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Trust whom?

It is the season when the person in the pew is being solicited to give generously to the local Share Lent agency. In the past, Canadian Catholics might have responded with an open heart. However, in recent years, information has come to light that Development and Peace, the international aid agency of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, is financially supporting (with our money) organizations in developing countries that support and counsel abortions and contraceptives.

In December 2011, CCCB President Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton and Vice-President Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau visited Haiti with D. and P. leaders and were shown around Haitian sites by a representative from APROSIFA, an agency supported by D and P. In a February 9, 2012 letter, Archbishop Smith called on Canadian Catholics to "be as generous as your means allow" in financially supporting D. and P.

Now a new scandal has hit the fan. The health clinic called APROSIFA, (see above) in a Port-au-Prince shantytown has been found by LifeSiteNews to offer a "family planning program" contraceptive pills, and access to legal abortions (LifeSiteNews, March 5, 2012).

It makes the words of Archbishop Smith of October 2011 sound rather hollow: "Simply trust the bishops and the leadership of Development and Peace to move forward." Why should Catholics put their trust in these words? A simple web search by a CCCB representative would have found out the same information that LifeSiteNews did--namely that APROSIFA is pro-abortion and should not receive a penny of Share Lent money. And if CCCB does not have the resources to check all the international aid organizations it supports, simply release the names so Catholics can search for themselves. It is as easy as that.

So in what or in whom should Catholics put their trust? Clearly, D. and P. cannot be trusted until it puts its house in order and adopts Catholic moral thinking. This process may be speeded up now that the federal government has cut its share of the D. and P. budget by 65%, from $49.2 million for a 5-year term (2006-2011) to $14.9 million (2011-2016). (Embassy, March 21, 2012) (See also Blog "So Con and Bust" Dec. 2011, and "Catholics have made a difference in Haiti" Catholic Register, Jan. 6, 2012.)
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Title Annotation:CANADA; Development and Peace's support of pro-abortion organizations
Publication:Catholic Insight
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Apr 1, 2012
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