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February 24, 2021 (Lepanto Institute) – Recently, the Lepanto Institute detailed activities and memberships of three Nashville-based organizations funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) that violate both Catholic teaching and the CCHD’s own grant guidelines. We followed up with a second report, even worse than the first, detailing a CCHD grantee actively partnering with and promoting Planned Parenthood. We have yet to receive an official response regarding these reports.

Further research shows that a FIFTH Tennessee based CCHD grantee, Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM), is in direct violation of CCHD’s grant guidelines. We have direct evidence that prove SOCM is a “community partner” of Planned Parenthood, raises money cooperatively with Planned Parenthood, and is a participant in the promotion of abortion and homosexual activism in its coalition work and across its social media platforms.

What makes this situation completely inexcusable is that SOCM was reported to the CCHD by the Reform CCHD Now coalition for some of the very same violations in 2012!

However, since being reported for breaking CCHD grant guidelines, the CCHD has instead REWARDED SOCM with praise for their environmental work in 2014, and then an additional $150,000 over three grant cycles starting in 2017 and continuing through the most recently published grantee list.  All told, since 2011, SOCM has received $215,000 in Catholic funds.

Last week, we showed that CCHD grantee Workers’ Dignity Project (WDP) was identified as a “community Partner” with Planned Parenthood, in PP’s 2018 Annual Report.   Well, WDP wasn’t the only CCHD grantee on the list.  SOCM was also identified as a “community partner” of Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and Northern Mississippi in the same Annual Report.

And just as WDP’s partnership with Planned Parenthood played out in video collaborations and promotions, SOCM has also publicly collaborated with Planned Parenthood.

In July of 2020, SOCM co-hosted an event with Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi called The East TN People’s State of the State.

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This was a cross promotional webinar that included heavy promotion of Planned Parenthood, abortion and homosexual activism.

But SOCM has promoted abortion on its social media platforms as far back as 2015, again showing the absolute failure of CCHD to vet its grantees.

This 2015 Facebook post shows SOCM praising the Nashville Womens march and the insurrectionist breaching of the Tennessee capitol building by Abortion “rights” protestors.

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Given SOCM’s partnership with Planned Parenthood, it’s promotion of abortion going back to 2015, and it’s video collaboration with Planned Parenthood, it shouldn’t be surprising that in 2020, SOCM partnered with the heavily pro-abortion Power Together TN as a funding “co-creator” for its 2020 Womens March Tennessee.

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The 2020 Womens March was intended to be a cross promotional event featuring as heavy emphasis on abortion and transgender activism.

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In addition to partnering with the nation’s largest abortion chain and local abortion activists, SOCM has been heavily involved in the promotion of LGBT activism.  This 2016 SOCM Facebook post celebrates SOCM member Hector Black’s homosexuality.

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These 2015 and 2017 SOCM facebook posts further promotes the homosexual activism of its members.

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More recently SOCM promoted Knoxville’s 2019 pro-abortion Womens March, as well as ran a table there:

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For the last fifty years, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has been taking up an annual collection to fund community organizing efforts across the country under the auspices of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).

And for almost as long, faithful Catholics have proved that much of these funds are going to organizations that promote abortion, contraception, homosexuality, and Marxist revolution.

Unfortunately, the CCHD has not improved and, to this day, continues to promote actions and ideas contrary to Catholic faith and morals.

That's why LifeSite and the Lepanto Institute have joined forces in this petition calling on U.S. bishops to permanently SHUT DOWN the Campaign for Human Development.

The response from the CCHD regarding reports that its grant money is going to agencies that attack Catholic moral and social teaching is nearly always the same: deny any wrongdoing and point to its thorough vetting process.

But, it’s vetting process is broken beyond repair!

Since 2013, an organization called the Workers’ Dignity Project (WDP) has been receiving large grants from the CCHD totaling a quarter of a million dollars. In 2017, WDP received $60,000 from the CCHD, and in 2019, it was $50,000.

If the CCHD’s vetting process actually worked, it wouldn’t have taken long for the CCHD to discover that WDP was a “community partner” of Planned Parenthood’s as far back as 2017, or that it sponsored an LGBT pride rally that same year.

In 2020, during the period of its most recent grant from the CCHD, WDP promoted and conducted a series of internet-based interviews promoting Planned Parenthood and abortion.

Please SIGN this petition, then WATCH the Lepanto Institute’s most recent investigation proving this by clicking on the link in the 'For More Information' section, below.

But it’s not just the vetting process that’s broken...the CCHD consistently ignores its own grant guidelines.

Just recently, the Lepanto Institute proved that three other organizations, receiving large grants from the CCHD, are in direct violation of the CCHD’s grant rules.

Receiving its first-ever grant of $45,000 from the CCHD in 2019, Stand Up Nashville is in direct violation of the CCHD requirement that the “organization, and its affiliates, partners and coalition members must not endorse or advocate policies and issues that are contrary to Catholic Social Teaching.”

