Thursday, April 7, 2011

Father de Souza on Development & Peace

Does D & P Not Get It?

Father Raymond de Souza has very clear insights into many current issues. And I was pleased to read his article today about Development & Peace.

In early April, D&P had arranged for a Jesuit priest, Fr. Luis Arriaga from Mexico City, to give various talks in Ottawa. Fr. Arriaga is director of the Miguel Pro Centre for Human Rights — one of the very agencies that LifeSite had reported on two years ago. At the very least, the idea of bringing him to Canada indicated that D&P, despite the archbishop of Toronto’s call for a “comprehensive review” of policies two years ago, considered it to be business as usual.

“Since the (Miguel Pro) Centre’s support of groups in favour of abortion rights in Mexico is incompatible with the Church’s defence of the right to life from conception to natural death and the mission of Development and Peace, and in order to remove any doubt about this commitment, the speaking engagements of Fr. Arriaga have been cancelled,” Archbishop Prendergast said.

I think the crux of the matter can be found in D&P's mission statement:

Its vision and mission statements say nothing about God, Jesus Christ, the Gospel, Christianity, evangelization, salvation or the proclamation of the kingdom. In its own self-presentation it is indistinguishable from a secular humanitarian organization, save for its official fundraising activities in Catholic dioceses.

It seems obvious to me that Catholics should not be giving one red cent to this organization. When I read that only 6% of the funds collected are given directly to crisis relief, while over 70% of funds are used to promote social change in the undeveloped world, I knew they would never get a penny from me.

I am glad to see someone as reputable as Father de Souza defending LifeSiteNews, after they have been slandered by Father Tom Rosica of Salt & Light Television. So, this Lent, if you are trying to decide where to give some of your tax return, consider LifeSiteNews . They are a source of news on life and family issues that I have come to trust.

I would hope that any investigations of D&P now by the Canadian Conference of Bishops would be more thorough than the previous ones. Perhaps Archbishop Prendergast should be considered for this task.

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