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The USCCB, CCHD and CCHD grantees are frequently subject to exploitative scrutiny by organized pressure groups and their peers, like the American Life League (ALL), operating to further narrow viewpoints and aims.
CCHD staff and dioceses throughout the country investigate all claims made against grantees responsibly, but prudence demands taking account of these groups' consistent track record of misreporting. In the interest of promoting the genuine Review and Renewal of CCHD, and after repeated attempts at constructive communication, CCHD has decided against further engagement with ALL and its associate groups at this time.
As Bishop Stephen Blaire, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop Jaime Soto, chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on CCHD have noted:
"Despite significant progress, some things don't change. The American Life League continues to attack CCHD and the USCCB. ALL continue[s] to recycle allegations that CCHD funds many organizations that are in conflict with Catholic teaching. They simply do not agree with CCHD's mission and how we apply our guidelines and requirements."
As the official anti-poverty agency of the Catholic bishops in the United States, CCHD is accountable to them and operates at the highest levels of fidelity to Church teaching, integrity and transparency in its mission to provide critical support to poor persons. CCHD monitors grant recipients through an exacting reporting process in cooperation with the local diocese. Only groups that have received formal approval from the local bishop may receive a CCHD grant.
CCHD requires of each grantee the highest standards of accountability and conformity with the moral teaching of the Catholic Church. If a group commits offenses against Catholic moral teaching, or undermines the Church's defense of the unborn or her promotion of the family, a grant qualification is rescinded.
These most exceptional cases cannot vitiate the excellent work done by hundreds of local community organizations to support leadership development, empower immigrants, protect poor communities from the effects of environmental degradation, catalyze equitable access to health care and housing, generate economic development and job growth, and promote the life and dignity of all.
As we wrestle with the effects of the economic crisis, the Church's apostolate of justice will continue with increased intensity as CCHD donors in the parish pew and CCHD grant recipients work together to overcome poverty and injustice.We invite you to visit www.PovertyUSA.org and see our Facebook page and Twitter to learn more about the genuine work of CCHD to help persons out of poverty.
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