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(RNS) Fundraising for the flagship anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic bishops, which has come under intense fire from conservatives and anti-abortion groups, is slowly recovering and even growing slightly after being battered by the recession and sharp attacks on its mission.


  1. Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    One of the best ways families break the circle of poverty is to send their children to Catholic schools. Yet many of those schools-especially in the large cities–where the need is greatest are closing one by one-mostly for financial reasons. 9.5 million dollars would save a lot of children.
    It seems almost criminal to use money for, in some cases, seemingly politicized grants, that could be better used for Catholic education in poverty stricken urban areas to really break the grip of ignorance and poverty.
    That is what saved Catholics from poverty in past waves of immigrants–not grants producing dubious results.

  2. We used to contribute to CCHD, but no longer.

    Part of our contributions go, as Deacon John B. noted, to put our great grandchildren through Catholic school. A good bit of the est stays here, in our parish, and goes to the Saint Vincent dePaul Society, the “quiet” charity that does so much good for needy folk in our own community.

    “Nebulous” programs are okay to support if you have unlimited funds, as seems to be expected of us by the USCCB. Unfortunately, CCHD does not have much to show for the use of donated funds, while Catholic Charities, on the other hand, provides substantial relief for areas hit by disaster. For example, after Katrina, the Mississippi coast could NOT have rebuilt homes as fast as we did without Catholic Charities, plus the contributions of money and people from many parishes, dioceses, and other church groups.

    Thanks, but, no thanks, CCHD. We’ll put our scarce resources where we see them work.

  3. I don’t trust the CCHD. Why should I? The CCHD is a magnet for professional secular social activists who do not share my values. I withhold from the annual collection and encourage others in my diocese to do the same.