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Christian Children’s Fund Partners with Bill Clinton, May Cost Christian Support

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By John-Henry Westen

TORONTO, June 13, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The summer newsletter of the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada has announced a partnership with former U.S. President and fervent abortion supporter Bill Clinton. Pro-life and family groups have reacted with shock that a Christian organization would partner with Clinton who is known—beyond his support for partial-birth abortion—for his philandering and mistruths. While the move has already lost the organization a long-time donor, the spokesman for the group defended the partnership in an interview with LifeSiteNews.com.

The organization may have sensed a backlash when it entered the partnership, as the newsletter account of the new venture begins: “No matter what you may think of former President Bill Clinton’s politics, his commitment and passion when it comes to fighting the AIDS crisis in Africa is undeniable.”

A long-time CCFC donor who contacted LifeSiteNews.com but wished to remain anonymous expressed dismay about the new development.“For many years I had been a supporter of CCFC. I’ve never had any doubts that the money I donated was wisely spent and used to help those who desperately needed it,” he said.“Unfortunately recently I have found out that CCFC has built a partnership with the Clinton Foundation. Bill Clinton has been well known for his advocacy of abortion and anti-family policies.”

Pro-life and family groups agree. In comments to LifeSiteNews.com, Campaign Life Coalition President Jim Hughes asked rhetorically, “How can any child-related organization partner with Bill Clinton after he twice vetoed the ban on infanticide, on partial-birth abortion?”

Ian Roberts, the communications manager for CCFC, told LifeSiteNews.com that Christians should have no concern with the partnership.“As a Christian organization, we are inspired by Christ’s example of personal, caring love,” he said.“All our senior staff make decisions for the organization according to those (Christian) principles and practice Christ-like values.”

When asked if he thought Christ would have partnered with the still unrepentant pro-abortion Bill Clinton, CCFC distanced itself from any political leanings or endorsement.“Partnership can in no way be construed as political endorsement at all,” said Roberts.

Asked again if Christ would have partnered with Clinton, Roberts replied, “I would say, I can’t speak for Christ, but if you look at the example of Zaccheus, there’s a good example there to follow, something to consider.” When it was noted that Zaccheus repented of his crimes and offered restitution, Roberts said the theological discussion was outside of his area of expertise.

It seems the issue boils down to funding.“I think the key thing that I would encourage our supporters to look at is that in the world of international development, major funders (sic) are certainly by no means easy to come by.”

The newsletter indicates CCFC has received $275,000 from the Clinton Foundation.

If the former CCFC donor who contacted LifeSiteNews.com is any indication, the monies from the Clinton partnership may cost the support of Christians.“I am afraid that under these circumstances the money I donate will be directed to the programs that conflict with my believes as Christian,” he said.“Therefore I have no choice but to stop my support for CCFC.”

REAL Women of Canada, also noted that CCFC is undermining the family by its promotion of condoms and graphic sex-education. The CCFC brochure notes that its programs educate people in the developing world about “the proper use of condoms both as a contraceptive and for the prevention of HIV/AIDS.”

REAL Women’s Gwen Landolt pointed out that since condoms do not protect fully against AIDS, claims of AIDS ‘prevention’ with condoms are dangerous.“In reality the third world countries often detest the fact that the aid organizations spread condom use and corrupt their youth with graphic sex-ed,” said Landolt.“It serves only to further the AIDS epidemic by giving children more curiosity, fuelling experimentation around sex, along with a false sense of security with condoms.”

Pro-family groups in America who were face to face with Clinton’s actions are even more shocked than their Canadian counterparts. Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America told LifeSiteNews.com, “No parent would trust Bill Clinton with their daughter. While other presidents are remembered for noble phrases, Clinton’s most memorable line, the most enduring picture people have of him, is claiming he did not have sex with an intern. Whatever possessed a children’s agency to make a lecherous man, who defended the most hideous method of killing nearly-born babies, the face of its campaign?”

To express concerns to CCFC:
  Christian Children’s Fund of Canada
  1027 McNicoll Avenue
  Toronto, Ontario
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  Canada Voice: 416-495-1174
  Main Fax: 416-495-9395
  Toll free: 1-800-263-5437

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See the CCFC newsletter:
http://www.ccfcanada.ca/pdf/CHILDVOICE%20NEWSLETTER%20Summer%2006.pdf

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Pressure mounts as Catholic Relief Services fails to act on VP in gay ‘marriage’

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BALTIMORE, MD, April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Nearly a week after news broke that a Catholic Relief Services vice president had contracted a homosexual “marriage” while also publicly promoting homosexuality on social media in conflict with Church teaching, the US Bishops international relief agency has taken no apparent steps to address the matter and is also not talking.

CRS Vice President of Overseas Finance Rick Estridge entered into a homosexual “marriage” in Maryland the same month in 2013 that he was promoted by CRS to vice president, public records show.

Despite repeated efforts at a response, CRS has not acknowledged LifeSiteNews’ inquiries during the week. And the agency told ChurchMilitant.com Thursday that no action had been taken beyond discussion of the situation and CRS would have no further comment.

"Nothing has changed,” CRS Senior Manager for Communications Tom said. “No further statement will be made."

LifeSiteNews first contacted CRS for a response prior to the April 20 release of the report and did not receive a reply, however Estridge’s Facebook and LinkeIn profiles were then removed just prior to the report’s release.

CRS also did not acknowledge LifeSiteNews’ follow-up inquiry later in the week.

“Having an executive who publicly celebrates a moral abomination shows the ineffectiveness of CRS' Catholic identity training,” Lepanto Institute President Michael Hichborn told LifeSiteNews. “How many others who hate Catholic moral teaching work at CRS?”

