Given Caritas’ worldwide presence, international profile and that it acts in the name of the church, the Vatican “has the task of following its activity and exercising vigilance in order that both its humanitarian and charitable action and the content of the documents that it disseminates may be in harmony with the Apostolic See and with the church’s magisterium, and in order that it may be administered with competence and transparency,” the monsignor wrote. Read the rest of this entry »
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Paycheck in Development & Peace
Sure it is, Gino. It’s about perspective.
It’s all about downsizing and living within one’s means and getting back to the basic principles of the Mission of the Church which is not what D&P has been engaging in the last 40 years. Your funding will never be restored again. In fact, it’s downhill from here on in…as your donations continue to decline, as your membership ages and exits from this world. You’ve got no new blood, Gino.
Social justice (as has been defined these past 40 years) is finished, Gino. There’s no going back.
Paycheck in Development & Peace, Media Distortions
If any CBC reporter wants to talk to me about any potential puff piece on D&P, you can forget it.
Don’t bother calling or e-mailing me. You’ll get no response from me because we all know what kind of journalistic balance and quality the CBC puts out.
The day the CBC is cut off from public funding will be a day of great celebration in my house.
And I’m thrilled that Brian is writing for The Catholic Register.
Paycheck in Development & Peace, Eco-Frauds
Well, the Leviathan dies hard. Check out this puff piece by Michael Swan.
The article is hardly surprising, but the comments are notable.
I have no doubt that the average Catholic in the pew will give more to D&P this Lent, simply because the bishops told them to do so.
The Good News is that Catholics generally don’t give much money at Mass. I know. I’m an usher. I see what people put in the basket.
Let’s pray and hope that, in this case, Catholics stay tight with their money.
The reality for us who have been waging this campaign against Development & Peace is that there will not be a quick fix here. It will only come when these rebellious bishops are replaced with obedient ones.
Here’s an observation I’d like to share with my readers… Read the rest of this entry »
Paycheck in Abortion, Catholic Scandals, CCCB, Contraception, Development & Peace
So, it’s been over three years now since the Development & Peace scandal broke. If you missed it, you can catch my round-up here. I’d like to say that I’m satisfied with the progress made thus far, but the hard realityis that the progress we’ve made has been either incidental or minor.
Now it’s true that Development & Peace has suffered a huge setback with CIDA’s recent funding cut, and it’s true the Catholic blogosphere and LifeSite News might have had a small part to play in that. And it’s also true that we’ve had a grudging admission of the problem. I say “grudging” because, as Archbishop Richard Smith said, the problems are with a few groups. (A few groups? Over four dozen is a “few”, your Grace?). We’ve also had more bureaucracy setup by the CCCB to handle the those pesky “inquiries” which Catholics may have about Development & Peace’s perpetual pro-abort partners. Read the rest of this entry »
Because Development & Peace is a charity, they are required to report their financial information to the government by completing the T-3010 Charity return. You can read Development & Peace’s compensation summary here. The information is from their last filed return for their fiscal period ended August 31, 2010. (Their 2011 Charity Return for their fiscal period end Aug. 31, 2011 should be up on CRA’s website any time now, since it’s due 6 months after year end.)
I have reproduced the information below for some analysis:
When I first looked at the schedule on CRA’s website, I immediately noticed that the numbers did not appear to make sense. If one subtracts the part-time salaries and the top 10 paid D&P positions, the average salary for the remaining D&P employees is between $57,000 and $61,000.
Something just doesn’t look right here. The Schedule for 2009 yields similar results. How can the average salary of a D&P employee be this high, when D&P is reporting that the 6th-10th highest paid positions are in the $40,000-$80,000 range?
I’m not sure what to make of this. It’s a rather simple schedule to fill out (I’ve filled it out many times for the charities that I have served on). Number of employees and the compensation that you pay them. Pretty simple, right? (At the top of the form, it specifically says that the number of employees (and therefore the compensation reported) should represent the number of positions the charity had, including both managerial positions and others, and should not include independent contractors.)
The only way this would make sense is if those remaining 56 employees are also averaging $60,000 per year…which come to think of it…is really not that much of a stretch to believe for the Social Justice industry, is it?
Socio-political activists, after all, make a good coin.
Paycheck in Development & Peace
OTTAWA, March 27, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As LifeSiteNews reported, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has slashed by 65% its usual funding to the Canadian Catholic Bishops’ international aid organization, Development & Peace, for its 2011-2016 programs. It appears that the Canadian government has realized something that the Catholic bishops of Canada have not: that Development & Peace has some major problems which need an immediate and dramatic response.
The great irony, of course, is that instead of the Canadian bishops cleaning up the mess in their own backyard, the Canadian government has gone a long way in doing it for them. Caesar has decided that Development & Peace doesn’t meet the government’s standards for good stewardship of taxpayer funds. As government spokesman Justin Broekema said: “CIDA is responsible, particularly in times of fiscal restraint, for ensuring Canadian tax payers’ dollars deliver value for money and the strongest results in the lives of people in need.”
In July 2011, Socon or Bust published a comprehensive entry on how Development & Peace was doing in relation to other charities in Canada. The source of information for the entry was an article from the Summer edition of Money Sense.
The findings of the report were very sobering indeed for Development & Peace. In the category of Overall Charity Efficiency, Development & Peace received a grade of “C+”, the lowest of all 15 Canadian international charities, while also receiving a “C-” in Governance and Transparency, tying 3 other charities (including Amnesty International) for the lowest ranking.
