Toronto, Canada, Apr 12, 2018 / 14:00 pm
The Archdiocese of Toronto is joining other Canadian dioceses withholding funds from the international development agency sponsored by the Canadian bishops' conference.
The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) is an overseas development agency sponsored by the Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops. A recent investigation found that the agency has partnered with organizations upholding policies contradictory to Catholic Church teaching, particularly on matters of abortion, contraception and gender theory.
"A recent review of CCODP partners, conducted by representatives of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has produced alarming concerns about dozens of overseas organizations," said Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto in an April 11 statement, according to the Canadian Catholic News.
"It is critical to ensure that it allocates no funds to projects or groups that operate contrary to the moral and social teachings of the Church," Collins continued.