Lepanto Institute discovers Catholic Campaign for Human Development funds going to group engaged in homosexual activism
Washington, DC—The Lepanto Institute issued a report exposing the activities of an organization which received a $35,000 grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). According to the report, the Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) launched its own gay straight alliance in 2014, participated in a homosexuality activism coordination event in 2013, and its director of operations signed a letter supporting same-sex marriage.
“CCHD grant guidelines are very clear. CCHD says it will not fund organizations which are taking actions in violation of Catholic moral teaching,” said Michael Hichborn, president of the Lepanto Institute. “This is just one more in the long list of failures in the CCHD’s self-proclaimed rigorous screening process.”
The CCHD’s grant guidelines state, “Organizations that receive CCHD funds must not participate in or promote activities that contradict the moral and social teachings of the Catholic Church.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2357 specifically states, regarding homosexual acts, “under no circumstances can they be approved.”
“What’s perplexing is that in 2012, The Reform CCHD Now coalition sent a profile on the problems with NWBCCC to the Archdiocese of New York, and the response we received was that they decided not to fund that organization before we even sent them the letter,” said Hichborn. “So, why are they funding them this year, now that it’s clear that things have gotten worse?”
According to the Reform CCHD Now coalition’s 2012 profile on NWBCCC, Msgr. Sullivan told investigators, “After the most recent review of their CCHD grant request, prior to your letter, the NWBCCC was not recommended for funding, and will not be receiving money from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.”
“Every year, the CCHD denies it funds organizations acting against Catholic teaching, and every year they get caught doing just that,” said Hichborn. “Perhaps it isn’t their screening process that’s broken, but their understanding of Catholic moral teaching.”
Media inquiries, please contact Michael Hichborn at 540.847.5501 or MDHichborn@LepantoInstitute.org.