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A Marxist Christian Charity Passes The Collection Plate This Sunday

November 18, 2009

The Saul Alinsky-inspired charity known as the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is filled with and funded by plenty of well-intentioned people who probably sincerely believe their efforts are improving America.

The problem is they’re largely Marxists and Marxism has never helped anyone.

As I wrote in an op-ed in the Thursday Washington Times, as this Sunday’s “second collection” approaches, most Catholics thinking of giving to CCHD probably believe their money will be used to help the poor by funding charitable projects such as soup kitchens and homeless shelters. Well, the joke’s on them because CCHD doesn’t provide direct relief to the poor. That’s not its purpose.

It is an extreme left-wing political organization created to feed and foster radical groups like ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). Most Catholics are blissfully unaware of its true mission, though it says right on its website that it aims to support “organized groups of white and minority poor to develop economic strength and political power.”

Long mocked as the “Catholic Campaign to Help Democrats,” CCHD is the charitable arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Since its creation in 1969 – the year before ACORN was founded – CCHD claims to have spent $290 million on more than 8,000 “low-income-led, community-based projects that strengthen families, create jobs, build affordable housing, fight crime, and improve schools and neighborhoods.” Some say the grand total is closer to $450 million.

Earlier today Ralph McCloud, director of CCHD, offered an eloquent but unconvincing defense of the radical charity he works for. Listen to the platitude-heavy discussion about the charity that finally cut off ACORN last year here.

Here is an amusing exchange from the USCCB streaming video from the event today that sounded strangely like a PBS telethon:

A PRIEST: You know that old axiom: Give a man a fish, he eats for a day; teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime. As I read more and more about CCHD it’s about teaching fishing and it seems like that’s part of where these monies go, that our own generosity helps others to sustain themselves and also to contribute to the life of society as well, right?

MCCLOUD: Sure. I would take it even a step further in that it’s kind of like teaching an individual to fish but in addition teaching an entire community to fish where they can be supportive of one another.

That’s not quite the way I see CCHD. The charity only reluctantly cut off ACORN last year and continues to fund the equally radical community organizing group, the Industrial Areas Foundation, that was founded by Saul Alinsky himself. It also funds People Improving Communities Through Organizing (PICO), Direct Action and Research Training Institute (DART), and the Gamaliel Foundation. All of these groups are ACORN wannabes.

CCHD funds groups that teach a man to steal another man’s fish so that he will survive at the expense of the other man for life.

That’s “social justice.” That’s what CCHD believes in.

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7 Comments
  1. November 19, 2009 4:36 am

    The Catholic Church has lost its way and confuses charity and helpfulness with the promulgation of Marxist and socialist teachings which are in direct conflict to Christianity. Its support for health care reform and the amnesty for illegal aliens is objectionable to many of the faithful; and its limited, weak-spirited opposition to all forms of abortion is worthy of utter condemnation by God fearing peoples of all religious affiliations. What has happened to this once venerable institution?

    • discerning curmudgeon permalink
      November 19, 2009 6:48 am

      How true; and Catholic Charities has been receiving funding from Socialist/Marxist George Soros organization as well for several years.
      Duh! Once this happens compromise ALWAYS leads to downfall! Ahem! Separation of church and state!
      Galls one also to see the parasitic state(cops) use church parking lots to park on to catch speeders,etc. Under the guise of “helping” one also is awareof “Social Service” workers, a la insincere snitches, feigning to help the “oppressed and down-trodden” using church propery for their “offices.” Americans, wake up before it is too late! Government is not here to help!
      Seccession for all states, end the Fed,IRS,Dept of Education(Marxist) and several other oppressive, monster agencies which only grow larger at taxpayer expense!

  2. Arkyump permalink
    November 19, 2009 2:04 pm

    Social responsibility and socialism is a fine line by which the Catholic Church walks each day. If there weren’t so many unsavory characters involved in the CCHD i would give much more than I have in the past. This time, I will give nothing.

  3. Arkyump permalink
    November 19, 2009 3:21 pm

    Oh, and I just checked the CCHD website to see who they are supporting this year and the link to the recipients is not active. I wonder why?

  4. politicalmoxie permalink
    November 20, 2009 7:55 am

    I have been a Catholic all my life. Educated, for the most part, in private Catholic schools.
    I have heard a whispering of this association, now Vadum has pulled it into the daylight. As a fan of his for sometime, if he says it’s so, it is. My Grandmother and Mother must be spinning like tops in their resting places.
    The Catholic Church does not get one more cent from me until they explain this to my satisfaction!
    Thank You, Matthew!

  5. Elaine B permalink
    November 22, 2009 6:08 pm

    mikidikie: “What has happened to this once venerable institution?” The answer is as with every other institution within this country it has been taken over by Communist’s and Freemasons. The window into it’s destruction was opened during Vatican II and that “pastoral council” not only implemented a new religion based upon heretofore condenmed heresies, but the worship of Satan himself.

    The leadership from Benedict on down are fomenters of sin, idolatry, blasphemy and sacrilige. They rape and pilferage, embezzle and lie, confiscate people’s hard-earned monies and have the gaul to claim their pretend church is that which Jesus Christ established.

    The wolves are not only leading the sheep but killing their souls.

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