(CCCB – Ottawa) In its report on five Mexican Non-Governmental Organizations that had received project funding from Development and Peace, the Committee of Inquiry of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has come to the conclusion the allegations are unfounded “that financial assistance by Development and Peace aided projects related to the promotion of abortion.” At the same time as recognizing that the five Mexican organizations were imprudent in signing a United Nations report on the human rights situation in Mexico that included orientations not in accord with Catholic teaching, the Committee of Inquiry has encouraged the CCCB to continue to support Development and Peace, which it had founded more than 40 years ago.
The report was presented to the CCCB Permanent Council, which accepted it and its recommendations. Following this, a statement has been issued by CCCB President Archbishop V. James Weisgerber.
In light of the facts uncovered in its visit to Mexico, 15 to 18 April 2009, the Committee has issued seven recommendations to ensure this situation does not happen again. Its recommendations include:
- That Development and Peace be more vigilant in demanding information from possible partners and in ensuring more thorough consultations with the Bishops appointed to its National Council;
- That Development and Peace foster good relations between its partners and the Episcopal Conferences of the countries in which they are located;
- That Development and Peace staff be encouraged to develop a good and sound understanding of the social doctrine of the Church;
- That there be a frank and transparent dialogue between LifeSiteNews and the Bishops of Canada
The Committee of Inquiry comprised Most Reverend Martin W. Currie, Archbishop of St. John’s and Bishop of Grand Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Most Reverend François Lapierre, P.M.É., Bishop of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. Assisting them were Msgr. Mario Paquette, P.H., CCCB General Secretary, and Msgr. Carlos Quintana Puente, C.S.S., from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, where he is Executive Director of its Secretariat for the Church in Latin America. Three persons from Development and Peace saw to travel arrangements and other details of the visit to Mexico, where they also helped in organizing the visit and facilitating contacts. The staff from Development and Peace were Mr. Michael Casey, Executive Director; Mr. Paul Cliche, Deputy Director of the International Programs Department; and Mr. André Charlebois, Program Officer for Latin America.
Socon or Bust readers are encouraged to click on all of the hyperlinks in the above press release to get the entire picture.
I will be responding to the report in a more thorough fashion tomorrow. There are some encouraging recommendations in it and even concessions of imprudence and lack of communication, but the report is, on the whole, absolutely unacceptable and, for the most part, a whitewash and a refusal to deal with the facts and the implications of those facts. They got their facts wrong again. And they are refusing to interact with the incontrovertible evidence of their Mexican pro-abortion partners’ advocacy for abortion which
A) COMES RIGHT FROM THEIR PRO-ABORTION PARTNERS’ OWN WEBSITE
B) WAS LATER YANKED FROM THE WEBSITE WHEN THEY WERE BUSTED.
This report should not and will not be accepted by Catholics who are concerned with the plight of the unborn in the Global South.
In addition to the questions raised about the Mexico pro-abortion partners, there are many, many other questions that need to be answered like:
1) WHEN IS THE MONEY TO THE PRO-ABORTION GROUPS D&P IS FUNDING IN PERU GOING TO STOP AT THE REQUEST OF THE BISHOPS OF PERU? WHEN IS D&P AND THE CCCB GOING TO RESPECT THE JURISDICTIONAL BOUNDARIES OF THE BISHOPS OF PERU?
2) WHEN IS THE MONEY TO THE MARCH 8TH COLLECTIVE IN NICARAGUA GOING TO STOP?
It’s going to get much hotter in the coming weeks and months…and that won’t simply be because of the season either.
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