Local CCHD Pulls Money from ‘Street Roots’ Paper

Pro-Life Action of Oregon is gratified that people of conscience will no longer be donating to the homeless newspaper, Street Roots.  The paper publishes a guidebook of community resourcesPlanned Parenthood is one of those resources, under ‘health care.’

Faced with losing $5,000, the paper opted to keep its Planned Parenthood listing, which includes street maps to its locations.  Now that is dedication to the Culture of Death if we ever saw it!

Street Roots’ action, therefore, is immoral!  They prefer to be “politically correct,”  siding with the Abortion Lobby rather than with Catholic social teachings which compel Catholics to feed and clothe the poor!  This is where the Left is abandoning the poor!

Pro-Life Action of Oregon reported on this controversy in December 2009, ‘Local CCHD Grantee Refers Homeless to Planned Parenthood.’

We thank Matt Cato, director of the Respect Life Office, for working on this.

Pro-lifers in Oregon will continue to work to turn the tide in favor of the Culture of Life and against those who support the largest abortion chain in the country.

We look forward to the day when Street Roots removes their promotion of Planned Parenthood from their guidebook.  It’s the simplest solution.  If they want Catholics in Oregon to donate they must disengage from the Culture of Death.

Local CCHD Defunds Street Roots- Oregon Live

The Talk of the Town on the Internet

A free Portland rag, ‘The Portland Mercury,’ also posted a story.  However, proceed with caution:  it’s vile.  Just know that we investigated them and so has Life Decisions Intl.:  the editor is on record as publishing “we love abortion”  in support of PP.

From Life Site:  ‘Newspaper Livid Over Losing CCHD Funding’

Street Roots’ Blog ‘Catholic Fund Drops Street Roots Over PP’
Be sure to read the comments.


Michigan Bishop Withholds CCHD Funds

10 bishops, representing over 5% of U.S. dioceses, have decided to no longer take up the collection due to concerns about CCHD’s funding practices.  A number of others have made public calls for CCHD’s reform.

Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska, told LifeSiteNews in November that he questions CCHD’s “ideology.” He said he would not offer the collection in his diocese until there were “some changes in the organization itself, or its purposes, or its goals.”

Michigan Bishop Withholds CCHD Funds

GAYLORD, Michigan, June 17, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Another United States bishop is taking precautions in light of continuing allegations that the U.S. bishops’ domestic anti-poverty arm, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), is funding groups that support abortion and other activities contrary to Catholic teaching.

Bishop Bernard Hebda of Gaylord, Michigan has decided to delay sending funds to CCHD from the 2010 collection while the organization is under review, LifeSiteNews has learned.

Candace Neff, communications director for the Gaylord diocese, emphasized that the bishop has not “discontinued” the collection for CCHD.  “A tremendous amount of very important work is accomplished through the Catholic Campaign for Human Development,” she said.

She explained that unlike other dioceses, Gaylord rolls many of the annual special collections, including the one for CCHD, into one large Catholic Services Appeal that takes place in the spring.  In most U.S. dioceses, the special collection for CCHD is taken up in November.

“After consulting with a number of advisors Bishop Hebda has decided that for this year (2010), while CCHD’s systems are under review, a donation will not automatically be sent to CCHD from funds donated through the Diocese of Gaylord’s Catholic Services Appeal Campaign,” she said.


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Local CCHD Grantee Refers Homeless to Planned Parenthood

The grantee is also involved in partisan politics.

Portland, Ore. – Posted December 23, 2009, Pro-Life Action of Oregon

STREET ROOTS, a newspaper for the homeless, received $5,000 of Archdiocesan money this year that originates from the collection basket at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  See Dec. 17, 2009 Sentinel article: ‘Archdiocese of Portland Presents Grants to Anti-Poverty Groups.’

“When the bishops formed the CCHD, they wanted to take a step beyond charity,” Archbishop John Vlazny says, explaining the program as a complement to the work of Catholic Charities and other groups.

The idea of the bishops was to help the poor help themselves via economic development. The campaign is still choosy about whom it funds, Archbishop Vlazny says, making sure all church criteria are met.

