Friday, February 12, 2010

Stand for LIFE and PURITY in PDX on Valentine's Day / 40 Days for Life in LENT

Dear Advocates for Life, Join Bill Diss and Precious Children of Portland to stand up against the genocide in PDX. The "grand opening" of the new facility Planned Parenthood Clinic on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. is on Valentine's Day. There will be a "Blessing" of sorts by an ex-priest, now Baptist minister and "Chaplain" for PP is Vincent Lachina. From Bill Diss.... Cecile Richards the president of Planned Parenthood of America is coming to town to the grand opening of the 45,000 sq. ft. prenatal killing center on Sunday afternoon. Precious Children of Portland and other groups will be at NE Beech St. and MLK Jr in Portland Oregon from 12:30 to 5:00pm. Folks can come at anytime to pray, sing and hold signs and pick up information. Directions: I-5, Exit 303, East on Alberta, South on MLK Jr. Blvd. Planned Parenthood is having their grand opening from 2:00 to 4:00 and we would love as many people as possible to stand for LIFE and PURITY. People can look at for more information. 40 Days Campaign for Life - February 17 to March 28, 2010 Now in BEND: For times, Contact: Gari Lynn Tocher - PORTLAND: Monday - Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Planned Parenthood at Beech & Martin Luther King Blvd., Portland. Contact: Bill Diss - BEAVERTON: Fridays from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Planned Parenthood - Beaverton, 12220 SW 1st St., Beaverton. Contact: Marie Barzen - (503) 524-5326; or FOREST GROVE: Monday - Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Dr. Bours office, 3303 19th Ave., Forest Grove. Contact: Georgia Perry - (503) 640-8893; SALEM: Monday - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Planned Parenthood, 3825 Wolverine St., Salem. Contact: Cheri - (503) 503-378-7061;, 503-569-4794 if no answer above.EUGENE: Thursdays and Fridays, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Bours Health Center, 539 E. 11th Avenue, Eugene. Contact: Lynda (541) 844-9399; VANCOUVER: Monday - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 4A :00 p.m., Planned Parenthood, 5500 NE 109th Court, Vancouver. Contact: Jerry Ross (360) 732-2376; More info. Salem - 40 Days for Life Spring Campaign - Salem 3825 Wolverine St. NE near Lancaster Wed. come pray with parishioners of St. Edwards Church Fridays come pray with parishioners of St. Joseph Church VIGIL HOURS - 8 am to 8 pm Mon. to Sat. - Feb. 17 to March 28, 2010 contact info - call cheri 503-378-7061 or go to Beaverton & Forest Grove - 40 days for life Spring Campaign will kick off with a Candle light Rosary Vigil DATE & TIME: 5 pm, on Ash Wednesday, February 17th LOCATION: Beaverton Planned Parenthood located at 1st & Betts. VIGIL DETAILS: Fr. Eric Andersen of St Cecilia Catholic Church will offer prayers along with Cantor Heather Renshaw leading the vigil in song. The vigil will include a pro-life rosary, chaplet of divine mercy and blessings for the success of the Beaverton and campaign. An Ash Wednesday Mass will be offered at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Beaverton at 6 pm. VIGIL HOURS - 40 DAYS: The Prayerful Vigil during the Spring 40 Days for Life campaign in Beaverton will be Every Friday from 7 am to 7 pm - February 19th through March 26th. LEARN MORE: or for details about the Campaign in Beaverton or Forest Grove 503-524-5326. ________________________________________________ "When the time comes, as it surely will, when we face that awesome moment, the final judgment, I've often thought, as Fulton Sheen wrote, that it is a terrible moment of loneliness. You have no advocates, you are there alone standing before God -- and a terror will rip your soul like nothing you can imagine. But I really think that those in the pro-life movement will not be alone. I think there'll be a chorus of voices that have never been heard in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly in the next world -- and they will plead for everyone who has been in this movement. They will say to God, 'Spare him, because he loved us!'" Congressman Henry Hyde God Bless you and yours, Carolyn

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"I tell priests and bishops what to do." M.J. Tully, Chancellor - Connecting Oregon Catholics with (George Soros), ACORN (Saul Alinsky) and worse.