CRS did admit it was aware Estridge was in a “same-sex civil marriage” to Catholic News Agency (CNA) Monday afternoon, and confirmed he was VP of Overseas Finance and had been with CRS for 16 years.

“At this point we are in deliberations on this matter,” Price told CNA that day.

ChurchMilitant.com also reported that according to its sources, it was a well-known fact at CRS headquarters in Baltimore that Estridge was in a homosexual “marriage.” 

“There is no way CRS didn't know one of its executives entered into a mock-marriage until we broke the story,” Hichborn said. “The implication is clear; CRS top brass had no problem with having an executive so deliberately flouting Catholic moral teaching.”

“The big question is,” Hichborn continued, “what other morally repugnant matters is CRS comfortable with?”

While the wait continues for the Bishops’ relief organization to address the matter, those behind the report and other critics of prior instances of CRS involvement in programs and groups that violate Church principles continue to call for a thorough and independent review of the agency programs and personnel.

“How long should it take to call an employee into your office, tell him that his behavior is incompatible with the mission of the organization, and ask for his resignation?” asked Population Research Institute President Steven Mosher. “About thirty minutes, I would say.”

“The Catholic identity of CRS is at stake,” Hichborn stated. “If CRS does nothing, then there is no way faithful Catholics can trust the integrity of CRS's programs or desire to make its Catholicity preeminent.” 

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Hillary Clinton: ‘Religious beliefs’ against abortion ‘have to be changed’

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NEW YORK CITY, April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Speaking to an influential gathering in New York City on Thursday, Hillary Clinton declared that “religious beliefs” that condemn "reproductive rights," “have to be changed.”

“Yes, we've cut the maternal mortality rate in half, but far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health,” Hillary told the Women in the World Summit yesterday.

Liberal politicians use “reproductive health” as a blanket term that includes abortion. However, Hillary's reference echoes National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill's op-ed from last May that called abortion “an essential measure to prevent the heartbreak of infant mortality.”

The Democratic presidential hopeful added that governments should throw the power of state coercion behind the effort to redefine traditional religious dogmas.

“Rights have to exist in practice, not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources, and political will,” she said. “Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed.”

The line received rousing applause at the feminist conference, hosted in Manhattan's Lincoln Center by Tina Brown.

She also cited religious-based objections to the HHS mandate, funding Planned Parenthood, and the homosexual and transgender agenda as obstacles that the government must defeat.

“America moves ahead when all women are guaranteed the right to make their own health care choices, not when those choices are taken away by an employer like Hobby Lobby,” she said. The Supreme Court ruled last year that closely held corporations had the right to opt out of the provision of ObamaCare requiring them to provide abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization to employees with no co-pay – a mandate that violates the teachings of the Catholic Church and other Christian bodies.

Clinton lamented that “there are those who offer themselves as leaders...who would defund the country's leading provider of family planning,” Planned Parenthood, “and want to let health insurance companies once again charge women just because of our gender.”

“We move forward when gay and transgender women are embraced...not fired from good jobs because of who they love or who they are,” she added.

It is not the first time the former first lady had said that liberal social policies should displace religious views. In a December 2011 speech in Geneva, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said perhaps the “most challenging issue arises when people cite religious or cultural values as a reason to violate or not to protect the human rights of LGBT citizens.” These objections, she said, are “not unlike the justification offered for violent practices towards women like honor killings, widow burning, or female genital mutilation.”

While opinions on homosexuality are “still evolving,” in time “we came to learn that no [religious] practice or tradition trumps the human rights that belong to all of us.”

Her views, if outside the American political mainstream, have been supported by the United Nations. The UN Population Fund stated in its 2012 annual report that religious objections to abortion-inducing drugs had to be overcome. According to the UNFPA report, “‘duty-bearers’ (governments and others)” have a responsibility to assure that all forms of contraception – including sterilization and abortion-inducing ‘emergency contraception’ – are viewed as acceptable – “But if they are not acceptable for cultural, religious or other reasons, they will not be used.”

Two years later, the United Nations' Committee on the Rights of the Child instructed the Vatican last February that the Catholic Church should amend canon law “relating to abortion with a view to identifying circumstances under which access to abortion services may be permitted.”

At Thursday's speech, Hillary called the legal, state-enforced implementation of feminist politics “the great unfinished business of the 21st century,” which must be accomplished “not just for women but for everyone — and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States.”

“These are not just women's fights. These have to be America's fights and the world's fights,” she said. “There's still much to be done in our own country, much more to be done around the world, but I'm confident and optimistic that if we get to work, we will get it done together.”

American critics called Clinton's suggestion that a nation founded upon freedom of religion begin using state force to change religious practices unprecedented.

“Never before have we seen a presidential candidate be this bold about directly confronting the Catholic Church's teachings on abortion,” said Bill Donohue of the Catholic League.

“In one sense, this shows just how extreme the pro-abortion caucus actually is,” Ed Morrissey writes at HotAir.com. “Running for president on the basis of promising to use the power of government to change 'deep seated cultural codes [and] religious beliefs' might be the most honest progressive slogan in history.”

He hoped that, now that she had called for governments to change religious doctrines, “voters will now see the real Hillary Clinton, the one who dismisses their faith just the same as Obama did, and this time publicly rather than in a private fundraiser.”

Donohue asked Hillary “to take the next step and tell us exactly what she plans to do about delivering on her pledge. Not only would practicing Catholics like to know, so would Evangelicals, Orthodox Jews, Muslims, and all those who value life from conception to natural death.”

You may watch Hillary's speech below.

Her comments on religion begin at approximately 9:00. 

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