The national campaign backs projects, but so do local dioceses. The three local grants given last week were selected with the help of a committee guided by Matt Cato, director of the archdiocese’s Office of Justice and Peace and Respect for Life.   [Emphasis added.]

Follow The Left-Wing Ideology

The Street Roots newspaper publishes a homeless guide, ‘THE ROSE CITY RESOURCE.’

The Rose City Resource guidebook refers the homeless – under “Health Resources” – to PLANNED PARENTHOOD.  Pro-Life Action of Oregon spoke with Eddie Barbosa today and he confirmed that their current guidebook lists Planned Parenthood.  (He gave us the phone numbers and the Tri-Met bus numbers to take, thinking we called for directions.)

Furthermore, the guidebook online displays a MAP OF RESOURCES.  We located Planned Parenthood locations on the map.

Also troubling is the PARTISAN POLITICS involved.  Street Roots newspaper online directs visitors to DEMOCRACY IN ACTION: “Wiring The Progressive Movement.”

Help us continue to serve the community by donating to the Rose City Resource via a secure link through our friends at Democracy in Action.

Are you upset as we are?  We’re pretty upset.  In fact, we’re angry at the sheer ignorance of those at the Archdiocese in charge of our money.

A soup kitchen would be better!!  Donate to the poor DIRECTLY!

Planned Parenthood is an enemy of the Catholic Church.  Just look at this fund raising ad which mocks Our Lord’s birth:  CHOICE ON EARTH.

Who else mocks Jesus Christ?  SATAN.  He is the prince of lies.

Archdiocese CCHD Stops Funding Pro-Abortion Group

CHILDREN FIRST FOR OREGON, a member of a coalition of activist organizations which are not only pro-abortion but also teach sexuality education in public schools and dispense birth control in school-based health centers, has been denied CCHD funding in the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon.  In 2006, Children First publicly opposed a Parental Notification  measure on the Oregon ballot.

This has been accomplished by the independent research and tenacity and patience of one Oregon Catholic, James Welsh.

Read Welsh’s opinion piece on Life News here:

Portland Archdiocese CCHD Office Admits, Stops Funding Pro-Abortion Group.

The following is Welsh’s 12/15/09 letter to Archbishop John Vlazny which is reproduced here with the author’s permission:

Keywords:  Children First For Oregon (CFFO), Oregon Parental Notification Ballot Measure 43

Dear Archbishop Vlazny,

In the November 19, 2009 edition of the Catholic Sentinel you wrote an article containing your thoughts about the upcoming CCHD collection and  the recent embarrassing revelations that CCHD had given grants to organizations espousing positions in conflict with Catholic teaching and CCHD guidelines. One paragraph was particularly disturbing and directed to a particular group of Catholics. I happen to be one of those Catholics. I think it is only fair that I should reply to your comments in an open forum as they were made in an open forum.  You wrote as follows:

“There are people, including some who call themselves Catholics, who campaign against the Campaign!”—-Archbishop Vlazny

I am one of those persons who has serious doubts about the CCHD and the Saul Alinsky-derived methods of empowering the poor. That is my opinion and it is only that, an opinion. But it distresses me greatly that my Catholicism was implicitly questioned by the choice of the words “who call themselves”. Why did you not just write “including some Catholics”? Am I to infer that support for the CCHD and its community organizing philosophy is required to be fully Catholic or, conversely, my lack of support for the CCHD makes me less Catholic? Perhaps your choice of words was just a mistake.

“Both in policy and practice, CCHD refuses to fund groups that take positions contrary to Catholic teaching.”—-Archbishop Vlazny

If this is indeed the policy and practice of the Archdiocese then how was it that Children First for Oregon (CFFO), which publicly opposed Measure 43 in 2006 (parental notification for minors seeking an abortion), was funded by the Archdiocese of Portland in 2009? It may be the policy but it certainly does not appear to be the practice. And if 2006 was too far back to check, as Matt Cato, Archdioesan Director of the Peace and Justice office apparently feels, why wasn’t CFFO’s current website-proclaimed enthusiasm for “school based health centers” sufficient to deny the grant?