"I tell priests and bishops what to do."  Strong words and shocking to those at a Southern Oregon meeting in Spring 2007.  Her words, even in jest, were not appropriate.

The actions of Mary Jo Tully had/has many faithful Catholics wondering what's going on.   When she was hired by then-Archbishop William Levada in 1999, she helped him define her role. She was one of two women chancellors in the U.S.  Normally a chancellor is a priest or deacon and there are guidelines regarding their duties.  It seems women are treated differently than men.

She was in charge of many things, but right now we'll concentrate on Ballot Measures 66 & 67 from the Oregon election of

The Archdiocese, not through the Oregon Catholic Conference the lobbying office  but the Office of Justice and Peace says Yes on 66 and 67. Mary Jo is the director of that office

It's not so much the "yes" (although I believe a NO vote is more prudent) but the alliances that were exposed in this process the problem. Plus, we weren't given an opportunity to express ourselves or know what was going on.


Attachment #1 - Mary Jo Tully's name is listed with "Defend Oregon" and "Tax Fairness Oregon", who paid $500 to be in the voter's guide since they didn't have the 1000 names to be in the "Vote Yes on 66 and 67' and therefore couldn't get in for free. Remember, non-profits won't have to be taxed, like the church.
Connecting More Dots: WHO ARE THEY, REALLY?
Tax Fairness, Defend Oregon and Our Oregon all have the same address and phone number.
Tax Fairness Oregon Mission Statement
George Soros''s political arm Democracy in in the web address of Tax Fairness Oregon.
Democracy in Action Links to Pro-Aborts and Church Dissidents. Democracy In Action's mission - To "Wire the Progressive Movement." You'll see Faith in Public Life and ACORN Saul Alinsky group and Catholic Alliance a dissident group just to name two.
Now, notice how Mary Jo Tully signed the Tax Fairness "Religious Leaders" list first and then five minutes later our Archbishop did the same. A week later, Matt Cato, newly hired Office of Justice and Peace director signed a week later.

113Thu Nov 19 17:44:24 EST 2009 Matt Cato

114Thu Nov 19 17:49:24 EST 2009 Archbishop Vlazny

93Thu Nov 12 20:54:42 EST 2009Chancellor Mary Jo Tully

*It is fair and just that those who continue to prosper greatly should give back a little more of their income to support the public services that have made their prosperity possible. The responsibility of the wealthy to the poor and to the common good is a principle deeply rooted in the texts and teachings of our religious traditions." Tax Fairness Oregon Statement

SO....What's going on...?

Pro-Life Action of Oregon put in a call to the Archdiocese upon hearing that both Planned Parenthood and NARAL were urging supporters with big money to vote yes, the Archdiocesan Chancellor Mary Jo Tully replied, “That’s not a bad thing is it?”

After being asked whether the archbishop knows about Planned Parenthood and NARAL’s lobbying efforts, Chancellor Tully replied, “No, I don’t think he knows.”


Statements IN FAVOR in your VOTERS' PAMPHLET which you should receive in the mail:

Page 16, bottom of right column: Planned Parenthood and NARA

Page 28, middle of right column: Ecumenical Ministries (Catholic Archdiocese is a member)

Page 73, both columns: Ecumenical Ministries and NARAL

With this action they aligned the Catholics of western Oregon with Planned Parenthood, NARAL National Abortion Rights Action League, Basic Rights Oregon (homosexual lobby) but that's not all.
Mary Jo Tully is on the Board of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. That is the biggest problem we have as Catholics in Oregon.

Western Oregon Catholics are now aligned once again, with ultra-liberal, progressive values, but now it's so obvious, it's blatant and stomach-turning. These NOT the values of the Roman Catholic Church.

