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||$35,000|
|Mujeres en Acción||$10,000|
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 Ends”
Little has changed in the IAF’s arsenal of “ethics.”
“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 principles succeed.”
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 the money.”
— Organizing for Family and Church (pg. 18), IAF Publicatio
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 his child.
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” movement.
GIVE GENEROUSLY TO THE POOR…
…NOT TO ALINSKY-STYLE COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS