A Marxist Christian Charity Passes The Collection Plate This Sunday
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.