The USCCB proclaims its confidence in the CRS but gives the faithful absolutely no reason to share that confidence.
Since the beginning of this month, the Lepanto Institute has been releasing a series of damaging reports about Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official overseas charity of the US bishops’ conference. The reports show fairly conclusively that CRS supports a web site that promotes contraception, and partners with organizations that provide abortion referrals in Africa. In fact it seems clear that CRS has actively recruited the participation of such organizations into a network designed to aid needy women in Nigeria.
Maybe there is some justification for these unsavory partnerships. If so, CRS — and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) — should provide it. Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, made the point simply and clearly:
This report by the Lepanto Institute must be proven to be false. If what Lepanto says is accurate then we should call for a thorough investigation of CRS.
That’s reasonable, isn’t it? If the Lepanto reports are wrong, prove them wrong. If they are right — in fact even if they are only partially right — then a full investigation of CRS is warranted, to ensure the faithful that the agency is not using the funds donated by pious Catholics to promote immoral causes.
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At least one bishop has called for a full investigation of CRS. No Catholic, in good conscience, can donate money to an organization that supports these intrinsic evils. Donate instead to one of these safe charities.
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