“No grant is made in any diocese without the approval of the local bishop”.—-Archbishop Vlazny

I must assume that you approved the grant to Children First for Oregon. Charity requires me to reply that “to err is human”. I hope in the future that more informed persons will be on the CCHD screening committee and prevent such flawed recommendations as this.

“Once again this year objections have been raised to the Campaign because some CCHD-funded groups have taken actions in conflict with CCHD guidelines AFTER (my capitals) they were funded”.—-Archbishop Vlazny

CFFO did not take the above cited position after it was funded. It took that position in 2006 which was nearly three years before the grant was approved.

“When facts (are) confirmed, the groups (are) defunded”.—-Archbishop Vlazny

CFFO has not been defunded but rather has been declared ineligible for future grants. There is a difference. Guidelines of the USCCB specifically state that it is the policy of the USCCB to pursue reimbursement of the granted funds. Matt Cato, who administers the CCHD local grants, informed me the Archdiocese will not pursue reimbursement. Why doesn’t (didn’t) the Archdiocese follow national CCHD guidelines regarding reimbursement? Hard working Catholics of this Archdiocese donated this money. They deserve an explanation of what happened. I trust the Sentinel will report on this mistake.

“Mistakes were made but quickly corrected”.—-Archbishop Vlazny

Obviously you were referring of course to problems in other diocese’s. A mistake was indeed made in the Archdiocese of Portland but it was not quickly corrected. Why did it take nearly one month for anyone at the Chancellery to respond to my questions about CFFO’s funding? Was it only coincidence that I received no responses to my emails until I contacted the national office of the CCHD?  It took me all of 15 minutes to gather the information that I furnished to the Respect Life office. The Archdiocese’s notification to CFFO of its grant disqualifiation should have been sent the next day.


What could possibly cause anyone to have  positive feelings about CCHD grants given the way this matter has been handled?


Jim Welsh

Obama A Big Believer in CCHD

President Obama, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin and Universal Health Care

November 19, 2009

Washington Times

Conning the conservatives by Matthew Vadum


Growing up, I always thought Jesus’ admonition in the Book of Matthew, “The poor you will always have with you,” wasn’t meant to be taken literally as a directive to ignore the poor, but that’s exactly what a prominent Roman Catholic charity believes.

As this Sunday’s “second collection” approaches, most Catholics planning to donate to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development probably think their money will be used to help the poor by funding soup kitchens and homeless shelters. Well, the joke’s on them. CCHD has never provided 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 Web site 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 says it has given more than $290 million to fund what it calls 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.

Both ACORN and CCHD were inspired by radical agitator Saul Alinsky, the Marxist Machiavelli who dedicated his activism opus, “Rules for Radicals,” to Lucifer, whom he called “the first radical.”  The late Mr. Alinsky developed the concept of “community organizing” in order to mobilize poor neighborhoods to make demands, long and loud, on public officials and the private sector.

CCHD gives generously to the Industrial Areas Foundation, which Mr. Alinsky himself founded, and to similar leftist groups including the Gamaliel Foundation, People Improving Communities Through Organizing (PICO), and Direct Action and Research Training Institute (DART).

Over the years, some Catholics have called out CCHD for its Marxist radicalism.

Former Treasury Secretary William E. Simon, a Catholic layman, complained in the late 1980s that CCHD was a “funding mechanism for radical left-wing political activism in the United States, rather than for traditional types of charities.”

Catholic writer Paul Likoudis observed that CCHD could be considered “a political mechanism bonding the American Church to the welfare state.”

But President Obama is a big believer in CCHD. In 1985-88 he ran the Developing Communities Project from an office in Chicago’s Holy Rosary Church. The project was part of the Gamaliel network.

I got my start as a community organizer working with mostly Catholic parishes on the South Side of Chicago that were struggling because the steel plants had closed,” Mr. Obama told Catholic Digest. CCHD “helped fund the project, and so very early on, my career was intertwined with the belief in social justice that is so strong in the church.”

Mr. Obama has said he “tried to apply the precepts of compassion and care for the vulnerable that are so central to Catholic teachings to my work [such as in] making health care a right for all Americans.”



From Catholic Digest’s Interview of Presidential Candidate Barack Obama:

[Catholic Digest]:  What are the top reasons American Catholics should vote for you in 2008?