Two member organizations of Stand Up Nashville have been promoting abortion and homosexuality as far back as 2015, and its executive director and many board members have actively done the same.

Another CCHD regulation specifically and expressly prohibits grantees from being members of coalitions which directly attack Catholic moral or social teachings.  The regulation says this:

“CCHD CANNOT FUND groups that knowingly participate in coalitions that have, as part of their organizational purpose or their coalition agenda or actions, anything that contradicts fundamental Catholic moral or social teaching” (emphasis original)

And yet, despite this, the CCHD is funding NOAH and MICAH, which are members of the pro-abortion Power Together Tennessee. The stated values and principles, which NOAH and MICAH would have known prior to joining, include this:

"We believe in reproductive freedom ... This means open access to safe, legal and affordable, abortion and birth control for all people ... we can only have reproductive justice when reproductive health care is accessible to all."

These are only the most recent examples of the CCHD’s fifty years of either gross incompetence or willful complicity in the funding of grave moral evils. Whichever the case, what’s clear is that this problem is not going to end as long as the CCHD continues to exist.

DID YOU KNOW 75% of the money collected goes to fund grantees outside your diocese, including the terrible organizations we've profiled? So even if your own bishop does a good job vetting local grants, your money is still flowing to pro-abortion marxist organizations.

For this reason, we are asking individual bishops to completely withdraw from the CCHD, refusing to send in any money for the national collection, and work towards the CCHD being shut down altogether.

Please SIGN and SHARE this important petition today. Thank you!

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'US bishops’ charity arm caught funding pro-abortion Planned Parenthood partner' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/us-bishops-charity-arm-caught-funding-pro-abortion-planned-parenthood-partner

'US bishops’ charity arm caught funding promoters of abortion, LGBT activism' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/us-bishops-charity-arm-caught-funding-promoters-of-abortion-lgbt-activism

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As we mentioned at the beginning of this report, this isn’t the first time SOCM was discovered violating CCHD grant guidelines.  Nine years ago, Reform CCHD Now showed that in 2012 SOCM was a dues-paying member of Community Shares Tennessee, a partnership of organizations that mutually fundraises and cross promotes member organizations.  As a reminder, CCHD strictly forbids grantees from being members of coalitions that are involved in the promotion of anything contrary to Catholic moral teaching.  Membership in Community Shares is a step above mere membership since all members pay dues which go toward assisting other members. Planned Parenthood and LGBT activist organizations were also members of Community Shares at the time. This means that SOCM was paying dues to an organization directly promoting and fundraising for Planned Parenthood and other evil organizations.

Incredibly, the CCHD’s response to this information was that “as a member of community shares, (SOCM) does not violate any (Church) teachings.”

Currently, SOCM is still a member of Community Shares Tennessee alongside Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi. Community Shares still describes itself as “a federation of Tennessee based non-profits who have joined together to raise money cooperatively.”

Community Shares still regularly promotes Planned Parenthood and abortion. For example, this May 2020 Facebook post from Community Shares highlights Planned Parenthood and calls for “maintaining access to lifesaving reproductive health care like…birth control, abortion, and more.”

These are easy to-find examples of activity by SOCM that should have been found by CCHD’s rigorous screening process.  However, somehow SOCM passed through both the screening process as well as any ongoing grant reviews THREE TIMES since 2017.

CCHD has shown itself to be absolutely INCAPABLE of responsibly handling Catholic donations. We have now shown that the entire slate of 2019-2020 CCHD funded national grants for Tennessee are absolutely unworthy of Catholic funding.

We are tired of the lies and empty promises. The CCHD needs to end all operations, IMMEDIATELY. And, to any good bishop reading this, the time to stand up to this is NOW. For the sake of your own souls and the souls of the faithful in your care, end this wicked program once and for all.

It is time to END the Catholic Campaign for Human Development!

Please contact the CCHD and demand answers!  Ask them how or why organizations like these ever received a grant and if CCHD will demand Catholic money to be returned for violating CCHD guidelines and Catholic moral/social teaching. Also, contact your bishop and ask them to withdraw completely from the CCHD.

Click here for the contact information for your bishop.

Click here for the name and email address of your diocesan CCHD director.

CCHD NATIONAL OFFICE STAFF

Ralph McCloud, CCHD Director 202-541-3367 [email protected]

Lydia Jiles, Grants Administrator 202-541-3210 [email protected]

Juan Aranda, Grants Specialist for Area D 202-541-3370 [email protected]

Main Number . . . . . . . . . . 202-541-3210

Fax Number . . . . . . . . . . 202-541-3329

Main Email . . . . . . . . . . [email protected]

Grant Specialists

Area A   Ian Mitchell   202-541-3371   [email protected]

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont

Area B   Gene Giannotta   202-541-3211   [email protected]

Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin

Area C   Randy Keesler   202-541-3369   [email protected]

Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee , Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia

Area D   Juan Aranda   202-541-3370   [email protected]

Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas

Area E   Sean Wendlinder   202-541-3212   [email protected]

Alaska, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

 

Published with permission from the Lepanto Institute.

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