The Reform CCHD Now Coalition (RCN) Uncovers Fraud and Deception By Network of Grantees Receiving Catholic Funds

WASHINGTON, DC – The 24 member Reform CCHD Now Coalition (RCN) released its latest report on organizations receiving funds from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).  The 2012 report reveals that one of the CCHD’s longest-running grant recipients, the Gamaliel Foundation, attempted to deceive the CCHD regarding its relationship with an organization promoting homosexuality.

Beginning in 2010, RCN has investigated organizations receiving funds from the CCHD, reporting on grantees that promote abortion, homosexuality, birth control and Marxism.  Documented with screen captures and web links, the latest report ( details 72 grantees for 2011-2012 violating CCHD guidelines and Catholic moral teaching, specifically on these grounds.

Among the grantees profiled in the report are 20 affiliates of the Gamaliel Foundation.  According to the report, the Gamaliel Foundation listed its membership with the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) on its own website.

“In 2010, FIRM publically stated its organizational intent to link homosexuality with immigration reform, and as a member, Gamaliel’s voice was added to this public statement” said Michael Hichborn, spokesman for RCN.  “We gave this information to CCHD directors, and they began their own investigation.”

“We received several communications from diocesan CCHD directors indicating that National CCHD had a copy of a letter Gamaliel allegedly sent to FIRM in May of 2010, cutting all ties with them,” Hichborn said.  “However, upon further investigation, RCN found proof that Gamaliel was still a member of FIRM in 2011 and 2012.”

Contained in the RCN 2012 report are screen captures taken from Gamaliel’s website of several FIRM membership documents dated 2011, as well as meeting minutes from a December 2011 FIRM conference call.  The meeting minutes show that Gamaliel’s president participated in the call, and indicate that Gamaliel was nominated for the steering committee for the year 2012.

“Either the letter Gamaliel provided to CCHD was outdated or it was fake,” said Hichborn.  “Whatever the case, the Gamaliel Foundation has revealed an apparent willingness to lie in order to keep Catholic funds.”

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  1. Patty says:

    Thank you for this article and all the updates on Reform CCHD.

    I think many in the pews are not aware about the problems/scandal in the CCHD and we who know the truth need to communicate it in whatever ways we can to them. Also, I think part of the problem is that people are afraid to write their Bishops and it is hard for them to believe that this happening.

    So I share this email letter I sent to my Archbishop with you so that others may be encouraged to write their Bishops, too:

    Dear Archbishop Gregory,

    Greetings in Christ. Your Excellency, it is with grave concern that I write again.

    There are still some major problems which goes against Church teachings in the Catholic Campaign for Human Development 2nd Collection in the Archdiocese of Atlanta which you can read from CCHD Reform Now:

    “Since 2009, we have been working to shine the light on the problem of Catholic funds going to organizations that promote abortion, birth control, homosexuality and even Marxism.”

    and read here:

    The Reform CCHD Now Coalition (RCN) Uncovers Fraud and Deception By Network of Grantees Receiving Catholic Funds

    Until all these problems are corrected, I cannot in good conscience give to the CCHD 2nd collection.
    I hope you agree and will suspend all collections to the CCHD until we can be assured that this is not happening.


  2. Kathleen Skarupinski says:

    Thank you Patty and all the researchers who are monitoring and getting this information out. I think your letter, Patty is a wonderful model from which to start. I will be writing my bishop as well. God Bless.

    • Patty says:

      You are welcome, Kathleen. Thank you for your words of kindness.

      Not all parishes collect on same date for the CCHD which I have found true from my own Archdiocese. Our parish is collecting on December 30, 2012 for CCHD. I plan to email my concerns about the CCHD to my pastor as well. I have already forwarded information on the CCHD Scandal to him and many including our Deacons. Thank you CCHD Reform Now for this website and all your hard word in exposing the truth about the CCHD scandal. May God give us all wisdom and grace in shining the truth on this very uncomfortable issue so that we can be rid of this scandal within the Church.

      Blessings and prayers,


  3. Kathleen Skarupinski says:

    Oh..I forgot to add that I feel as though I’ve been living in the Dark Ages…there are a lot of vaccinations that use some form of embryonic tissue from aborted babies AND the medical community has seemed to have neglected manufacturing alternative vaccines. That is something else I think we need to keep affront. I found this when I was looking to check out the vaccine for shingles. Something for us elders to really think about because is it really life and death? God help us..what have we come to be???

  4. Carol says:

    Yes, the Catholic Church has gone to the dark side. They no longer guide their flock in positive ways and instead are contributing to the evil slide in this country. St. Michael, defend us in this battle. This all goes back to George Soros. He has infiltrated the Catholic Church and the good Bishops have fallen prey to this devil.
    It is is so sad. The Catholic Church is no longer. They have partnered with the devil and the devil won.

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