WASHINGTON, DC – The Reform CCHD Now (RCN) coalition, a unified group of 24 concerned Catholic organizations, is demanding that three Philadelphia community organizing groups return the grant money they received from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) by lying on their grant applications. According to the report available online, the three organizations violated CCHD grant guidelines by supporting abortion, birth control and homosexuality. Profiles of the three organizations indicate the following:
- Childspace Management Group – signed a public letter denouncing cuts to birth control programs.
- JUNTOS – produced an immigrant reference guide providing information on where to obtain contraceptive services, including local Planned Parenthood offices.
- Women’s Community Revitalization Project – is intimately connected to a pro-abortion organization and its executive director is a homosexuality activist.
“After examining the activities of these organizations, it is clear that in order to receive a CCHD grant, they must have falsified their application which requires they not promote any activities prohibited by Catholic moral teachings,” said Michael Hichborn, spokesman for RCN. “The Church is not in the business of funding her enemies. These groups must return their grant money obtained under false pretenses.”
RCN’s report also profiles the Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania (TWAPA), but RCN is not calling for them to return the grant money at this time.
“We received a call from TWAPA’s Executive Director over the summer,” said Hichborn. “After a lengthy conversation, it appears that their name may have been used without their knowledge and they are working to disaffiliate from the AFL-CIO, which supports abortion and same-sex marriage. Therefore we will not call for them to return Catholic funding at this time.”
RCN’s report indicates that the three organizations collectively received $100,000 in grants last year.