Monday, July 23, 2012

Hey USCCB!, You can't ride two horses with one...

It was recently discovered that Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official overseas relief agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has participated in funding CARE.  CARE is an international humanitarian organization which provides relief in developing nations.

Great!  However, they also provide contraception and early-abortion-inducing drugs!

In an article by Catholic News Agency, CRS defends its funding of CARE, and states that it “always has taken very seriously decisions we make about the groups with which we collaborate or form partnerships to ensure that we are not violating the Church teachings.”

CRS further defends its funding of CARE by stating that there was "little to no risk" that funds it donated would be used for purposes other than what it intended.

NOT good enough!  If CARE has $100 that they can use toward food or abortion, and CRS gives them another $100, CRS just gave CARE the means to provide abortion.  Hello!!!???

Paraphrasing the Church's teaching, "It is ... an error to judge the morality of human acts by considering only the intention that inspires them or the circumstances (environment, social pressure, duress or emergency, etc.) which supply their context. ... One may not do evil so that good may result from it." (1)

I know, I know.  "These days you can't avoid indirectly participating in such activities."  This is not like you or me shopping at some store that donates to an organization that in turn donates to another.

The Catholic Bishops are in a fight, to say the least, against the immoral and unjust Obama / HHS mandate.  They teach (rightly so) against some of what CARE provides via (however indirect) CRS funding.  And who funds CRS?  Yep, faithful Catholics.  It's hard to purport a position when there is evidence to the contrary.

It's time for the Bishops to stop allowing funds, given in good conscience, to be used for immoral activities.  Its time for them to do their homework, stop relying on third party information, and to avoid these continuous "egg-faced" embarrassments.

(1) Catechism of the Catholic Church 1756

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