So we see that January 25, 2010 the Archbishop endorses Measures 66 & 67.

We pray that Mary Jo Tully can get some new friends and not be so outspoken about her role. It is very unnerving that not ONE of the churches we associate with are pro-life , REAL pro-life protecting unborn white babies, brown babies, black babies, every baby.

"In accord with the knowledge, competence and preeminence which they possess, they (laity) have the right and even at times a duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church, and they have a right to make their opinion known to the other Christian faithful, with due regard for the integrity of faith and morals and reverence toward their pastors, and with consideration for the common good and the dignity of persons." (Canon 212, P3)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A follow-up: "FAITH" moves mountains and meetings, opening up a can of Archdpdx worms....

Dear Advocates for Life, A big thank you to Faith, the young mom who took action against the "honoring Roe V Wade Happy Hour" by a simple phone call to a Salem area restaurant to let her voice be heard. See for letter Faith emailing her story to The Bill Post Show at KYKN in Salem set pro-life troops into action with phone calls of their own to the restaurant. Look at the "No host nibbles" ad created to show these women what it looks like to us what they're celebrating. They were going to be made into handouts at the picket. The owner of the Marco Polo Restaurant in Salem cancelled the pro-abort women's "Happy Hour". To support this positive step, many pro-lifers dined at the Marco Polo on Roe V Wade Friday, January 22nd. There was a mood of happiness and gratitude. So.....where did these pro-abort women and men go? Announcing on their website they headed to the Salem YWCA. Why the Y? Because it's pro-abortion. Yes, the YWCA Young Women's Christian Association is linked pro-abortion groups and supports FOCA . Some went to picket the Y before going to the restaurant when we found out where the meeting was. (it's monthly, so our works cut out for us.) HERE'S the CAN of WORMS... The YWCA's Salem website has a Catholic connection with Saint Francis Shelter (Salem), Saint Joseph Shelter (Mt. Angel), and Saint Vincent de Paul linked as "community partners." When this venue changed, Mary Jo Tully, the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Portland was contacted by a concerned Catholic about these Catholic connections with the abortion prone YWCA. She didn't seem concerned about this. One reason why Mary Jo Tully probably isn't concerned is because of the Catholic Charities/ YWCA/Archdpdx/Bill Gates etc. connection. There is a $12.5 million building for Catholic Charities to dedicate in Portland in early February. It will be called the CLARK FAMILY CENTER. Well named because the Clark family gave almost $3 million to the building. Maybelle Clark (she died in December) has her foundation named on the YWCA PORTLAND website and Mike and Tracey Clark her relations, are also big donors to the Y. I'm sure that Mrs. Clark didn't know the huge change in the YW. Now her Catholic beneficiaries know and I hope that they take action to stop funding this organization. Catholic Charities was so excited that Bill Gates gave them $750,000 for the building. Bill and Melinda Gates are pro-abortion. Have we sold out? Dennis Keenan the director for over 20 years will get a great office to help the poor and hungry. Why such great digs if we want to eliminate these things? They will have a big to do that costs $125 each.Who but the rich can go to this? Something is very wrong. Should Catholic organizations take money from pro-aborts? It seems like there is something else that Bill Gates is giving to and not the Catholic Church's mission. The building will house more than Catholic Charities projects. They give hardly anything for Life in Oregon. Rachel's Vineyard's is from Priests for Life with a half-time woman hired to do post-abortion workshops. And we don't know all the other organizations that will have fancy offices and again possible connect Catholics with non-Catholic groups. There's no reason for Catholic groups to be connected with pro-abortion organizations. It's way overdue to cut ourselves off from connections that use the Catholic name to get funds. Even if they do "good works".....the Faith seems to be dead. Let's pray that Mary Jo Tully takes some action. Hanging around rich people all the time is not healthy for the soul and big fancy buildings inflate the ego. We have more to say about this feeling of the regular folks being pushed to the side. The plot thickens. Thanks again Faith for your faithfulness and Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and not how people might take your actions. You have made the world a better place with your courage. God Bless you and yours, Carolyn The WORDS OF CHRIST. Matthew 4:4 - Jesus answered, "The scripture says 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God'." 6:19-21 - "Don't pile up treasures on earth, where moth and rust can spoil them and thieves can break in and steal. But keep your treasure in Heaven where there is neither moth nor rust to spoil it and nobody can break in and steal. For wherever your treasure is, you may be certain that your heart will be there too!" 6:24 - "No one can be loyal to two masters. He is bound to hate one and love the other, or support one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and the power of money at the same time." VOCAL Voice of Catholics Advocating Life PO Box 458 Sublimity, OR 97385 503-769-4767 Member of the Catholic Media Coalition "In line with the Church, on-line with the World". Member of Reform Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Friday, January 15, 2010

