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The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has been repeatedly attacked by Judie Brown, Michael Hichborn and the American Life League (ALL) for several years. They allege that CCHD funds many organizations that take actions in conflict with Catholic teaching. In the past, they also have unfairly attacked CCHD and USCCB leadership.A recent letter to bishops from ALL gave a preview of a new attack. All these recycled charges have been already reviewed, some several times. CCHD has carefully assessed these past charges and reported the results to the CCHD Subcommittee and the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. In one instance, ALL helped uncover violations of CCHD guidelines which led to termination of grants to that group. CCHD has expressed gratitude for this information and asked ALL to continue to communicate its specific concerns to CCHD. In the last year, CCHD staff has met four times for extended sessions with American Life League staff. One set of meetings outlined the process and results of the CCHD Review and Renewal and asked for their input. There were some helpful suggestions, some of which were incorporated into the Renewal. Other meetings were to share CCHD’s mission, process and procedures and rationale for funding and to review and respond to the general and specific allegations from ALL. While some progress was made in these sessions, they usually ended with ALL disagreeing with the CCHD mission as set forth by the bishops and CCHD disagreeing with ALL’s efforts to accuse groups of violating CCHD guidelines based on web searches and without any contact with the groups or dioceses.
CCHD received from Archbishop Dolan a copy of the materials sent to him by ALL. These are not new accusations, but a repackaging of past charges already addressed by CCHD and discussed by the CCHD Subcommittee and reported to the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. Every one of these groups was approved by the local bishop and funded by the CCHD Subcommittee in the summer of 2010, more than a year ago. The funds were delayed so that CCHD and local dioceses could undertake additional research on the groups before the grants were dispersed. All this took place before the CCHD Review and Renewal was adopted.
It is important to note serious overall problems with the accusations of Hichborn and ALL. They rely almost exclusively on unverified web-based information and primarily on internet sites of organizations that are NOT funded by CCHD. These accusations are almost always made without contact with the CCHD funded groups or diocesan staff.
The other allegations are repetitions of previous accusations of improper relationships between CCHD funded groups and various national organizations and events. These concerns have been raised in the past, researched and reviewed by CCHD staff leadership and dioceses. Except for the one case cited above, CCHD has found that these groups did not violate CCHD requirements. Some of the allegations involve confusion about what “membership” or “partnership” means in the relationships between local groups and a particular national organization. In reviewing the allegations, CCHD found:
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