"You aim at a devout life, dear Philothea, because as a Christian you know that such devotion is most acceptable to God's Divine Majesty," says St. Francis de Sales in his book "Introduction to the Devout Life".
And we can all be Philotheas, as St. Francis notes: "I have made use of a name suitable to all who seek the devout life, Philothea meaning one who loves God."
Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the foreign-aid branch of
the USCCB, has demanded a retraction from both LifeSiteNews and
ChurchMilitant.TV regarding coverage of the story about CRS giving $5.3 million
dollars to the pro-abortion, contraception-providing organization CARE. (I
wrote about this here.)
After LifeSiteNews published
the piece, CRS demanded a retraction or correction. “None of the activities
listed suggest support of or involvement in immoral activities,” spokesman John
Rivera wrote in an e-mail. “In the terminology of moral theology, there is no
material cooperation with evil.”
Then on July 20th,
CRS issued a press release titled CRS
Disputes LifeSiteNews Article, in which they stated that “all of the
CRS programs … are entirely consistent with Church teaching.” At the same time,
they strongly implied that the grant was approved by Dr. John Haas of the
National Catholic Bioethics Center, the U.S. Bishops’ top advisor on bioethical
…But when LifeSiteNews contacted
Dr. Haas he revealed a very different picture.
Dr. Haas told LifeSiteNews that
when he reviewed the proposed donation to CARE it was “of grave concern to me.”
While Haas noted that the NCBC
assessment did not dispute that CARE’s project was laudable nor that the monies
were non-fungible, he opposed the grant because of the scandal it would cause.
His main concern was the stridently pro-abortion stances taken by CARE’s
president and CEO, Helene D. Gayle.
Read the rest here. The statements by Dr. Haas in that
article are very telling.
ChurchMilitant.TV also was sent a letter asking for a
retraction. Michael Voris issued this video response:
As I noted in my previous post: Through this kind of inconsistency – and incompetency – the bishops stand to lose ground in the legal battle against the HHS mandate. They can’t make the case that contraception is a moral evil against Church teaching in the US, all the while cheerfully handing out millions of dollars for the spread of contraceptives in other parts of the world.
Here's an excerpt of the concluding remarks made by Michael Voris in the above video:
why, why is there the default
attitude that there must always be compromise with organizations that support
evil and fight against Church teaching? That’s not an approach of the Church
Militant – that’s a total capitulation.
should always be an absolute and final last resort and EVEN THEN we need to always
be looking for a way to advance the right and end the compromise. There is no
absolute NEED to give CARE 5 million dollars, just as there is no absolute NEED
for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development to hand over millions of
dollars to anti-Church programs in the United States.
the Church take all these monies and direct them only to groups that fully
support Church teaching AND fight poverty? If such groups don’t exist, start
them. Before the liberals got their hands on the levers of power, that’s
exactly what used to happen; they were called religious orders.
cool would it be to harness all the enthusiasm of so many young people renewed
in their faith and start a Catholic Peace Corps type program that does this
sort of work. The point is simple: stop giving money to groups that to one
degree or another are enemies of the Church.
say NO! And until CRS and other groups are totally forthcoming, maybe you might
want to think twice about those donations.
the ridiculously incredible position the US bishops have now been put in by
their own overseas aid organization. Their lawyers are in court fighting
against Obama contraception mandate while their CRS staff is handing money to
groups overseas that support it.
I would want to be the
bishop or lawyer who has a judge staring at me from across the bench asking me
to explain that.
And here's the message sent to CMTV:
July 23, 2012 1:53 PM
for retraction of Special Report 07-21
writing to insist on a retraction of your inaccurate and distorted
video on the $5.3 million grant CRS gave to CARE. The thrust of
piece is that by giving CARE these funds (which are not just federal
money, but also from U.S. foundations), we are supporting
family planning activities it engages in. This is completely false.
grant in question was used to provide vitally needed food, clean
sanitation services and basic nutrition programs to desperately
families in Zimbabwe, Madagascar and five countries in Central
Make no mistake about it, these programs are saving lives.
these funds are not fungible. In other words, these funds
specifically for these anti-poverty programs mentioned above, and
be used for any purpose other than that stated in the grant. If
CARE had not received these grants, the programs would not
existed. Therefore, the funds can in no way be considered to “free
money for either CRS or CARE to engage in other activities. Those
claim it does either don’t understand how this funding works or
fail to mention in your piece that Dr. John Haas of the National
Bioethics Center conducted a thorough review of our
including the CARE grant, and concluded that none of the
listed suggest support of or involvement in immoral activities
violation of Church teaching.
doing everything in our power to ensure that we are adhering to
teaching and to ensure that we can provide desperately
services to suffering people around the world in light of the
mandate to help the "least" among us.
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