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March 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — For this episode of The John-Henry Westen Show, I speak with Michael Hichborn, founder and president of The Lepanto Institute, on his investigative work into the “charity” organizations of the bishops which have affiliated themselves with the promotion of abortion and contraception. Hichborn tells me how the faithful can use this Lent to stop donating to these groups, and instead give their money to orthodox charities.

Last year, Hichborn released some explosive reports into Catholic Relief Services, which detail that it has funded pro-abortion and pro-contraception programs in Africa. He says that “the curriculums that they were using were themselves promoting abortion in the Dreams Project.”

Hichborn found out that this project, created by Dr. Deborah Birx, “established itself with the specific goal of introducing young girls to contraception,” and that CRS, although it introduced the project, leaves the implementation to others. He states that the official arm of the bishops also “created two health referral networks in Africa: one in Nigeria, one in Cameroon,” which again promote contraception and sometimes assist in illegal abortions for young women.

Further, Hichborn has investigated the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, which he says was started “to fund Saul Alinsky community organizing groups.” He tells me that CCHD gave funding close to a quarter of a million dollars to “five organizations [which] were themselves promoting abortion … [and] LGBT activism.” Even more shocking, the executive director of one of the groups, Workers Dignity Project, was actually caught on video celebrating the murder of unborn children, and laughing about Catholics having abortions.

Before releasing these reports, Hichborn always contacted the organizations, but never received a response back — which is why he decided to share this information so that faithful Catholics could be informed that their money is in fact going to fund groups that act in contradiction to Church teaching. “I put my reports together in such a way that it’s easy for people to see the evidence … for people to understand what the situation is and to make a decision on their own.”

Hichborn also shared some charities which remain faithful to doctrine and moral teaching, while also doing great work. These include Cross Catholic Outreach, Saint Bryce Missions, and Mary’s Meals.

Be sure to access the Lepanto Institute’s Charity Report here:

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John-Henry is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of He and his wife Dianne and their eight children live in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada.

He has spoken at conferences and retreats, and appeared on radio and television throughout North America, Europe and Asia. John-Henry founded the Rome Life Forum an annual strategy meeting for pro-life leaders worldwide. He co-founded Voice of the Family and serves on the executive of the Canadian National March for Life Committee, and the annual National Pro-Life Youth Conference.

He is a consultant to Canada’s largest pro-life organization Campaign Life Coalition, and serves on the executive of the Ontario branch of the organization.  He has run three times for political office in the province of Ontario representing the Family Coalition Party.

John-Henry earned an MA from the University of Toronto in School and Child Clinical Psychology and an Honours BA from York University in Psychology.


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