Does the Catholic Campaign for Human Development Really
Help the Poor?
Do You Know How Your Catholic Campaign for
Human Development Donations Are Spent?
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)
Annual Report for its 2000-2001 spending period indicated that the
Archdiocese of Santa Fe was awarded $140,000 in national CCHD grants:
*SW Creations Collaborative
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|Over one third of the national CCHD grants awarded to
the Archdiocese of Santa Fe on 2000-2001 went to the Alinsky-style
community organizations of Albuquerque Interfaith and ACORN.
This is almost the same proportion of CHD grant money that is awarded
nationally to Alinsky-style community organizations. Alinsky-style
community organizations do not provide direct services to relieve
the suffering of the poor nor do they provide economic development grants
for the poor. Rather, they organize institutions B
particularly faith-based communities like churches B
to fight for political power.
Albuquerque Interfaith is an Alinsky-style community organization
WHAT IS ALBUQUERQUE INTERFAITH?
Albuquerque Interfaith is a local affiliate of the Industrial Areas
Foundation (IAF). The IAF has received approximately 15% of national CCHD
grants annually during the 1990s.
|WHO FOUNDED THE IAF?
"The IAF was founded in 1940 by the late Saul Alinsky, who
created ‘People's Organizations’ ... The modern IAF has taken
Alinsky's original vision, refined it and created a sophisticated national
network of citizens’ organizations."
-- "The First Fifty Years," IAF publication
|ETHICS FROM HELL
Saul Alinsky was an organizer. He wrote Rules for Radicals,
which opens with the following "dedication:"
"Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to
the very first radical; from all our legends, mythology, and history
(and who is to know where mythology leaves off and
history begins - or which is which), the first radical known to
man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively
that he at least won his own kingdom - Lucifer."
-- Saul Alinsky, dedication to Rules for Radicals
|Alinsky meant what he said. The "ethics" he
proposed to his community organizers was straight from hell:
"The third rule of the ethics of means and ends is that... the
end justifies almost any means."
Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals (Chap "Of Means and
|Little has changed in the IAF’s arsenal of
"All participants in the Industrial Areas Foundation national
training programs are given a reprint of a 1933 article by John H.
Randall, Jr. titled "The Importance of Being
Unprincipled"...The thesis is that because politics is nothing
but the "practical method of compromise," only two kinds of
people can afford the luxury of acting on principle...everyone else
who wants to be effective in politics has to learn to be
"unprincipled" enough to compromise in order to see their
-- Mary Beth Rogers, Cold Anger (p. 210, footnotes
for chapter 16, #4)
|WHY DOES ALBUQUERQUE INTERFAITH ORGANIZE THROUGH CHURCHES
AND OTHER FAITH COMMUNITIES?
"...one of the largest reservoirs of untapped power
is the institution of the parish and congregation. Religious institutions
form the center of the organization. They have the people, the values, and
-- Organizing for Family and Church (pg. 18), IAF Publication
|REAPING WHAT YOU SOW
What is Albuquerque Interfaith doing today to use these
"ethical" principles? For one thing, it attempts to give the
appearance of public support for educational reform that:
Does not produce superior academic achievement. [See federally
funded research cited at www.parentscoalition.org/documents/seven-reasons.htm]
Destroys traditional parental rights and responsibilities. The
parent is only one of many "stakeholders" in the education of
Creates government control over all facets of a citizen’s life by
"organizing communities around schools." Schools that are
struggling simply to teach academic skills are now asked to regulate job
placement, establish a student’s "career track," oversee
mental and physical healthcare, dental care and welfare.
Pushes its educational reform despite lack of parental involvement or
support of this reform. While claiming to represent thousands,
Albuquerque Interfaith actually has only a few, hand-picked supporters
from each congregation to back its educational "reform"
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