Seizing on this report, LifeSiteNews readers and the Catholic blogosphere illuminated government officials as to the problems with Development & Peace. The Money Sense article (an independent and credible analysis of the international charity industry in Canada) likely had at least some influence on the cut to Development & Peace’s funding program, since the government’s stated “value for money” criteria was far from being met by the Canadian Catholic Church’s official aid and development agency.
In Embassy magazine’s follow-up article to the funding cut, there was speculation that the reduced funding might also have been related to Development & Peace’s direct involvement with the overtly political, ecumenical group, KAIROS, whose membership includes both Development & Peace (as a founding member no less) and the CCCB.
KAIROS’s funding was cut in 2009 by the Federal government because of their political advocacy against the State of Israel, as well as not meeting the conventional objectives for international aid, including providing water, health and education in developing nations. Instead, they consumed themselves, like Development & Peace did, with the latest “social justice” avante-guard causes like climate change, “eco-justice”, and the rest of the social Marxist fromage.
As with Development & Peace’s financial stewardship scandal which Money Sense exposed, Pro-Life Media, Catholic magazines and the Catholic Blogosphere reported on the close relationship between Development & Peace and KAIROS. This cozy connection between the Canadian Catholic Aid Agency and KAIROS caused some in the social justice industry to speculate openly about whether Development & Peace’s funding cut was in part responsible by their relationship with KAIROS:
Mr. Martin’s observation was not too far off the mark. Concerned citizens’ complaints were not only restricted to abortion, but also included objections to taxpayer money being used to fund neo-Marxist revolutionaries in the Global South by these church organizations. During its never-ending abortion drama, Development & Peace, with its sordid 40+ year history of adopting socialist sensibilities, was also caught funding neo-Marxist groups who also freely admit to being pro-abortion.
For over three years now, both Socon or Bust (my blog) and LifeSiteNews (a news service – not a blog) have discovered at least 53 groups whose aims and policies are in direct contradiction to the Catholic Church’s teaching on human life. Some groups’ aims are more heinous than others, but all of them should be disqualified from receiving any Catholic aid whatsoever.
Despite the voluminous and troubling evidence discovered thus far, most, but thankfully not all, of the Catholic bishops of this country have not sufficiently understood the systematic and deep-rooted problems with the orientation of Development & Peace. This was evidenced, for instance, by the bishops’ recent “solidarity” trip to Haiti where they were led around the island by George Soros’ pro-abort feminist shills. Do they even know who George Soros is? Remarkably, this “solidarity mission” was made after newly-elected CCCB president, Archbishop Richard Smith, asked Catholics to “trust the bishops” in October of last year.
The Church in Canada is coming to a crossroads of sorts concerning Development & Peace. This ongoing and perpetual failure to clean up Development & Peace points to something more than just Church politics and image. It points rather to a fundamental philosophical and theological error which many Canadian Bishops have adopted since the Winnipeg Statement. It’s called proportionalism.
Instead of recognizing the possibility of the intrinsic wickedness in an act, proportionalism seeks to downplay the inherent nature of an act to focus on the consequences instead. According to Blessed John Paul II, it is a teleologism which…
It was this fundamental guiding error the Canadian bishops used with the Winnipeg Statement in which they said “a Catholic could contracept in good conscience”. It’s the same principle today when they are effectively telling Catholics they can give to pro-abort groups “in good conscience”.
And yet, this is not what the Church teaches at all. In 1994, Blessed John Paul II founded the Pontifical Academy for Life to promote the dignity of human life in medical science. In its statutes, it clearly says that close collaboration with medical doctors and researchers is to be encouraged, but only insofar as these doctors believe what the Church believes on the sanctity of human life:
If this is true for one area of Church mission, it is true for all areas of Church mission. As we can only co-operate with non-Catholic and non-Christians who share the Church’s values on the sacredness of human life in bioethics, so too is that principle no less binding in the area of human development and aid in the case of Development & Peace.
This means, of course, that the cumbaya “solidarity” missions with pro-abort feminists, anti-Catholic bigots, Marxists with masks, and the rest of the Church’s enemies embedded should be over. And so should sentiments like those of Bishop Fred Henry who said:
No one would believe that the Catholic bishops of this country would hitch their wagon to organizations devoted to human trafficking, child pornography, or (heaven forbid!) climate change denial, despite all of the other social “good work” that they might do in the community. For some inexplicable reason, however, when the sin is about abortion or contraception, all of this other “good work” that the pro-abort pushers do somehow overrides their efforts to legalize abortion. Then, it becomes all about “walking with Jesus” or some other nonsense.
Bishop Mulhall is the only bishop in the Canadian Church who is completely clean and sober regarding Development & Peace. He has broken free from the social justice koolaid. Maybe he can share the program he used to get sober with his brother bishops.
Squeaker in Catholic Scandals, Development & Peace
Life has a uncanny knack to implement poetic justice. It must be Divine Providence at work.
The Development and Peace fiasco has been boiling for three years now. Think about it: the bishops had three long years to fix the problems. Plenty of time. But they didn’t. Now they have to manage a crisis because the government cut their funding.
So as the bishops express their disappointment and wring their hands about the lost money, they have only themselves to blame. Can’t say they weren’t warned. Read the rest of this entry »
Paycheck in Development & Peace
Brian Lilley exposes Development & Peace’s blather! Lilley really nails it at the 4:00 minute mark when he cites a Canadian bishop who told him:
That’s a bishop saying that! This is very hopeful. Keep fighting everyone. We’re winning!
Even if you don’t agree with the mountain of evidence showing that D&P is funding groups that oppose Church teaching – or if you simply don’t think it matters - there are still other major issues that would require any rational donor to think twice about donating. It just doesn’t pass the sniff test. Read the rest of this entry »