Loading
Peruvian bishops ask Canadian bishops to cut funding for pro-abortion groups
Archbishop Jose Eguren / Archbishop James Weisgerber
Archbishop Jose Eguren / Archbishop James Weisgerber

.- The Catholic Bishops of Peru have formally asked their Canadian counterparts to stop funding pro-abortion groups in Peru through the Canadian Catholic Organization of Development & Peace. Investigations have left “no doubt” such funding has taken place, a Peruvian pro-life leader says.

“It is very disturbing to have groups which work against the Bishops of Peru by attempting to undermine legal protection for the right to life of unborn children, be funded by our brother bishops in Canada,” read a letter from the Bishops Conference of Peru to the president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).

The letter, published by Lifesite News, was signed by Archbishop Jose Eguren, President of the Peruvian Bishops’ Conference’s Family, Childhood and Life Commission. The archbishop said that upon hearing of the allegations that Development and Peace was funding pro-abortion groups, the Family Commission began an in-depth investigation of the Canadian-supported groups in Peru. The commission found that three of them support abortion.

“Each group either explicitly endorses abortion, and/or contraception, either by name or by its various euphemisms like ‘sexual and reproductive rights’ or some derivation thereof,” the letter stated. “In that sense, we respectfully would like to formally request that the funding for the pro-abortion groups in Peru by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace be halted.”

The Peruvian bishops’ letter concluded by offering to help the Canadian bishops find “worthy Catholic organizations” involved in “authentic development projects” in the country.

“Our nation could benefit greatly from the generosity of Canadian Catholics,” said the letter.

Carlos Polo, a member of the Peruvian bishops’ Family Commission, said a “deep investigation” of the Canadians’ alleged financing of pro-abortion NGOs had begun as soon as it was announced.

“This doesn't only have to do with the Church in Canada but concerns all of us in the Church,” he said.

“Unfortunately, in the case of Peru there is no doubt. We see with much sadness how the money of Catholic Canadians goes to organizations that explicitly fight against what the Church teaches. The same people are usually our adversaries in debates and public discussions.”

Polo, who is also Latin American Director of the Population Research Institute, confirmed to CNA the facts of the investigation and its results.

Lifesite News has published investigations about Development and Peace funding for pro-abortion groups, but the charity has denied the allegations and called them “dangerously irresponsible and slanderous.”

Archbishop of Winnipeg James Weisgerber, current President of the CCCB, in a March 19 letter noted “several serious concerns” about Development and Peace allegedly funding five pro-abortion groups in Mexico. He also announced investigations into the allegations.


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
23

Liturgical Calendar

April 23, 2014

Wednesday within the Octa ve of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 28:8-15

Gospel
Date
04/22/14
04/21/14
04/20/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 3:1-10
Gospel:: Lk 24:13-35

Saint of the Day

St. Adalbert of Prague »

Saint
Date
04/21/14
04/20/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 28:8-15

Homily
Date
04/22/14
04/21/14
04/20/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: