Brother Andrew Tarnowski discussed this controversy surrounding Development and Peace at the April council meeting. What follows is a list of links to various articles and points of view about the issue. Your opinions and comments are welcome.
Vatican fires leader of international aid organization Caritas, to strengthen ‘Catholic identity’.
ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI TO PARTICIPANTS IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF CARITAS INTERNATIONALIS.
ROME, Italy, July 15, 2011. Catholic charitable efforts must go beyond the “search for justice” and be integrally connected to the proclamation of the Gospel, says Cardinal Robert Sarah, President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, which oversees the Church’s charitable institutions. “Proclaiming the Gospel, which is not proselytism, is an integral part of charitable activity,” the cardinal wrote in a Friday article for L’Osservatore Romano marking the 40th anniversary of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. “The witness to charity finds its measure in Christ. The search for justice does not fulfill the task of charity.”
Peruvian Bishops 2009 letter to Canadian Bishops on D&P.
Mexican bishop condemns pro-abortion group listed as ‘partner’ by Development and Peace.
Canadian Bishops Plenary Addresses Development and Peace Question.
Bishop Co-Author of D&P Investigation Admits: “I Just Should Have Followed Up more”.
Archbishop: D&P co-wrote the CCCB report exonerating pro-abort partners, slamming LSN
CCODP national council says it will decide on who receives funds. (Western Catholic Reporter, July 11, 2011, page 8).
CCODP staff feel “prophetic vision” being undermined. (same WCR page as above).
They say CCCB call for support letters from local bishops will transform agency’s mission…!!
“The union representing D & P employees says tighter supervision by the Canadian bishops threatens the democratic nature of the lay-run organization and undermines the prophetic vision that motivates their work.”
These “prophets” of the D & P union are affiliated with the “Confederation des syndicats nationaux” (CSN), which originally was “Canadian Catholic Confederation of Labour (1921 to 1960), …then the organization abandoned its religious identity, and dropped references to the Social Doctrine of the Church in its statement of principles”.
See D & P union’s press release (french only) using “Ctrl + click” on link following:
CSN supports the right of women to abortion: 75 Press releases!!
CSN is also deeply involved in its support of LGBT: 43 Press releases.
Canadian bishops issue statement on CCODP. (same WCR page as above).
A statement from the permanent council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops “ Meeting in Ottawa this 15-16 June, (AFTER D & P Council’s resolution and Union statement!!) the permanent council … reaffirmed their confidence in the CCODP. The CCCB plenary assembly last October also made similar reaffirmation.”
A sceptical note on Canada’s bishops and Development and Peace :
New CCCB president: ‘Simply trust the bishops and the leadership of D&P to move forward on this’. (Archbishop Richard Smith).
New head of Canada’s bishops: Abortion is ‘the most outrageous injustice today’ (Archbishop Richard Smith).
Caught on tape: Canadian bishops-backed group doles out free contraception. (Archbishop Richard Smith in Haiti, Dec.2011)
So … where does our Archbishop stand on these issues …?!
Other Bishops’ positions:
Archbishop Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto.
Archdiocese of Toronto Releases Funds to D&P Partners Approved by Bishops
Canadian Bishop who led on correcting Development & Peace named Cardinal.
Ontario bishops maintain funding restrictions on Development & Peace.
Ottawa Archbishop calls on D&P to show ‘unquestioned support of the right to life’
Ottawa archbishop to disgruntled D&P supporters: Don’t want to be pro-life? Go start your own group.
Pembroke bishop withholds all funds from scandal-plagued Development & Peace.
Meantime, in Alberta…
Canadian bishops offer opposing views on funding pro-abortion groups.
MoneySense magazine compares International Aid Charities:
The Charity 100 - 2011: International Aid. Find D&P, compare to Chalice.
Which charities use your money most efficiently?
D&P ranks last for ‘overall charity efficiency’.
Could this be the reason for CIDA’s funding cuts…??!! After low financial management rating Canada cuts funding to Development and Peace by 64% ( !! )
Opinion: Canadian gov’t cleaning up Catholic bishops’ Development and Peace mess.
Take a stand on D&P: Catholic Register Editorial.
Is D&P worth donating to? You decide. by Father Raymond de Souza.