save for a rainy day - smallWritten by: Theresa Gilbert

Did you hear about the Catholic organization that is using money to support groups who support and promote abortion? No? I’m not really surprised. But I am concerned.

Development and Peace is the “official international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada”. You have likely found yourself sitting in your parish pew in recent weeks hearing about supporting D&P financially over this Lent.

What you probably did not hear while sitting in the pew is that for the past couple of years has shared important information about how D&P is using our funds to support pro-abortion groups in Latin America, Asia and Africa. And, as a result of a recent event the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) have decided to reinvestigate a D&P partner.

What is D&P, a Catholic organization, doing supporting groups that promote abortion? Abortion intentionally kills an innocent human being within their mother’s womb. Not only is the Catholic Church strictly against abortion (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2270-2275), but many people recognize the issue of protecting human life in the womb to be a human rights issue that transcends religion.

Fortunately, Archbishop Thomas Collins (Archdiocese of Toronto) and Bishop Michael Mulhall (Diocese of Pembroke) have taken this matter very seriously and has restricted funds to D&P. And, as referred to above, Archbishop Terrance Prendergast (Archdiocese of Ottawa) cancelled a speaking engagements earlier this month for Fr. Luis Arriaga which has resulted in the CCCB reinvestigation. Fr. Arriaga is the director of the Miguel Pro Centre for Human Rights (PRODH), a partner of D&P.

A statement from the archdiocesan website explains, “Since the Centre’s support of groups in favour of abortion rights in Mexico is incompatible with the Church’s defence of the right to life from conception to natural death and the mission of Development and Peace, and in order to remove any doubt about this commitment, the speaking engagements of Fr. Arriaga have been cancelled.”

Fr. Raymond D’Souza recently wrote an article for the Catholic Register and makes a good point: Given that a lot of D&P’s work deals with access to bottle-free water, would it make sense for them to partner with groups actively promoting bottled water? That would directly contradict the good work they are doing. In the same way, working to help people, yet supporting the killing of preborn children is also a direct contradiction and cannot be supported.

This Lent, and always, be careful where you give your money. And, consider giving directly to organizations and charities that you can verify are doing the work our Lord calls us to do and support.



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