Catholic bishop's letter on CCHD

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is said to have funded campaigns of the Democratic Party, including Barack Obama's. It has since been reformed, and some bishops are asking that the annual CCHD collection among Catholics should go forward.

Message from Bishop Loverde to the Priests of the Diocese of Arlington:

Dear Brother Priests,

At our annual meeting in October, I indicated that, with you, I was aware of the serious concerns about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) collection. After much research and consultation, I have decided to authorize the collection again this year. Attached is a letter explaining my decision that you can make available to your parishioners. It will also run in the Herald next week.

I expect that this collection will be taken up in our parishes the weekend of November 21-22 without any negative commentary. Please announce this collection as you would any other second collection.

I am hopeful that the CCHD subcommittee at the USCCB will take advantage of this period of grace to develop further criteria for grant applicants. Please know that I have written to Bishop Morin, chair of the CCHD committee, and will continue to monitor this situation as we strive to aid our brothers and sisters in overcoming poverty.


Faithfully in Christ,


Bishop Paul S. Loverde

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