LifeSiteNews contacted Development and Peace by e-mail and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops by phone and e-mail on February 25 to ask about D&P’s partnership with Women for Change. By the morning of February 28 LifeSiteNews had received no response, but Development and Peace’s website no longer listed Women for Change. (Find a screenshot of Women for Change listed on D&P’s website last week here.)
Seeking an explanation, LifeSiteNews phoned Rene Laprise, the CCCB’s communications director, and Bishop John Boissonneau, chairman of the CCCB’s Standing Committee on Development and Peace, and both directed questions to Development & Peace.
D&P Communications Officer Kelly DiDomenico told LifeSiteNews by phone Friday morning that she had not received the February 25 e-mail and asked that it be sent again. In the afternoon, she wrote by e-mail: “I’ve forwarded the message to the appropriate instances.” LifeSiteNews had received no reply by press time on Tuesday and was unable to reach DiDomenico. (Source)
If a name like “Women for Change” doesn’t ring any bells with you, you should not be in charge of giving away Catholic money in 2014. Sorry to be so blunt, but you really belong with Aunt Mae, knitting something, and by saying that I don’t mean any disrespect to Aunt Mae.
Squeaker made some observations about LifeSite’s report here.
Nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, has changed with the modus operandi of Development and Peace.
1. They are still funding pro-abort groups and not just Women for Change.
2. They are not listing all of their pro-abort groups on the website.
3. They are still scrubbing their website when they get caught partnering with abortion-pushers.
4. The Canadian bishops are still promoting Development & Peace, and side-stepping their moral responsibility to clean up the social justice charade.
5. Canadian Catholic donations are still going to fund the promotion of the slaughter of unborn children.
6. And lastly, Socon or Bust still is asking faithful Catholics to put a BIG ZERO on the Development & Peace envelope and put some some pro-life literature in it.
It grieves me to report that despite improvements made in recent years, Development and Peace is still not trustworthy yet. As a result Socon or Bust recommends that the boycott of D&P continue during this upcoming Lent. Consider instead making your donations to Chalice, a faithful and well-managed charity.
The D&P website shows very, very, very few partners, so you really don’t know where your money is going. Despite this, there remain anti-Catholic, anti-life partners on their website.
Worse, officials I spoke with recently insisted that these partners were clean, despite the incontrovertible evidence Socon or Bust had uncovered against them some time ago. This suggests that some people are either still in denial or just too naive. Either way, the cleanup at D&P still has a loooooong way to go.
Don’t be played for a fool. Put your donations in a safer place.
November 12, 2013 – In response to the devastation in Philippines by typhoon Haiyan, (Yolanda), Chalice is collecting funds to assist with humanitarian efforts. A shortage of food, medicine and shelter is impacting families in the city of Tacloban and surrounding areas of Central Philippines, both immediate and ongoing support will be needed. Chalice’s focus is on the recovery and reconstruction of the affected communities.
Chalice would like to reassure sponsors that our Sponsor Site in Samar was not affected by the storm. This Site received heavy rain but there was no loss of life or damage to property and all our children are well.
Although our sponsored children are safe from harm, this disaster affects the country as a whole and Chalice will continue to work with trusted partners to deliver assistance where needed.
“For over 15 years Chalice has worked with our partners in the Philippines to alleviate the suffering of those in extreme poverty,” states Fr. Pat, President of Chalice. “Right now, even as we speak, Chalice is mobilizing and directing all our efforts to rebuilding homes and supporting families devastated by this tragedy.”
The Canadian government is matching donations by individual Canadians for the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund. All donations given to Chalice in support of our Philippines Disaster Relief Fund between November 9 and December 9 2013 will be submitted for matching by the government.
For the last four years Chalice has been recognized as the top International Aid and Development charity in Canada by MoneySense Magazine.
Once again, Chalice has score most excellently in the MoneySense annual ranking of international development charities. They received an overall score of A+, the only international development charity with such a high grade. That makes them tops in Canada!
They scored A+ on efficiency, the most important category in the evaluation, with more than 92% of donations going directly to programs and less than 8% used for administration costs. That’s awesome stewardship.
