Every November, including this one, American Catholics — who constitute approximately 25% of the U.S. population — are asked to contribute to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). The Catholic faithful have been told that their donations will go to fight poverty.
Little do most of them realize what their money will actually fund. CCHD is the brainchild of Saul Alinsky, the “father of community organizing.” Alinsky (1909-1972) had numerous connections in the Catholic community of his native Chicago, some of them nearly as radical as he was. He helped start CCHD in 1969.
Isn’t there something very wrong about taking up collections in Catholic churches to fund groups whose leading light regarded God as “the establishment,” hell as a kingdom worth winning, and Satan’s rebellion against God as an example to be emulated? Granted, some of the groups funded by the CCHD are doing good work, but far too many follow the Alinsky model. Moreover, many CCHD grantees promote abortion, same-sex “marriage,” militantly Marxist indoctrination, and other things that are not only offensive to Catholics, but also deeply destructive to families and society.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, under whose auspices CCHD operates, says that these problems have been addressed — but Catholic groups such as NoMoreCCHD.com have documented that problems remain, and may even have worsened. According to the American Life League (emphasis added):
[Alinskyite] organizations such as ACORN (which the CCHD defunded because of its involvement in embezzlement), the Industrial Areas Foundation [IAF], People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO) and Direct Action and Research Training (DART) – which collectively receive the vast majority of CCHD funds – do nothing to provide relief to the impoverished and are, in reality, merely political organizing groups designed to bring about political change.