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Here’s what we know.

We know that Catholic schools in Canada raised funds for Free the Children (FTC) to bring relief to Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010 (for example here and here).

We know that part of FTC’s help to Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake was delivered by the condom-pushing NGO called Partners in Health.

We know that both Craig and Marc Kielburger consider condom distribution to be part of “basic medicine”. So when FTC’s website says that its work with PIH in Haiti involves providing “medical care” to Haitians, it’s entirely possible that this medical care included condoms. Condoms are, after all, a major activity of PIH.

Does that sound like a stretch? What do you suppose PIH was doing in Haiti following the earthquake? Do you think they stopped distributing condoms to focus exclusively on emergencies? Not a chance. They actually intensified contraception distribution, perhaps because the increased donations gave them more resources to do so. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oh goodie. I bet you are really excited about Catholic education in Ontario, aren’t you?

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A few days ago, we wrote about one of Free the Children’s (FTC) partners called Partners in Health (PIH) which is very active in distributing contraception. PIH was co-founded by Paul Farmer. Back in 2008, Craig and Marc Kielburger wrote a lofty piece that almost canonized Farmer. One paragraph jumps out:

Farmer trained community members in basic medicine. It was mainly preventative measures like hand-washing, family planning and condom use. The goal was to stop illness in its tracks through education. The community health workers were paid for their services and would go about teaching, referring and delivering medicine. (Source

Farmer has obviously done some very meritorious things. Kudos to him. But his work in distributing contraception is a great disservice to society by violating the integrity of sex as a sign of God’s love for the Church. 

I don’t know about you, but when I personally give an endorsement about somebody, I generally talk about the good stuff, the stuff I agree with. As Matt Redman sings, “Everybody praises the thing they love.” So if the Kielburgers’ article praising Mr. Farmer made mention of his distribution of contraception, isn’t it likely that they approved of that activity? Look at it the other way: if they opposed contraception on moral grounds, would they have mentioned it in this canticle of praise without providing any caveats?

More importantly, the fact that the Kielburgers include condom use as part of “basic medicine” should put the last nail in the coffin of anyone who thinks the Kielburgers don’t endorse condom usage. By using the term “basic medicine” and by putting condom use on par with hand-washing, they give condoms a connotation of being necessary, normal and healthy.

This makes you wonder what exactly goes on in FTC’s health activities. Any sentence about “medicine” or “health” on their website now needs to be interpreted in light of their twisted vocabulary and mindset.

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Back in October 2013, when Catholic parents in Ottawa were asking tough questions about Free the Children (FTC), Marc Kielburger wrote a letter to the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) making the following definitive statement :

“Please allow us to share that Free The Children does not partner with development organization [sic] or other international agencies which are in direct conflict with Catholic teachings.” (Source) 

Socon or Bust has compelling evidence that this statement is factually false.

FTC partners with an NGO called Partners in Health  (PIH). We know this through FTC’s own website. In January 2010, in the aftermath of the terrible earthquake that devastated Haiti, FTC sent money to PIH:


Free The Children responds to crisis in Haiti

Toronto, ON (January 19, 2010) – After Haiti’s 7.0 earthquake hit last Tuesday, Free The
Children responded immediately by setting up an emergency relief fund and teaming up with
Partners in Health ( who have been providing on-the-ground
healthcare in Haiti for over 20 years. Together both organizations are providing emergency relief
and medical supplies to get immediate, effective support to the hardest-hit communities. (Source)

A year later, FTC was still talking about their partnership with PIH:

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated the city of Port au Prince and its surrounding regions. It is estimated that only 5% of the rubble has been cleared from Port au Prince, signifying that there is still a long road ahead in Haiti’s recovery. Since the earthquake, Free The Children has provided both emergency response by delivering basic supplies, carrying out rapid needs assessments, and working with Partners in Health to provide medical care immediately after the quake. (Source)

Not surprisingly, FTC’s annual reports for 2010 and 2011 both list PIH among “Supporters and Partners”. In FTC’s most recent annual report, for 2013, PIH is still on the list of “Partners and Supporters” (page 43).