They scored A on fundraising efficiency, as it only cost them $3.90 to raise $100 of donations.
They scored A+ on governance, meaning that they have excellent procedures in place to monitor the use of money, they are transparent about what they do and they make sure their programs are effective. Moreover, the highest paid person in the whole organization earned just over $64,000, hardly a fortune.
Finally, they scored A+ on the “reserves” grade, because they have just the right amount of reserves set aside. Other charities were penalized for having either too little funds to weather any lull in donations, or too large of a stash sitting unproductively in a bank account.
More importantly for Christians, Chalice’s programs are entirely in keeping with the moral and social teachings of the Church. They remain Socon or Bust‘s preferred charity for international development. Thank God for Chalice!
So how did Development and Peace score? They didn’t make the list. Keep in mind that MoneySense doesn’t publish the ranking of every charity in the country. It only publishes the top 100, which are grouped into eight broad categories. D&P falls into the International Aid and Development category, within which MoneySense published rankings for 14 organizations. D&P is not part of the list. I guess it was a bad year.
In 2012, you may recall, D&P trumpeted with much fanfare that they had achieved an overall score of A- in the MoneySense ranking, up from their previous score of B. However, in the ever important category of Overall Charity Efficiency, they had scored just a “C+” back in 2012. That was the worst score among the charities published in International Aid and Development category. So if MoneySense found that D&P was doing a lousy job of stewardship, how did they get an overall score of A-? Part of it is attributable to a laughable score of A in transparency. Anybody who has followed the D&P scandal over the last 4½ years knows that D&P is anything but transparent. I surmise that in 2013, MoneySense took a closer look at D&P transparency’s practices and gave them a much lower score, resulting in D&P dropping from the published list. That’s my gut feeling.
More importantly than all these considerations, we still don’t have any assurances that D&P is operating in accordance with Church teaching in its overseas programs. Less than a year ago, Socon or Bust was still discovering partners of D&P engaging in anti-life programming. I still don’t trust them. They haven’t earned back our trust. And they never will if their management of funds continues to be so opaque that you feel that your donations are being sucked into a giant black hole.
So in the meantime, let’s rejoice in the continued outstanding performance of Chalice. Let’s give thanks to God that we have such dedicated people doing authentic social justice work while running a thrifty and transparent operation. Bravo!
What I predicted is coming to fruition. The Left are getting their social justice Pope, but not in the way they expected.
While both men share the same Faith, they have different priorities and they emphasize different things. So God uses them to speak to both sides of the political spectrum to communicate a message of return and to remind us all that the Catholic Faith cannot be put into a political box that cannot possibly hold it. It is a message neither the Right nor the Left particularly want to hear: the Church is not about awarding a political faction power over the other. It’s about holding fast to the Faith once delivered to the saints.
If some parts of the Faith don’t challenge us and shake us out of complacency, then either we’re mega Liars or we’re Saints. Accepting a Pope that isn’t our favourite flavour will make us all grow in sanctity, unity, and truth. And guess what? Not all of the Pope’s pastoral decisions are necessarily going to be good ones. So what? Suck it up and take one for the team because where he might fail in one area, he’ll score hansomely in another place – a place which God thinks is particularly important to heal right now.
Pope Francis is the answer to the socialist cabal that run the joint in the West today. They will not be able to dismiss this Pope lightly (as they might have with Benedict) because Francis has walked the talk of championing the rights of the poor. But while he “speaks their language”, he doesn’t march to their beat. His view of social justice is radically different from theirs, and I think he will show them up for the hypocrites they are. (Source)
Pope Francis is turning out to be the Left’s nightmare. They can’t write him off or ignore him without showing themselves up to be politicians.
The Pope “always saw the people who live in the slums from a different point of view” from promoters of liberation theology, said Father Pedro Brunori. “His interest wasn’t in resolving structural problems with the economy, but helping these people address the concrete problems of their lives. It was a pastoral perspective.”
