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NCR Pledges Nuance as 10 Catholic Bishops Dump CCHD

Posted on July 11 2010 4:00 pm
Lisa Graas has covered politics and religion at her blog since 2008. She has served as a crisis pregnancy counselor, youth speaker, mental health advocate and legislative consultant.
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In the face of growing concern regarding the activities of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), at least ten Catholic bishops have opted to drop out of the program according to the leftist National Catholic Reporter (NCR).

NCR reports:

Several of the bishops who have decided to suspend or drop the collection cited concerns about some grant recipients. Some recipients have had to return grants when church officials learned they were directly involved in some activity not in accord with Catholic moral and social teaching.

This is certainly one of most nuanced articles I’ve ever read in regard to the activities of record which are causing deep concern among the faithful, but that is what NCR promises readers.  Nuance.

How and why several bishops have decided in the past year to abandon the 40-year CCHD collection are undoubtedly major issues in the direction of the U.S. church today. NCR will try to provide nuanced answers that explore both issues of practicality and ideology in their decisions.

NCR now apparently stands for Nuanced Catholic Reporting if the report happens to be about CCHD. But that should come as no surprise.  Catholic Culture explains that NCR has a history of supporting liberation theology and dissent is a normal part of the publication’s daily activity.

Unfortunately, the Reporter’s version of honest and open exchange is to criticize the Church and many of its most central teachings.

Because of the ever changing nature of this site, specific examples may vary. However, every visit to this site confirms its commitment to dissent.

In other words, NCR’s dissent in regard to authentic Catholic teaching may not be painfully clear to the average reader, but it is always there.  That’s what they mean by “nuance”.

NCR may be nuanced about CCHD, but President Obama is not.  He has clearly stated the importance CCHD played in helping to launch his political career:

“I got my start as a community organizer working with mostly Catholic parishes on the Southside of Chicago that were struggling because the steel plants had closed. The Campaign for Human Development helped fund the project and so, very early on, my career was intertwined with the belief in social justice that is so strong in the Church.”  (Discover the Networks)

Yes, Obama got his “start” with CCHD, and NCR would prefer to be ‘hush hush’ about the serious issues involved.  They’re really hoping, you see, that Obama and Pope Benedict XVI can somehow still be “partners”.

It’s encouraging to know that at least ten bishops have decided to bow out of CCHD in their dioceses. Some have even said that it’s best to have funds distributed at a local level.  Good for them.  In times past, the Catholic Church has been one of the greatest opponents of socialism.   It’s nice to see that the old ways might just be making a comeback – despite the CCHD and NCR’s attempts to radically transform Catholicism.


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