So we’ve established quite clearly that FTC has partnered with PIH for several years and has sent them money. What does PIH do? Their website says that they’re dedicated to bringing health care to the people in poor countries. Sounds very laudable. But they’re very upfront about their work in distributing contraception. On their web page about women’s health, they have a section on “family planning”. It reads like this (emphasis ours):

Family planning is among the most effective tools for reducing maternal mortality. Women who receive education and contraceptive options are more likely to delay childbearing, have fewer children, and reduce their risk for obstetrical complications. Nevertheless, an estimated 41 percent of all pregnancies worldwide are unplanned or unwanted, accounting for nearly 230,000 new pregnancies every day, according to a 2010 article in the journal Studies in Family Planning.

Women in poor communities too often lack access to family planning tools. Clinics are too far away, fees for obtaining medical care are too high, and transportation costs are beyond their means. If family planning services were available to all women who want them, maternal mortality in poor countries could be reduced by an estimated 70 percent, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Haiti, each of PIH’s clinics has a full-time nurse trained in sex education and reproductive health counseling. Staff in Haiti have been offering free condoms and contraception for more than 15 years. In 2003, we began training and mobilizing community health workers who specifically promote family planning and women’s health. These ajan fanm—women’s health agents—travel throughout the countryside, teaching people about sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and contraceptive methods. They also distribute condoms and oral contraceptives and refer pregnant women to clinics. This successful model is being replicated at PIH sites in Rwanda, Malawi, and Lesotho. (Source)

Veritable evangelists for contraception, doling out free condoms and travelling the countryside to spread the “reproductive health care” gospel. Predictably, they cite the Guttmacher Institute, which is the “research” arm of Planned Parenthood. Also note, for the umpteenth time, how “reproductive health” and “family planning” are synonymous with contraception in these secular NGOs.
PIH’s condom work garnered some media attention from CNN, who wrote an article in May 2013 (emphasis ours):

(CNN) – Condoms do two things really well: They prevent unwanted pregnancies, and they stop the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases. Doing both can have a broad effect on a community’s overall health, especially in developing nations where people have limited access to medical care.

The problem is that access to condoms in these countries is limited, says Sheila Davis, chief nursing officer for Partners in Health. Rural shops or roadside stands don’t usually sell contraception, and supply shortages hinder health care workers’ attempts to hand out free condoms at hospitals or clinics.

In 2008, donors provided about 2.4 billion condoms worldwide, according to the United Nations Population Fund. That’s only a small percentage of the 18 billion experts estimate will be needed globally for HIV prevention and family planning by 2015. Some countries receive an average of one condom per man per year.

Davis has seen the effects of contraception shortages in Haiti. Unwanted pregnancies in the country spiked after the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 220,000 people, according to the United Nations Population Fund. And Haiti continues to struggle with high prevalence rates of HIV.

To conquer the Caribbean nation’s lack of contraception, Partners in Health has teamed up with Sir Richard’s, an American condom company. Sir Richard’s launched in 2009 with a similar business model as TOMS Shoes & Eyewear; for every condom bought, Sir Richard’s donates one condom to a developing nation. Haiti is a trial run for the company, which plans to eventually expand to Africa and South America. (Source)

It’s quite clear that PIH is aggressively pushing for condoms in Haiti and other countries in the Global South. FTC is partnering with an NGO that is very much “in direct conflict with Catholic teachings.” Mr. Kielburger wrote that inaccurate letter to the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) in October 2013, a year in which his own annual report shows that FTC was still in league with PIH. 

The Kielburgers owe us an explanation….or perhaps it’s time to end the current façade.  The facts are that Free the Children’s goals and their partners’ goals are not aligned with the Church, but are, in fact, in direct opposition to the Catholic Church’s teachings on the sanctity of human life and human sexuality.

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Board chairperson Pat Daly said he proposed writing a letter “of concerned protest” against Trudeau’s stance.

“Obviously that’s something that is of great concern to our board,” he said. “The trustees were unanimous in their support.”