“One can certainly understand the great injustices that gave rise to liberation theology, but sometimes it was missing the dimension of personal charity, of concern for the concrete person in front of you,” Father Bruroni told journalist John Allen. “That’s the sense in which I think the Pope tried to orient the pastoral work in the slums of Buenos Aires. His idea was the every single one of those people ought to interest the Church, equally. He actually walked in these places.”
“He spoke about the importance of the laity a great deal, though without confusing laity with priests,” Father Brunori added. “He didn’t want to ‘clericalize’ the laity. His primary interest wasn’t in having more lay ministers of communion, or things like that. He wanted everyone in their proper place, doing the things that pertained to their area.”
After discussing the Pope’s simple and direct leadership style and willingness to delegate, the priest also spoke of the Pope’s willingness to hear confessions.
“More than once, someone would call him up and say, ‘I’m sick, I need a priest to say Mass for me,’” Father Brunori recounted. “He’d tell them not to worry, I’ll take care of it, and he’d go to say the Mass himself. Sometimes he’d bring another priest, while he heard confessions. For him, confession is about the mercy of God. There are a lot of parishes in Buenos Aires, and they sometimes don’t have enough priests to hear confessions. Quite often, he would go and do it himself, while a priest celebrated the Mass. He would also go to hear confessions in the slums.”
In recent days, Allen has also interviewed others who know the Pope, including the archdiocesan spokesman, the Pope’s sister, and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee.
“I was raised in a kind of Catholicism that was very spiritual on one side, praying and going to Mass and the sacraments, but on the other side it was also very socially minded, interested in helping the poor and meeting the concrete needs of the people,” says Nobel nominee Juan Carr. “Here in Argentina, for this generation, Bergoglio has been the one who brought these two dimensions of the faith together – the spiritual and the social.”
The correct version of “social justice” is what we need to aim for; that is, an emphasized focus on personal charity and not on ”structural problems” and “group love” i.e. socialism. The latter focus has been the one that Development & Peace has been obsessed with for the past 45 years.
Besides the social justice misapplication these past 45 years, there has been a massive imbalance between the spiritual and the social. Not too much spiritual and way too much wrong-kind-of social.
We need the right social justice and the right balance of it with the spiritual. Then, we’re in business but not before.
Development & Peace, the Canadian Bishops’ Social Justice organization, has lost a lot of support from all quarters over the past several months - in the pews, among their own members, from their Leftist allies in politics and media, and even from the Government. The only place that their support has stayed largely in tact has been with the Bishops of Canada who have stubbornly refused to make any meaningful reforms. Read the rest of this entry »
And that stuff about helping the poor. He means, you know, actually rolling up your sleeves and helping the poor, rather than signing a self-righteous e-petition against some government adjustment to the benefits system. (Source)
And there, my friends, is the difference between the real deal of Pope Francis and the counterfeit that the Canadian Church supports.
What does that mean in practise? Canadian Catholics would hear in those words a particular urgency, as the annual collection for their overseas development agency — Development and Peace — is being taken up in these days. The desire of Francis for a Church that does not abandon the proclamation of Jesus Christ to become only a charitable agency would challenge the standard operating procedure at Development and Peace for decades, where the Christian faith has been downplayed in favour of generic good works. (Source)
Well, Father. Here’s the thing. LifeSite News, this blog, and a smattering of other blogs have covered this story from the get-go. We’ve striven to bring this scandal to the public’s attention and, for the most part, we’ve been left dangling by the bishops and their bureaucratic CCCB Borg. (Note to the Borg: the clean-up of the bureaucratization of the Church does not just need to happen in Rome). There’s not one single bishop in this country who has come to our defense in public – not one, even though LSN and ‘Bust been slandered and lied about by D&P and by the Quebec press. Not a single peep. All we’ve seen is the circling of the wagons and official support for Development & Peace. Whoops…that’s not entirely correct. My apologies. LSN has been banned twice by the CCCB’s otherwise useless Plenary – more evidence of the dialogue envisioned by Vatican II, no doubt. Read the rest of this entry »
Jesuit Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa told Canadians last week that while the new pope is all about ‘social justice’, it may not be the flavor of social justice that people associate with Latin America.
