So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Development & Peace agency still supporting culture of death?

Development & Peace initiatives appear in Canadian parishes from time to time. Many people of goodwill participate in D&P sponsored events. Those same people of goodwill probably do not realize that D&P has a history of supporting problematic projects and groups.

EXCLUSIVE: Canadian bishops’ aid agency still funding pro-abortion groups, denies wrongdoing
MONTREAL, March 28, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The Canadian Catholic bishops’ international aid organization, Development and Peace (D&P), has been funding at least seven organizations that actively promote the depenalization of abortion in Latin America. Many of the groups are also heavily involved in anti-family activities that clearly violate Catholic teaching, such as promoting gender ideology, marching in “gay pride” parades, advocating for the legalization of same-sex "marriage," and supporting LGBT film festivals.
As D&P prepares for its annual nationwide collection this Sunday, the organization is denying any wrongdoing. But a representative of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement to LifeSiteNews (LSN) saying that the bishops “appreciate” the information, and encouraging LSN to “engage D&P in an in-depth conversation, making use of this information to bring about improvement if necessary.”
The seven organizations are present in five countries: two in Brazil, one in Colombia, one in Honduras, one in Haiti, and two in Paraguay.
The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace has been repeatedly exposed by LifeSite and other news sources as a financial supporter of groups that endorse and promote pro-abortion and anti-family policies.
As a result of the revelations, the Catholic bishops of Canada created a standing committee in 2010 to ensure that D&P would cease to fund partners involved in pro-abortion and anti-family activity. At the same time, however, D&P ceased to publicly list most of the groups it supports, making their claim impossible to verify. D&P even went to court to prevent the list from being published.
However, seven out of the ten groups LifeSite was able to identify as D&P aid recipients for this story were involved in anti-life, and often anti-family, activism, raising questions about the remaining recipients that are still being concealed from the public.
It appears that, once again, despite admonitions from hierarchs and media exposure of un-Catholic activities, Development & Peace is engaging in the support of unholy actives. Therefore, since it cannot be trusted to abide by the Holy Gospel, D&P should not be supported by Catholics. Until such a time that D&P guarantees that all of its activities conform perfectly to the teaching of the Church, Catholics should redirect their support to faithful aid, development and educational groups.

Instead of D&P, support CHALICE:

For the past 20 years, Chalice has been enriching lives while restoring hope and dignity to people in developing countries through our Child Sponsorship Program. Located in Nova Scotia, Chalice commits over 90 percent of its spending in support of programs. In 2015, $22.3 million was spent directly on programs providing nutrition and education to nearly 50,000 children and elderly in 15 developing countries.
Our Mission: To bring Christ to the poor and the poor to Christ. Inspired by Christ's love and compassion, Chalice works with local groups to create, support and increase access to education, health, and family livelihood.
Our programs include Child and Family Sponsorship, Human Development Programs, Capital Projects, and Urgency Funding. These programs enable local organizations in 15 developing countries to facilitate sustainable solutions within their communities in Chalice's five impact areas: Education, Nutrition, Health and Hygiene, Family Development, and Community Development.
Chalice has been recognized by MoneySense Magazine as one of the best run Canadian Charities for the past 6 years. Designed to help donors get a better idea for how efficiently charities use their money, the MoneySense rating system provides Canadians with valuable information to make smart giving decisions.

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