Obama: I got my start as a community organizer working with mostly Catholic parishes on the South Side of Chicago that were struggling because the steel plants had closed. The Campaign for Human Development helped fund the project, and so very early on, my career was intertwined with the belief in social justice that is so strong in the Church. I’ve tried to apply the precepts of compassion and care for the vulnerable that are so central to Catholic teachings to my work, [such as in] making health care a right for all Americans — I was the sponsor in the state legislature for the Bernardin Amendment, named after Cardinal Bernardin, a wonderful figure in Chicago I had the opportunity to work with who said that health care should be a right. And in the United States Senate, (I was) working on issues such as immigration reform that would combine the principle that we’re a nation of laws with the notion that we are also all God’s children and that we have to open our hearts to those who are less fortunate than we are.

Click Here to read Chicago’s Joseph Cardinal Bernardin:   Universal Access To Health Care is a Right – from his ‘Consistent Ethic of Life and Health Care Reform (pdf)’ speech, 1994.  SEE Pages 9-11.


  • In 1981, the bishops spoke of health care as a “basic human right . . . “
  • ” . . . the bishops were not saying that a person had a right to health, but that, . . . one must have a right to access . . .
  • Under the title distributive justice, society has the obligation to meet the reasonable claims of its citizens so that they can realize and exercise their fundamental human rights.
  • I believe that the only way this obligation can be effectively met by society is for our nation to make universal health care coverage a reality.  Universal access is not enough.  [Emphases in original]

Archbishops defend CCHD as criticism continue


Boycott CCHD Collection

PLEASE BOYCOTT the Second Collection for the “Catholic Campaign for Human Development” during Mass, Saturday/Sunday, November 21-22, 2009


Tell the CCHD, “No thank you!

CLICK HERE to download a page of “No thank you” cards produced by American Life League. Place in the donation basket instead of your money.  (Even if you never donate to CCHD, please consider making your voice heard by using the cards.)  Make copies for your family and friends.

The American Life League (ALL) has launched a boycott campaign to draw attention to a scandal.  The second collection at all Nov. 21-22 Masses will be for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).

Pro-Life Action of Oregon and A.L.L. are advising pro-life Catholics to abstain from donating to the CCHD on Nov. 21-22 due to their grantees’ support for:

  • abortion
  • family planning
  • sex education
  • same-sex marriage
  • birth control
  • decriminalization of prostitution

Visit the following web page at A.L.L. for comprehensive information:

ALL:  Catholic Campaign for Human Development Information


Includes  the video, ‘Join the CCHD Boycott.’  Key pro-life Catholics working on this project:  Judie Brown, Stephanie Block, and Mary Ann Kreitzer


” . . . organizations being funded by the CCHD are organizations connected to Saul Alinsky. Alinsky is best known as a socialist community organizer who wrote Rules for Radicals. Dedicated to Lucifer, this book is the authoritative blueprint for radical activism. His teachings revolve around the principle that the ends justify the means, and he promotes the Marxist concept of continuous class warfare. These principles are the very foundation of the various Alinskyan networks in existence.

The number-one recipient of all CCHD funds is the Industrial Areas Foundation**, which was created by Alinsky himself. Other Alinskyan organizing groups receiving CCHD grant money are People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO), Direct Action and Research Training (DART) and the Gamaliel Foundation.

These are the facts. The CCHD is funding organizations whose agendas and strategies are in complete contradiction of Church teaching.

end excerpt

**  Industrial Areas Foundation IAF — the Northwest IAF affiliate, in Oregon, is known as the Metropolitan Alliance for the Common Good – MACG, and on that page is a Powell’s Books ad for MACG’s recommended books.  These books are by Saul Alinsky and other radicals.   The Catholic Sentinel has featured MACG several times.

View the list of Oregon Catholic parishes with memberships in MACG community organizing.


Sentinel article, November 5, 2009:
‘Anti-Poverty Collection Slated’ [CCHD] Explains the CCHD collection.

Coalition to Reform CCHD Now! – includes Human Life Intl.
Similar boycott cards available there.

‘Left-Wing Radicalism in the Church:  CCHD and ACORN