Criticism of the CCHD and Guilt by Association

The The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), an agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), donated money to:
— $130k over three years. They support workers rights, and help low income workers in the heartland.

There’s nothing on their website on abortion or LGBT issues. But the group was involved in founding a different group, The Nebraska Civic Engagement Table (NCET). And that group is involved in many different activities, including supporting abortion and promoting pro-LGBT activities.

So the complaint by the Lepanto Institute and Church Militant. Both sites use the article title: “US Bishops Gave $130,000 to Homosexualist, Pro-Abortion Heartland Workers Center.”

That is not accurate at all. The Workers Center has no mention of abortion or LGBT issues on their website. The connection is that the leaders of that organization were involved in founding and running the other organization. It is guilt by association.

Under the teaching of the Church of remote material cooperation, it is moral to donate money to the Workers Center, despite the connection to another organizations, only some of whose activities are morally objectionable. This situation is similar to the complaints some Catholics brought against the Girl Scouts: Are Girl Scout Cookies delicious goodness or moral evil?

It is moral for the Bishops to donate money to the Workers Center, despite their unfortunate association with another organization, which does some things that are contrary to Catholic teaching. Guilt by association is not a Catholic teaching.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.

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