Introduction to 2011-2012 CCHD Grants Report
Review and Renewal Audit: ALL’s study of 2011–2012 CCHD grants found that 46 of the 195 Catholic dioceses in the United States had grantees in violation of the CCHD’s Review and Renewal guidelines:
- 27 of the 192 grantees currently funded by CCHD are directly involved in activities contrary to Church teaching. In addition, 45 are actively involved in coalitions promoting such activities.
- The total number of grantees in violation of CCHD grant guidelines is 72, or 37 percent.
- Two additional grantees are included in the report due to the actions of their leaders, bringing the total number of grantees profiled to 74.
- The total amount granted to offending groups is $2,889,500, which is an increase of $1,026,500 from the amount granted to offending groups in 2010–2011.
- Thus, 38 percent of the $7,658,500 granted by CCHD in 2011–2012 went to grantees in violation of CCHD guidelines.
Independent Moral Analysis: Furthermore, an independent review of grantees discussed in ALL’s report by noted Catholic theologian, Dr. William Marshner of Christendom College, found:
- 20 CCHD grantees are guilty of formal cooperation with evil
- 17 grantees are in proximate danger of formal cooperation
- Remainder of profiled grantees are guilty of unwise material cooperation
In 2009, American Life League joined with several other concerned organizations to form the Reform CCHD Now Coalition. In March of 2010, the coalition sent a report on CCHD to each bishop, showing that, in 2009–2010, 51 out of 237 groups receiving CCHD funding either directly or through coalition membership promoted abortion, birth control, homosexuality, and/or Marxism. Thus, 21 percent of the groups funded by CCHD were involved in such work.
As a result of this activity, CCHD conducted an internal effort (known as the Review and Renewal) to revamp its grant process and ensure that all grantees adhered to strict guidelines. The results were published in a CCHD Review and Renewal Document.
In January 2011, CCHD published its list of 2010–2011 grantees. A review of that list found that, of the 218 organizations funded by CCHD, 14 were directly involved in activities contrary to Church teaching and 40 are actively involved in coalitions with such activities. Thus, 54 groups (24 percent) funded by CCHD were involved in anti-Catholic work—an increase of three groups from 2009-2010.
In March 2012, CCHD published its list of 2011–2012 CCHD grantees. American Life League researched this list. The research included intensive fact gathering from primary sources such as grantee publications and documents, and direct and anonymous inquiries with grantees. In July 2012, individual reports were sent and inquiries made to every diocese with a grantee found to be in violation of grant guidelines. Some dioceses provided responses to ALL’s findings and/or took action against offending grantees. A larger number were unresponsive. Diocesan comments or excerpts of communication relevant to individual grantees are included in the final report.
The full findings were not to be made public prior to review with bishops and National CCHD staff. Unfortunately, the executive director of National CCHD canceled the scheduled meeting with the explanation that, “We see no reason to meet at this time.” We sent the full report to every diocesan bishop and are now making the report available to the public.