Two More Bishops Cut CCHD Collection
By Patrick B. Crainee
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 27, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two more U.S. bishops have discontinued their diocesan collection for the national fund of the U.S. Bishops’ domestic anti-poverty arm, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), LifeSiteNews (LSN) has learned.
Bishop Joseph Adamec of Altoona-Johnstown decided to discontinue the CCHD collection in the fall of 2009, said Tony DeGol, the diocese’s secretary for communications.
“The bishop felt that we needed to do an annual special collection for Catholic Charities, so he decided to replace the Catholic Campaign for Human Development with the collection for Catholic Charities, that will benefit our diocese,” Degol told LSN. The diocese’s Catholic Charities was “hit hard” with increased demand starting in the summer, Degol said, because other organizations had to reduce their services due to a loss in state funding.
CCHD, long criticized for its funding practices, has come under intense pressure since last August with a number of reports revealing that the organization has funded numerous groups advocating abortion, same-sex “marriage,” contraception, and other questionable activities.
Degol insisted, however, that Bishop Adamec did not mention any concerns about these allegations when he discussed his decision with diocesan staff. “The reason was that we wanted to do something for Catholic Charities, rather than add another collection,” Degol reiterated.
Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Harrisburg also decided in the fall to substitute the annual CCHD collection with a “Matthew 25 collection,” said Peter Biasucci, the diocese’s assistant director for Catholic Charities. The diocese announced the decision, which was made in consultation with the Presbyteral Council, in Septembr and it took effect in 2010. While Bishop Rhoades moved to the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend in January, Biasucci said the new setup is intended to continue. More…
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