Prendergast said that former Cardinal Bergoglio, as the Argentinean Provincial at that time, took a “very strong stance that the Jesuits should stay out of political issues and certainly not take up the liberationist theology.” (Source)
Well, done, your Grace. Now it’s time to turn around and take a good, long look at Development & Peace. It’s not enough to simply extol the Pope. As Jesus says, “Go and do the same.” D&P has lots of problems….not just its pro-abortion-pushing partners.
Right from the Authentic Social Justice Playbook. Without Jesus, you might as well be Melinda Gates. The Social Justice crowd would be well advised to take the blinkers off and stop drinking too much champagne. The cold, hard reality is that Pope Francis is a reformer of social justice, not its lackey.
The path of the Church always entails difficulties, the Pope said, and Church leaders should be prepared to embrace them. He explained that “when we walk without the Cross, when we build without the Cross, when we profess a Christ without the Cross… we aren’t disciples of the Lord.”The Pontiff warned the cardinals that in this case: “We are worldly. We are bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, but not disciples of the Lord.”
“Pope Francis is a man of great spirituality who is known for his commitment to doctrinal orthodoxy as well as for his simplicity of life,” Rev. Sirico said. “Like Benedict XVI, he combines concern for the poor with an insistence that it’s not the Church’s responsibility to be a political actor or to prescribe precise solutions to economic problems. In that regard, he’s a model for all Catholic bishops and clergy throughout the world.” (Source)
He is a Latin American Jesuit with a huge heart for Social Justice, and yet distanced himself early on from currents of “Liberation Theology,” which would have us practice the Gospel seen through a Marxist prism. Such a stance may have made him unpopular in his seminary days. It takes humility to buck trends and stick to the truth. It takes humility to recognize your own weakness and ask for prayers. It takes humility to live humbly as a prince of the Church. (Source)
In a letter to the monasteries of Buenos Aires, he wrote: “Let’s not be naive, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.” He has also insisted that adoption by homosexuals is a form of discrimination against children. This position received a rebuke from Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who said the church’s tone was reminiscent of “medieval times and the Inquisition”. (Source)
He consistently preaches a message of compassion towards the poor, but some observers would like him to place a greater emphasis on issues of social justice. Rather than articulating positions on matters of political economy, Bergoglio prefers to emphasize spirituality and holiness, believing that this will naturally lead to greater concern for the suffering of the poor. He has, however, voiced support for social programs, and publicly challenged free-market policies. (Source)
This election is significant for two reasons.
1) We have a “social justice” Pope which will bring respectability back to the phrase – firstly, in bringing respect for life and true marriage back into the “social justice” equation and secondly, putting another nail in “Liberation Theology”. While there might be some premature excitement among the social justice crowd, this Pope is going to really, really be a disappointment to them – at least on the political front.
2) He’s a Jesuit. Maybe there’s going to be a real reform of that once formerly great Society.
I still can’t get over this: “Francis, rebuild my Church.”
I just checked my box of envelopes and it turns out that the collection for Development and Peace is taking place this weekend at St. Patrick’s Basilica.
Don’t be played for a fool. Find out when your parish is doing the D&P collection. If you’re not sure, withhold donations until the end of Lent, at which point you can make a large donation to compensate for the weeks you missed.
PEMBROKE, Ontario, March 7, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Canadian bishop is committed to withholding all funding from the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace as the organization remains enmeshed in an abortion funding scandal.
For the third year in a row, Bishop Michael Mulhall of Pembroke has urged that the faithful to contribute to other worthy Catholic apostolates in the developing world that have been vetted by the diocese instead.
News of the bishop’s decision comes as LifeSiteNews.com has launched a new project urging prayerful support of the effort of Canada’s Bishops to reform Development and Peace. The Charity in Truth Project, based at CharityinTruth.ca, is raising awareness about the ongoing D&P scandal with a video, petition, and other resources.
In a February 20, 2013, letter to the faithful, Bishop Mulhall wrote, “We will continue with the practice of sharing the collection with religious communities and apostolates that have a connection with the diocese to be used in their efforts with the poor.”… (Source)
Mulhall is the only bishop in Canada who’s got the guts to do as he ought. The only one.