Open Letter of Pro-Life Action by Young Catholic Mom....and warning to us/Loving Haitians and the Unborn

Dear Advocates for Life,

January is pro-life month and I was contacted yesterday by a young Catholic mother of four, under seven, who shared an experience we all can learn from. I applaud her as a standard for all young mom's, busy with children and protecting their eternal souls and challenges making a budget stretch and knew it was the right thing to step up and speak out for the unborn.

Here is the letter she has allowed me to share, sent to Bill Post, from KYKN 1430 am . He apparently is someone that she feels cares and respects.

Dear Bill,

I am a regular listener to your radio show and recently had an experience that bothered me. I'd like your opinion. Yesterday I picked up Salem Monthly to peruse and lo and behold, saw this advertisement.

Oregon Women Lead
invites women to honor the
37th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Friday, January 22, 2010 from 5-7 PM
at our inaugural monthly Pro Choice Happy Hour
Speakers: Bonnie Heitsch, Lori Warner,
& Jacqueline Zimmer
The Founders of Planned Parenthood in Salem

enjoy your choice of Delish' no host nibbles
Britta 503-399-9099 or Cindy 503-588-8713

Marco Polo Restaurant 300 Liberty St. SE Salem
300 Liberty St. SE Salem
Lots of easy parking

Now, I am an Oregon woman and I see nothing to celebrate in the tragedy of Roe v. Wade. I think they should rename "Oregon Woman Lead" - "Oregon Lead Women"- because any woman who believes that she, or anyone else has a right to kill the life in the womb must have a heart made of lead.

I was sickened at the thought of these women munching on their "delish nibbles" at a Happy Hour celebrating such a tragedy.

So, I did what any "normal" prolifer would do. I first called the organization. One line was busy, the other seemed like a woman's personal voice mail. Then, I called Marco Polo restaurant and asked to talk to whoever was responsible for reservations. I believe I talked to the owner of the restaurant, and English was not his first language.

I talked very calmly and clearly, saying that I wanted to voice my objection to the pro-abortion group that was meeting there on the 22nd. He did not seem shaken, and seemed to understand what I was talking about. He said that they treat everyone equally, and asked for my name and phone number. I calmly explained that I believed that having this group celebrate at this business was equivalent to hosting Ku Klux clansmen, or a Nazi organization. These people were meeting to plot the destruction of more human life; and I wanted to be a voice for life. He could not have been threatened by my phone call unless he completely misunderstood what I was saying. We hung up cordially; or so I thought.

About 45 minutes later I got a phone call saying "Is This Faith?" (my first name) I said, "Yup!" and they hung up. An hour later a policeman called, saying some "goob" had called a restaurant- it was a possible prank. I told him that I did indeed call a restaurant to voice my complaint over an organization that was meeting there. He wanted to make sure that there wasn't going to be a protest. I told him that I should not be getting contacted by the police for making a simple phone call, and if there was a protest that would be an entirely different matter, and the police should deal with that if that happened. He then wanted my full name and date of birth. He treated me as if I was a threat and a problem, and would not let me finish a sentence without trying to interrupt me. You know, as if someone else was in the room and he wanted to act as if I was yelling or acting beligerant. He finally said "I'm hanging up now", and did.