He noted the letter would be sent on behalf of the board, but also all students and staff within the system who work hard to promote a “culture of life.”

Its website says the board’s Culture of Life committee aims to “support and enhance the education of students about issues around the beginning and end of life – particularly abortion and euthanasia.”
h/t Big Blue Wave

Two questions for the Ottawa Catholic School Board :

1. Shouldn’t they also write a letter of protest to Trudeau? After all, Archbishop Prendergast and Bishop Riesbeck have made a big deal of it, to their credit. They’ve also provided all the political cover required.

2. Does the OCSB have a Culture of Life committee or equivalent? I didn’t find one on the list posted on their website, although I understand that list may not be exhaustive. Seems like we could do more.

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Andrew Black is a member of the Canadian Board of Directors of Free the Children. He’s also on the Board of Directors of an NGO called Virgin Unite (see his resume here on LinkedIn). Virgin Unite is part of the Virgin conglomerate (music, mobile, airline, etc.).

Virgin Unite does a lot of stuff, but we know they’re deeply involved in distributing condoms. For example, check out this article from their website:

The One Brand has donated over 100,000 One condoms to Virgin Unite to distribute to the Bhubezi and Ndlovu Clinics in the Mpumalanga province in South Africa.

This announcement comes on World Aids Day and aims to help people in the fight against the spread of HIV AIDS.

Virgin Unite CEO Jean Oelwang commented: “Everyone has the right to basic healthcare. We are very pleased to be working with the One Foundation to distribute their generous donation of over 100,000 condoms to help stop the spread of HIV and AIDS. (Source)

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Mary Lewis is a member of the Board of Directors of Free the Children USA (link here, click on the tab at the bottom of the page called “US Board of Directors”).  As indicated on that page, her day job is to serve as the Vice President of Outreach and as Assistant to Dr. Jane Goodall, at the Jane Goodall Institute. Those credentials are confirmed on the website of the Jane Goodall Institute.

What does this Institute do? It’s primarily an environmentalist group that focuses on preserving apes. As their mission statement says:

Specifically, we seek to:

  • Improve global understanding and treatment of great apes through research, public education and advocacy

  • Contribute to the preservation of great apes and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in local communities

  • Create a worldwide network of young people who have learned to care deeply for their human community, for all animals and for the environment, and who will take responsible action to care for them (Source)

Nothing wrong with that. However, the means they use are very much anti-family. Very explicitly and intentionally so. You see, they consider the human population as a threat to the chimpanzee population. Therefore, the growth of the human population must be curbed through “family planning.” Here’s how they explain it. Read the rest of this entry »

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There will be more reporting to follow.  Pretty eye-popping stuff too.

The all-seeing EYE of Sauron never sleeps and he’s fixed his gaze on Free the Children.

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The latest inconvenient truth to be discovered about Free the Children is their close ties with a radical feminist group called Women’s Day Live (WDL).  If you search WDL’s website, you quickly discover that the movers and shakers behind the organization and its supporters are a who’s who of the global abortion steamroller.

How deeply is Free the Children involved?  We’ll find out in just a moment, but for now, let’s find out who makes up WDL.

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Let’s be candid here. Until and unless Catholic teaching regarding homosexuality changes – the catechism calls for tolerance and respect for gay people, but describes their sexuality as a “grave depravity” and “intrinsically disordered” – no gay student can feel genuinely comfortable in a Catholic school. Yet every student, gay or straight, should feel welcomed in a school that receives public funding. (Source)

Time to cut the invitations for Michael Coren to speak at your Church or Conference until he gets the message.

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You get to know a lot about an organization by looking at its leaders. Both John and I learned this first-hand when we served on the Board of Directors of a local charity in Ottawa.

The Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Free the Children USA is Eva Haller. She’s also on the Board of Directors of Free the Children International. Just six months ago, in October 2013, Ms. Haller received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). For those of you who are not aware, the UNFPA is the United Nations arm responsible for pushing contraception around the world. In fact, in November 2012, less than a year before Ms. Haller received her award, the UNFPA declared contraception a “universal human right,” which even drew the attention of the mainstream media. Five months before Ms. Haller’s award, in May 2013, the UNFPA rose to new heights of philanthropy by announcing a partnership with Planned Parenthood to make sure contraception was readily available to “post-conflict and post-disaster countries.”  After all, in the aftermath of national emergencies, these countries need condoms much more than food, water or housing.  Everyone knows that.

