Some topics are like the proverbial “third rail”. Touch it and DIE.
In the case of some topics, touch it and those involved in the thing you are touching KILL YOU. Wellllll… they aggressively go after you from positions of power.
This has certainly been the case for some who have been so audacious as to touch the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
The US bishops took some steps to reform the CCHD, which once – still?- had -has? connections to questionable groups (e.g., ACORN and the Industrial Areas Foundation).
Frankly, discussion of the controversial CCHD is as much of a fever swamp as discussion of some aspects of the SSPX.
I don’t like the fever swamp.
I will post the story but impose moderation on the comments.
Liberal group sees ‘McCarthyism’ in criticism of CCHD
Critics of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) are engaged in “McCarthyism” that interferes with the Church’s efforts to help the poor, according to a report from a Washington-based liberal group.
The CCHD, the official poverty-fighting effort of the US bishops’ conference, has drawn criticism for decades because of its ties to radical organizations that attack Church teachings on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage. But a 24-page essay released by Faith in Public Life complains that these criticisms are examples of “guilt by association and other tactics from the McCarthy-era playbook.”
“A small but well-financed network has emerged as a relentless opponent of the bishops’ social justice campaign, which has long been recognized as one of the most influential funders of grassroots community organizing,” charges the report.
The report, entitled “Be Not Afraid,” is endorsed by dozens of prominent Catholic individuals and organizations, including two past presidents of the US bishops’ conference: Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza of Houston and Bishop William Skylstad of Spokane (both now retired). The statement is also endorsed by a number of former staff members of the US bishops’ conference.
What a mess.
I am pretty sure that some US Dioceses do not take up collections for the CCHD.
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