I feel as if my rights are being stripped away; as if being pro-life suddenly nullifies my voice. My name is now under a case number- I am filed away- to be dealt with as they see fit.

After this happened I looked at my children and for the first time REALLY started worrying about what kind of world they will inherit. The fight has become personal now. If people don't see life as a gift and treasure in itself; anyone is expendable. The aged, the handicapped, any children over the one child limit, or anyone who doesn't agree with the government, the list can go on and on. The leap from a woman's right to kill the life within her to the government forcibly taking that life is very short.

God bless you in your fight for what is right and most respectful to human life- it is a comfort to have you on the air.



(VOCAL held back last name and contact info but I'll forward any messages to her. )

The website also has a picture of Kate Brown, Secretary of State, the head of Planned Parenthood and Susan Castillo, Superintendent of Oregon Schools. Planned Parenthood is firmly entrenched into the schools leading more kids to their door to prey on them.

Let us remember those in Haiti, suffering and dying. We pray for them and cry for them. They are far away and we can't see them, but we love them. Just as we pray and cry and love the unborn. Let us pray for those Oregon women who have hardened their hearts into "lead".

There are opportunities to rally for life this Sunday at Pioneer Courthouse Square from 2 until 3 sponsored by Oregon Right to Life

and remember the march with Precious Children of Portland before the rally...go to

Thank you Faith for being faithful to your name and your Lord and your children.

The Most Important Person
on earth is a mother. She
cannot claim the honor of
having built Notre Dame
Cathedral. She need not. She
has built something more
magnificent than any
cathedral–a dwelling for an
immortal soul, the tiny
perfection of her baby’s
body ... The angels have not
been blessed wtih such a
grace. They cannot share in
God’s creative miracle to bring
new saints to Heaven. Only a
human mother can. Mothers
are closer to God the Creator
than any other creature; God
joins forces with mothers in
performing this act of
creation ... What on God’s
good earth is more glorious
than this: to be a mother?
– Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty
God Bless you and yours,

Voice of Catholics Advocating Life
PO Box 458
Sublimity, OR 97385

Member of the Catholic Media Coalition "In line with the Church, on-line with the World". and

Monday, December 14, 2009

Archdpdx CCHD $$ Given W/O Oversight Gone Forever/More Money Please.

Speaking up for Truth makes a difference. We thank Jim Welsh for speaking up for us and bringing this to light. But first a little background.

As we approach the Nativity of Our Lord, Catholics in Western Oregon have to keep on discernment caps. The "Catholic" Campaign for Human Development funds have been collected and now we await the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) for funds to be used in large part to meet payroll, and Pastoral Center staff's general budget.

Attached is last year's Archdiocesan "accounting". Not too long ago things were spelled out for us, now we only receive a general sense (or not) of where the Catholic collection plate money goes. It seems to me that if we give money, we should know how it's used. Discernment is really important because we become complicit with evil when our money is used improperly. We just can't pass the buck, or responsibility on, even to clergy who should know better.

In Western Oregon huge sums are paid for promoting CCHD and the upcoming Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA $345,000) Archbishop Vlazny is the Director of Collections for the USCCB.

This committee collects hundreds of millions of dollars from US Catholics through various campaigns. Sometimes those in charge count on their staff and trust in their judgement as to whether a group, as in the CCHD grantees, is worthy to receive the hard earned money from Catholics in the pews. Objectively, lack of judgement has been rampant for decades.

"Progressive" groups that support abortion, pro-homosexual activity and even anti-American sentiment are given hundreds of thousands of dollars over these years, like ACORN. These groups, Saul Alinsky in style, are alive and well-(funded) by Catholics in Oregon. Different names, but same modus operandi. Evil clothed in "moral garments".

