April 9, 2012

Federal government funding cuts to CCODP are a cause for rejoicing in the Catholic community. After all, the irony is that this is probably about the only time that any North American government has done anything at all, however indirect, about reducing or restricting abortion in the world, in a very long time.

All of the arguments by you, by Archbishop Richard Smith, by Bishop Fred Henry, about how all of the "good work" done by CCODP ought not to be overshadowed by its opponents' seemingly nit-picking about its faults, seems to be based on the sheer mathematical number of references in the Bible about concern for the material well-being of the poor.

While I acknowledge that there are many such references in the Bible, understanding the Bible is not based only on math.

When Jesus fed the masses with the fishes and the loaves, he preached to them first. In the desert, he reminds us that humanity does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

Evangelization is as important a priority to the mission of CCODP as is the spreading of material aid.

What is the point of asking Catholics to donate material aid to disadvantaged countries, when that aid is given by CCODP to local partners for use as an opportunity to preach lifestyles, practices and politics that will lead the people away from God?

Since when did material well-being start to trump spiritual well-being and closeness to God?

I pray that this crisis of funding provides an occasion for the CCCB to rethink its approach to foreign aid by cutting its ties with the pseudo-Catholics who have compromised the reputation of CCODP with their thinking that Marxist-Leninist ideology is an acceptable proxy for true Catholic social justice.

Dan Bilenki
Calgary