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NOTE FROM LEPANTO: Due to the egregious nature of the CCHD’s malfeasance and/or incompetence, we are asking EVERYONE to sign the petition asking bishops to withdraw from the CCHD and end it completely!

February 15, 2021 (Lepanto Institute) — Several days ago, 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 have yet to receive an official response regarding this report.

Further research shows that the fourth Nashville based CCHD funded organization, the Workers Dignity Project (WDP), is even worse than the previous three. We have direct evidence, including audio and video recordings, that prove WDP is directly encouraging abortion and transgender activism to the poor immigrants and workers it is supposed to be representing. And this isn’t a one-time grant, either. WDP received six grants from the CCHD since 2013 totaling $245,000.

This means that WDP passed through CCHD’s “rigorous screening process” on SIX separate occasions, and that WDP flew under the radar of CCHD’s stringent monitoring process for the better part of a decade. That WDP received a SINGLE grant would show a breakdown of the CCHD’s process. That it received SIX grants shows that this process does not work at all, and that the CCHD is either too incompetent or too compromised to handle Catholic funding and must be shut down immediately.

Furthermore, this evidence was not difficult to come by. We simply reviewed WDP’s own websites and broadcasts as well as the sites of community partners.

Before we get into the main body of evidence, here is a tip to the staff at CCHD. When an organization is included as a “community partner” in a Planned Parenthood annual report, that is a good clue that you should look more closely into an organization before handing over the hard-earned money of faithful Catholics. Take a close look at page 9 of Planned Parenthood Tennessee and North Mississippi’s 2018 Annual Report. Who do you see listed there? Yes, that is Worker’s Dignity Project. Did this give you pause at all before you funded them that year?

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CCHD grant guidelines are very clear:

“Organizations that receive CCHD funds must not participate in or promote activities that contradict the moral and social teachings of the Catholic Church. Organizations that support or promote, for example, capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, racism, war, discrimination, or same-sex marriage are not eligible for CCHD funding.”

Either these grant guidelines mean nothing to CCHD staff, or they are incredibly incompetent at screening grantees. Here is another easy-to-find WDP activity, this time a clear violation of grant guidelines, from 2017. WDP and its radio station 104.1 FM WDYO gave promotional support to Nashville Pride and its “Equality Rally for Unity and Pride.”

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Later the same year, WDP’s radio station hosted transgender activist RJ Robles.

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Catholic money should not go to organizations giving promotional support to homosexual activism, period.

This is just scratching the surface. WDP should’ve been disqualified as a CCHD grant recipient long ago, but they are STILL getting grants. And this is causing incredible harm to the poor working community that CCHD is supposedly trying to help. WDP’s main clientele are low-income workers and immigrants. Catholic teaching says we should help them and make sure their community receives justice. It does NOT say we should be encouraging these primarily Latino communities to murder their children through abortion or kill their souls with perverted ideologies such as transgenderism.

Here is proof, and when you see it you will be just as shocked and enraged as we are.

First, some groundwork. WDP is co-directed by Cecilia Prado. A quick glance at her social media profile shows some immediate red flags and causes for concern. Her Facebook likes page is littered with pro-abortion, Marxist and LGBTQ activist organizations. Is this who should be leading a Catholic funded organization?

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And, true to form, Cecilia Prado’s pro-abortion views bled directly into WDP’s activities. WDP owns and operates a Nashville radio station, 104.1FM WDYO, and on August 22, 2020, Cecilia Prado Interviewed abortion activist and then director of the Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund (which directly funds abortions) Laurie Bertram Roberts. Prado herself stated that she was incredibly excited about this interview of a “reproductive justice warrior.”

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This interview pushes for the federal funding of abortion, and Prado praises Planned Parenthood and states that her own abortion was a good experience. Bertram Roberts goes on to state that abortion should be comfortable and relates a story about how she took a woman to Red Lobster following the murder of her 18-week baby in utero.

Later in the video both women laugh hysterically about the idea that the Catholic faith of Latinas influences them at all against abortion, and Prado is very pleased that Bertram Roberts is bringing abortion to the “deep south.”

There is no excuse for this grant. Catholic funding went to an organization promoting abortion, and this cannot be disputed, swept under the rug or silently defunded. This is evidence of institutional failure or willful complicity and the only solution after ten years of broken promises and “review and renewals” is the end of the CCHD program.

However, the evidence doesn’t end with one single radio interview.

WDP’s radio station again directly pushed for abortion in the Latina community in a Spanish language program on January 21st titled “Hablemos de Aborto!!

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This program featured representatives of WDP speaking with Katherine Diaz from Planned Parenthood’s Hispanic abortion outreach program RAIZ.

We were able to confirm her role with Planned Parenthood based both on her statements in the interview as well as from Planned Parenthood’s own Facebook page:

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Going back to the Planned Parenthood’s mention of WDP being a “community partner” in its Annual Report, we also see in this report that PP’s RAIZ program connected with “crucial partners and established a strong presence in Spanish social, broadcast and print media.”

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Since the purpose of the Raiz program is to connect with the Latinx community through print and radio, it seems that the nature of the ‘community partnership’ WDP established with Planned Parenthood as far back as 2017 was made through WDP’s radio station.

This radio program discussed abortion in the Nashville Hispanic community and gave arguments in favor of abortion as well as called for activism to spread access to abortion. Here are some clips from the full broadcast:

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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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WDYO also hosted a discussion with the co-director of Healthy and Free Tennessee, a pro-abortion activist organization. The importance of access to commit abortion was stressed in this program.

WDP further promoted both abortion and Planned Parenthood on its social media platforms.

On January 26th of 2021, WDP shared a link to Planned Parenthood’s action fund:

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WDP’s radio station is also involved in the promotion of transgenderism. On Dec 21 of 2020, WDYO hosted transgender activist Nicol Aguilar from Asociacion LGBT Nicol House:

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This is proof positive that Catholic funding is directly HARMING the communities that so desperately need assistance. This is not an act of justice, but a complete INJUSTICE. The CCHD should be absolutely ASHAMED to have funded such a grantee and speaking of justice, every single staff member involved in the funding of WDP should resign immediately, including the leadership at national CCHD. This is a disgrace!

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

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