But it gets worse. At the award ceremony, Ms. Haller proudly handed a trophy to Anzaira Roxas, the Deputy Project Coordinator at the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP), which is a member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. In addition to handing out 339,000 condoms in the Philippines in one year, Ms. Roxas’ team also lobbied the Filipino government to pass the infamous Reproductive Health Act, that insidious piece of anti-family legislation which the Filipino bishops have fought tooth and nail.

It turns out that Ms. Haller is married to Dr. Yoel Haller. He’s now retired, but he was an obstetrician/gynecologist who served as Medical Director for Planned Parenthood of the San Francisco-Alameda Counties. Mr. Haller is currently on the Advisory Board of Directors of Free the Children (scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the “Advisory Board of Directors” tab).

This information about two prominent members of Free the Children should give you some context about where the organization is coming from when it speaks of “reproductive health” and “family planning”.

This may seem like “guilt-by-association” evidence, and while it does not rise to the level of smoking gun evidence that has been gathered thus far on Free the Children, the perspective of people who serve on one’s Board says quite a bit about the DIRECTION of where the organization is going.  That’s what a Board of Directors does, after all.  It gives direction on how the organization’s resources are deployed, how the organization carries out its mission, and what kind of guidance it provides to its employees.   A slip-up on a website can always be excused and blamed on an ‘intern’ or a ‘mistake’.  Making a deliberate choice for the direction of a charity is a different ball game altogether, and in some respects, is even worse than direct “smoking gun” evidence.

Marc Kielburger says that Free the Children takes “no position” on abortion or contraception, but apparently he has no problem inviting decorated anti-life activists on to the Board of Directors of his organization.  To provide what advice, precisely? 

Perhaps he has fooled himself with a make-believe distinction in his head that sees no technical problem in seeking large sums of money from Catholic institutions, organizations, and school boards for his organization, while concurrently seeking official, formal direction from individuals who seek to destroy what the Catholic Church seeks to uphold; namely, the sanctity of human sexuality, human life, and the family.  Just how does that moral calculus work?

The problem here, of course, is really not with the Kielburgers.  It’s with us.  We’re the problemDevelopment & Peace, Free the Children, and every other unCatholic organization out there has seen easy pickings in the Catholic Church, ever since we decided to outsource “social justice” to groups who share 95% of our values but reject the 5% on which all the others hinge.

We don’t take control or protect Catholic identity any more, and then when the next scandal hits, we sit around a board room table wondering how this could have happened!

Today in the Canadian Church, we just send money to Bill Clinton’s friends who are obviously looking out for the best interest of the family and the Church’s teachings.  We learn to make excuses and compromise our convictions because we don’t want to do the heavy lifting.

I call it Catholic by proxy.

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Catholic Teachers’ Guild of Ottawa
Wednesday May 21 at 6:00 p.m. at Kristy’s Restaurant, 809 Richmond Road, Ottawa. Dinner followed by an address by Paul Donovan entitled The Catholic School in a Secular Society. Mr. Donovan is principal at Loyola High School in Montreal, and he has had a significant role in Loyola’s Supreme Court challenge regarding religious education and the role of the state. Tickets are $30.00 and can be obtained by registering at by Friday May 16. Spaces are limited.

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Claudette Jollebo

Development Professional/ Consultant

Programs Manager

Free The Children International

March 2009 – December 2011 (2 years 10 months)Narok South

Headed the organizations Health ,Water and Sanitation Departments.Managed School Health programmes and Community health education activities.Also managed the organizations health facility. Provided technical support to the health and medical team, monitored progress of projects and health cases presented at the health facility, developed strategies for integrating community-based health, water and sanitation and nutrition programmes, facilitated health trainings for community health workers, disseminated advocacy and behavior change communication materials to increase knowledge and create awareness on nutrition, water and sanitation, sexual and reproductive health rights and HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention.  Also• Lead implementation of WASH programming in 10 communities and schools in accordance with the SPHERE standards focusing on hygiene and sanitation behaviour change at the individual and community-level to ensure accessibility to clean water.


