Loading
Catholics urged not to participate in CROP Walk

.- The Diocese of Lansing is encouraging Catholics not to participate in the 30-year annual Church World Service CROP Walk, which raises funds to alleviate hunger and poverty worldwide.

In a statement last week, diocese officials said some of the organization’s partner agencies "endorse and/or provide services which are contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church."

Although the issue was not specifically mentioned in the statement, Catholic CROP supporters said the objections are based on the charge that part of the CROP proceeds is used for abortion-related funding, reported the Flint Journal Sept. 11.

The statement urges Catholics to join other efforts to help the needy instead.

Rev. John McCullough, executive director and chief executive officer of Church World Service, denied in a March letter that the agency provides “funding or support for abortions anywhere in the world.”

However, in a news release issued last week, Church World Service acknowledged that a part of the overall CWS budget goes to contraceptives.

The Catholic Church does not accept the use of contraception, types of which do have abortifacient properties.

A delegation of five Catholic CROP Walk supporters met with diocesan officials in June to try to clarify the diocese’s position on the issue.

Mary Anne Perrone, a member of St. Mary’s Church in Ann Arbor, was among the delegates. She said the diocese's position "seemed to galvanize our group.” Ann Arbor area collected $60,547, with St. Mary parishioners being the highest contributors.

Sr. Ann Marie Petri, pastoral administrator at St. Joseph Parish, said parishioners will continue to participate in the effort but designate its contributions to Catholic Relief Services.

Michigan has been in the lead of fundraising efforts for CROP for the last 20 years; in 2005, donations exceeded $2.7 million. There was participation in 149 communities and by more than 19,000 individuals. One-quarter of the money raised locally stays in the community.

Church World Service describes itself as a “relief, development, and refugee assistance ministry of 35 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations in the United States.”


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
20

Liturgical Calendar

April 20, 2014

EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 24:13-35

Gospel
Date
04/20/14
04/19/14
04/18/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Second Reading:: Col 3:1-4
Gospel:: Jn 20:1-9

Homily of the Day

Lk 24:13-35

Homily
Date
04/20/14
04/19/14
04/18/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: