Yesterday marked year 42 of the United States’ embrace of the Culture of Death. That’s 42 years of the willful slaughter of innocent children in the womb. That’s at least 57 million babies murdered in the most cruel and horrific manner. It is the 42nd year of the greatest ongoing holocaust in human history. And this tragedy will only get worse so long as those who took vows before God to tend and defend the flock of Christians given to his care, feed the wolves who seek to pray upon the sheep. I’m talking about the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
On January 21, Sean Cardinal O’Malley, the current chairman of the USCCB’s Pro-Life Activities office, gave the homily at the national Pro-Life Mass in Washington, DC. In his homily, he said, “What must characterize the pro-life movement is a special love for the poor, the marginalized, the suffering, and especially human life that is in danger of being discarded.” On the face of it, this statement is absolutely right. If we are to engage the Culture of Death, we must tend to the poor because they are the ones being targeted by Planned Parenthood and other abortion-providing vultures. A wonderful organization which perfectly integrates these two thoughts is Mary’s Shelter in Fredericksburg, VA. But the problem with this statement is that while the Cardinal Archbishop is technically correct, the “the national anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops” is the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and the USCCB’s solution to integrating the pro-life movement with helping the poor is to fund radical leftist community organizers through the CCHD. And the CCHD is funding organizations that are led by pro-abortion and pro-birth control activists.
Placer People of Faith Together (PPFT) received a $50,000 grant from the CCHD in 2014. You can read the profile on this organization at the link here. The president of PPFT is Diana Madoshi, who is also a regional coordinator for an organization called the CAlifornia Women’s Agenda (CAWA). As a regional coordinator of CAWA, Madoshi is responsible for networking various organizations and volunteers, using CAWA’s “Plan of Action … as their framework for action on critical concerns and policy issues.”
And what are those critical concerns and policy issues? (From CAWA’s Plan of Action, pages 19-21):
- Securing low-cost abortions
- Ensuring early and confidential abortion services
- Providing condom machines in school bathrooms
- Providing training on abortion
- requiring access to family planning and abortion in the second trimester
- LIFTING RESTRICTIONS ON TUBAL-LIGATIONS AT CATHOLIC HOSPITALS
Madoshi also made no bones about her support for government and employer-funded birth control on her own facebook page:
I encourage readers to take a look at the full profile on Placer People of Faith Together, but this should be enough to make the point; while the leadership in the US Conference of Catholic Bishops are encouraging Catholics at the March for Life, they are simultaneously funding organizations led by individuals fighting AGAINST the pro-life movement. And they are doing this in the name of “fighting poverty.” If we are to truly defeat the Culture of Death, we cannot allow Catholic funds to go to organizations fighting for it. It’s like a snake swallowing its own tail in order to satisfy its own hunger: not only is it an exercise in futility, but the path to its own destruction.