It’s a good thing that Marc Kielburger says that sexual and reproductive programs are not part of Free The Children’s mandate.

“Please allow us to be clear however, that our staff at the Baraka Health Clinic do not proactively provide contraceptives, as it is not part of our holistic model.” (Source)

It sure is a good thing that we believe him and the OCSB before we believe our own eyes.  It’s not like mountains of direct, contradicting evidence should sway us one little bit.  No siree.  We must insist on assuming the good intentions, even to the point of absurdity.

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On the same day Pope Francis called abortion “an abominable crime,” a Catholic school in Ontario raised over $1,100 for a secular organization that heavily promotes “family planning” to teens, advocates for abortion access, and promotes the abortifacient “morning-after pill.” (Source)

Free the Children, Save the Children, Empower the Children, Liberate the Children….

It’s all for the children, don’t you know!

Actually, what it’s for is for all us useful idiots out there who are very willing to be taken advantage of.  Why not?  Even when they’re outed, the lidless eye crowd gives us the same look they always do, “what’s the problem?”

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Modernism threatens the Church like no other heresy because modernism refuses to argue the Church’s doctrines openly and directly.  Instead, modernism attempts to sap the Church of its relevance.   Rather than attack the doctrines of God openly like previous heresies, modernism simply distracts the modern man by offering the allure of materialism. For example, instead of flatly denying the existence of God with philosophical arguments, moderns learn to embrace agnosticism by asserting that religion is not as important as other things in life like patriotism or “making a better world for our children.”  (Source)

When you just can’t put your finger on the foundation of movements like Free the Children, it all comes into focus when you remember what modernism really is.  Without Christ at the Center and focus of all our corporal acts of mercy, the social justice movements just become an exercise in philanthropy (which is fine in and of itself but that is NOT what the Catholic Church or its Mission is about)….and when you throw in family planning and promoting abortion…it becomes diabolical.

The devil is no dummy.  He knows how to mix water and wine.

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Gets thrown overboard by the Educational system.    It’s becoming a common theme these days….as well as the typical “neutral” and spineless Episcopal reaction.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that our current Catholic leadership across the board is really quite pathetic.  It’s so pathetic that it poses a real danger to the Faith itself.

I am more and more convinced that the rest of us really do need to move on from the Establishment and the fraudulent system they prop up as Catholic.  Have lots of children.  Teach them the Faith.  And let attrition do the rest.  I don’t think the Bishops and the Educational establishment quite get it.  They are creating two societies in the Church by not applying Catholic teaching to pastoral practice and “on the ground” witness.  That’s very dangerous, but it’s exactly what’s starting to happen.

We’re sick and tired of our children and the Faith being thrown under the bus, because of servile cowardice to big money, loud-mouth activists, and gay media shills.

It’s Getting Awful Crowded Under that Bus. Another Catholic School Apologizes for a Speaker Teaching Catholic Morality

It will be over my dead body before you hear Socon or Bust apologize for one iota of Catholic teaching.

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These days, everyone gets a blessing.  Carry on, Kathleen.  Good job.

“There’s no risk from our government in terms of the Catholic education system,” Wynne told The Catholic Register. “We’ve said all along we’re going to continue to support the education system as it exists and make it the best in the world. That’s what we’re doing.”

What’s not to support?  The GSAs are doing just fine and the subversion of the formerly Catholic system is well underway.  When it’s all said and done, the “Catholic” system will be no different from the public one AND as a bonus, the homosexualists will have won the name ‘Catholic’ too!  That’s just swell.  What’s not to like about that as a propaganda tool?

If anything, there is no way that Kathleen and the gang will want to give up the Catholic name.   Why should they?  It’s as much theirs now as it is the Bishops of this Province.  In fact, what Kathleen and the Rainbow Coalition have shown us all is how they can own our schools, our name, and our ass all at the same time and leave us standing there without any recourse.