For example, was there a conflict of interest between the almost constant grantee VOZ and an ex-employee of Catholic Charities, Francisco Lopez, who was still involved with CAUSA and VOZ affiliated with LA Raza (the race) at the time? VOZ has been given tens of thousands AGAIN this year in Oregon.

We're not privy to conflict of interest, but told only to pay up and don't ask questions. Here's the conversation I got the okay to distribute from Jim Welsh to Matt Cato, Sandy Mattingly-Paulsen and members of Reform CCHD Now. Let's pray that more light will be shed on where our money goes that's destined for things to help the Body of Christ and not line to pockets of those that work against HIM.


FYI ...Life News has the Breaking story in this link . However, in reading the conversations, you'll get a feel of how things work in the Archdpdx. To All, at ( ) .

A couple of weeks ago I emailed your organizations about the Archdiocese of Portland's 2009 CCHD grant to Children First for Oregon (CFFO). I questioned the propriety of granting funds to an organization that opposed parental notification to parents of minors seeking an abortion. The Archdiocese has finally responded.

This is a small victory but a victory at least. I tried for several weeks to get a response from the Portland Chancellery offices regarding CFFO. What turned this around I believe was a call yesterday to the area E (Western states) coordinator for CCHD, Sandy Mattingly-Paulen, expressing my frustration with the Portland Archdiocese CCHD office's lack of response to my questions.

I informed Ms. Mattingly that, lacking any response to my questions, I would have no recourse but to detail my findings to BellarmineVeritas for review and distribute those findings to the public. I have no doubt that the satisfactory resolution of this issue was due to previous embarrassing discoveries, by that group, of CCHD funding for organizations which openly support and promote positions opposed to Catholic doctrine and beliefs.

The last sentence of Mr. Cato's email says much about the screening process. It took me about 2 minutes on the internet (Google: Children First for Oregon Measure 43) to discover CFFO's opposition to parental notification. Sincerely, Jim Welsh

*********** Wednesday, December 09, 2009 7:40 AM CCHD: Children First For Oregon

Dear Mister Welsh, Re: the issue of the propriety of awarding CCHD grants to Children First For Oregon: please understand that the resolution took longer than one may have preferred because of both the Thanksgiving holiday and the need to investigate the facts. The investigation was necessary to reach a just conclusion.

This office concluded that CCHD cannot consider CFFO for future grants: "I regret to inform you that because of CFFO’s opposition to the Parental Notification Act, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development cannot consider you for future grants. The Catholic adamantly opposed to abortion and does not grant exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. "

Thank you for making me aware of this issue. None of the local CCHD committee were aware of CFFO's opposition.

Thank you Mister Welsh. Peace, Matt Cato Office of Justice and Peace/Respect Life Campaign for Human Development Archdiocese of Portland 2838 E. Burnside St. Portland, OR 97214

503.233.8361 ***************
Wed, December 09, 2009 From Jim Welsh to Matt Cato and Sandy Mattingly-Paulen (

  Matt, I understand that CCHD policy is to pursue (CCHD website funding FAQ) the reimbursement of such funds. Will the Archdiocese request these funds be reimbursed? Jim Welsh

From Matt Cato to Jim Welsh and Sandy Mattingly-Paulen (

Wednesday, December 09, 2009 4:10 PM RE: Children First For Oregon

Mister Welsh, You are correct that the National CCHD policy is to pursue reimbursement of such funds. The local CCHD committee, however, will not pursue reimbursement for the following reasons: 1. CFFO did not deceive the local CCHD committee in its application. The answers on the application were honest. The local application, however, was flawed in that it did not specifically ask for, for example, a list of all ballot measures that an applicant organization or its Executive Director publicly opposed or supported (which the local committee would then cross reference against positions publicly advocated by the Archdiocese).

