June 24, 2013

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the U.S. bishops’ domestic anti-poverty arm, should “resist efforts that isolate Catholic-funded organizations from effective coalitions that are improving the lives of low-income citizens,” according to a new report examining threats to CCHD’s funding.

The report also assailed what were called, in the words of the head of one CCHD-funded group that had its grant pulled, the “witch hunt” tactics by CCHD’s opponents.

The report was published June 11 by Faith in Public Life.

The report is titled Be Not Afraid?: Guilt by Association, Catholic McCarthyism and Growing Threats to the U.S. Bishops’ Anti-Poverty Mission.

It accuses such groups as the American Life League and the Reform CCHD Now Coalition of “creating a culture of fear around community organizing.”

The report offered several case studies of groups that had their CCHD funding pulled after the grant had already been awarded, often for having a coalition partner that adopted a political position contrary to Catholic teaching but which is not germane to the funded organization’s work.