Blessings apparently don’t mean the same thing as they used to.  Today, any politician who advocates for the most perverse sex program for our kids gets the blessing of Almighty God from the highest levels in the Church.

The blessings of the Church, once reserved for those seeking after God and trying to live a holy life, have gone the way of holy marriage:  just about anyone can get them these days.  There’s generally no discrimination whatsoever….and neither is there any meaning or value either.  It’s not too different from going to the Fair:  when I was a kid, it would be damn hard to win a prize.  Now with China in the mix, every kid gets a booby prize…just for showing up.

Everyone’s a winner, babe.

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There may be some people wondering if the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) is morally required to comply with the request from the bishops of Kenya asking Canadian Catholics to stop funding a contraception-distributing clinic in Kenya run by Free the Children. After all, some would argue that the OCSB falls under the jurisdiction of the Canadian bishops. Is the request from the Kenyan bishops morally binding on the OCSB?

Evidently, the answer is yes: the OCSB is morally obliged to comply, otherwise both the organization and the Board members risk compromising their communion with the Catholic Church. Let’s see how. Read the rest of this entry »

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As Squeaker pointed out yesterday, the Ottawa Catholic School Board is choosing to ignore the direct request of the Kenyan bishops who have asked Canadian Catholics to stop funding Kielburger’s contraception-dispensing clinic.

Presented with the letter on Friday, the OCSB again defended its partnership with the organization. Mardi de Kemp, OCSB’s manager of communications, told LifeSiteNews by e-mail, “Our position has not changed on our Board’s association with Free the Children.” (Source)

I’m not sure just how the Archbishop of Ottawa is going to take this bold declaration by Mardi de Kemp. Just who is this person and what kind of authority does she have to declare that it’s business as usual with Free the Children?

Is the OCSB now above the Episcopacy?  Do not the bishops of the Global South have any say whatsoever on what’s happening in their own backyard?  What kind of Catholicism subjugates and openly dismisses Episcopal authority?  Just who does the Ottawa Catholic School Board think it is to so readily dismiss the clear and unambiguous direction from the Kenyan bishops?

And if they have the effrontery to ignore the Kenyan bishops, what about the Canadian ones?  Will they ignore them too?  And if they ignore them and not the Canadian ones, we have to ask is why that is.

If the OCSB thinks this is just going to blow over, they have another thing coming.  They ain’t seen nothing yet.  The Kielburgers are on the way out.  The only question is the timing.  Sooner or later, the end is coming.  Remember what happened to D&P?  After the Catholic blogosphere and LSN were done with them, it was a whole new game in town.

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A spokeswoman for the Ottawa Catholic School Board says they are not changing their partnership with Free the Children, despite a vibrant plea from the bishops of Kenya asking Canadian Catholics to stop funding Free the Children’s “contraception-distributing” clinic in Kenya.

Presented with the letter on Friday, the OCSB again defended its partnership with the organization. Mardi de Kemp, OCSB’s manager of communications, told LifeSiteNews by e-mail, “Our position has not changed on our Board’s association with Free the Children.” (Source)

This is astonishing. They are choosing to ignore a direct request from the local bishops!

Call me naive, but I thought that the social justice work done in the schools was intended to help countries in the Global South. So when people on the ground, namely the Kenyan bishops, tell you to please stop because you’re inflicting evil on their families and their society, I would have expected a more compassionate and considered response.

I had read that the relationship between parents and the school board had improved recently. Being a realist, I wasn’t expecting the school board to immediately drop all ties with Free the Children. But it strikes me that the charitable thing to do would have been for the school board to say something like “we’re re-evaluating the situation in light of the new information.” But no. Mardi de Kemp says the board is not budging.


How Catholic can this board be if it doesn’t heed the passionate plea of bishops? These aren’t small time bloggers like me. They’re the successors of the Apostles. Perhaps a little refresher is in order to summarize what this all means:

“Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” (Luke 10:16)

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