.3 million in expenses, to close out the year with a $2.7-million deficit.
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    In most Canadian dioceses, the “Share Lent” fundraiser is carried out with a special collection. In some dioceses, such as Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto, D&P is supported through an annual appeal along with several other charities.
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    ‘Complete scandal’
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    Canada’s leading pro-life group praised Archbishop Smith’s decision to withhold the funds until D&P proves its partners aren’t operating in violation of Church teaching.
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    “We applaud Archbishop Smith for his strong leadership to withhold donations until this matter is dealt with,” Campaign Life Coalition spokesperson Matthew Wojciechowski told LifeSiteNews.
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    “This isn’t just one recipient organization that is at odds with Church teaching,” Wojciechowski said. “There are 40 of them! It’s a complete scandal.”
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    Father John Lemire, chair of the Board of Priests for Life Canada, commended the archbishop for his decision as well.
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    “An important & bold pastoral decision by Archbishop Smith,” Lemire said, sharing the letter on Facebook and Twitter. “Let’s hope that other bishops will do the same & that we can finally see some real and meaningful change with Development & Peace after years of concern being raised by leaders in the pro-life movement. Thank you Archbishop Smith.”
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    Bishops promise accountability, transparency
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    The Bishops of Canada established the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development of Peace (Development and Peace/D&P) in 1967. The international development organization is the Canadian representative for Caritas Internationalis.
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    The most recent problems with D&P partnerships were presented in a report in February to the 25-member Assembly of Western and Northern Canadian Catholic Bishops in Winnipeg.
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    Smith assured Catholics in his letter that the archdiocese would continue to respect the intent of their donations through “Together We Serve,” pledging transparency and accountability, and promising to keep the faithful apprised.
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    The Edmonton archdiocese’s Chief Communications Officer Lorraine Turchansky told LifeSiteNews Smith was not available for further comment, and that she was unable to provide more detail.
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    LifeSiteNews did not hear back on an inquiry to the CCCB.
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    D&P’s Duguay told Grandin that the Church-funded charity remains committed to upholding Catholic teaching, and the group is cooperating with the Canadian Bishops in investigating the issues brought forth by the review. Duguay also spoke of improving communications with the bishops.
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    “The Archbishop has raised serious questions and they need to be answered,” Duguay said. “We will do our due diligence to respond to them and demonstrate that we are not doing anything against the position of the Church.”
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    Like Archbishop Smith, Bishops McGrattan and Terrio also expressed a “spirit of transparency and accountability” in their letters, telling the faithful that they respected the intent of their donations.
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    Duguay said that along with Archbishop Smith he had given assurances to Bishops McGrattan and Terrio that the problems with Development and Peace partners would be addressed.
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    “We’ve told them the same thing we are telling Archbishop Smith, that this is a natural process [of ensuring accountability],” Duguay said. “We are hopeful that it’s going to be resolved in a quick manner and a very strong manner.”

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