As the new Diocesan Director for CCHD, I will change the application to better capture the public positions of an applicant organization. (To be determined: how many years back do we ask for such information? United Way, for example, has existed for 122 years. If United Way applied for a grant would we ask for a list of all public positions over 122 years)? 2. The grant year is almost complete and, like most nonprofits, CFFO has spent the funds that we have awarded them. 3. We have, however, removed CFFO from further consideration for grants. This is a significant penalty.

Thank you for checking on this matter. Peace, Matt Cato Office of Justice and Peace/Respect Life Campaign for Human Development Archdiocese of Portland

******************** From Jim Welsh, to Sandy Mattingly-Paulen ( and Matt Cato. Sunday, December 13, 2009 4:29 PM Re: Children First For Oregon Ms. Mattingly,

Regarding Matt Cato's response that the Archdiocese of Portland's will not seek reimbursement of funds granted to CFFO: Is there some reason why local CCHD grantees are not required to adhere to the same standards (affirmations that an organization is not opposed to Church teaching) and forms required of National CCHD grantees?

Matt Cato's response seems to indicate that is the case It seems the process should start with an affirmation by the prospective grantee that it does not hold positions (such as whether they support a woman's "right" to an abortion) that are opposed to Church teaching.

 The grant seeker should then be informed that full reimbursement will be required if the grantee is found to have falsified any information. There needs to be, for local CCHD grants, the same contractual relationship between grantor and grantee as exists with national level grantees. Inasmuch as the funds to be distributed are collected under the auspices of the National CCHD campaign I do not think it unreasonable that national guidelines be applied to local CCHD grantees.

 I think this is the crux of the problem with the Portland Archdiocese's local grant process. I think this will certainly help reduce the possibilities of monies being granted to organizations such as CFFO. I do not think that only the public positions of a grantee are the issue.

The main issue is whether or not a grantee holds positions, publicly or privately, contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church. A question such as "Does your organization publicly support a woman's right to have an abortion?" is not sufficient. The question must be "Does your organization support a woman's right to have an abortion?". No wiggle room here. In effect there needs to be a "litmus test".

The National guidelines seem to be sufficient when verified. A few minutes on Google will probably take care of the rest of the background investigative needs. In CFFO''s case it only took about 15 minutes to gather the necessary information regarding CFFO's positions. I think that is a relatively small amount of time to ensure that grants totaling thousands of dollars are properly disbursed. There is no need to go back 122 years or ask for all public positions.

We should only be interested in positions vis-a-vis Catholic teaching. I am still concerned about the grant to the Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO). The RESIST grant is definitely problematic. And Kayse Jama's "overrun by white(s)" comment suggests some questions need to be asked about whether there are racist attitudes in CIO.

I cannot believe CCHD would ever fund an organization whose founder and director said that it needed to "reorganize" its membership because it was being overrun by too many (Choose one or more: Hispanics, Asians, Africans, Muslims, etc.) joining it ranks. Apparently "marginalization" is only permitted if it is practiced against Caucasians. Respectfully,

"Mister" Welsh aka Jim Welsh ************************************************************************************************************************ There needs to be transparency and a respect for the Catholics in the pews.

ur defense of the unborn is a first priority because lack of this can cause wars, as Mother Teresa said. We pray that the Office of Justice and Peace see this Truth.

If you send me a list of your favorite good charities that follow Catholic Church teachings as an alternative to these campaigns and to keep building up the body of Christ, please send them to me..I'll send them out anonymously.

God Bless you and yours, Carolyn

"No grant is made in any diocese without the approval of the local bishop." Archbishop Vlanzy, Catholic Sentinel, 11/19/09

"Hi Carolyn, I discussed the issue with Mary Jo (Tully) and came to the conclusion that we could not release the names of committee members without prior approval from them. We need to respect their privacy in the same way we would want ours respected." Thanks, David

6/29/06 (Office of Justice and Peace 2005-2007) David Carrier Office of Justice and Peace Campaign for Human Development * One life * One world * One human family