US Bishops Outline Plan for Development Campaign

Affirm Commitment to Catholic Teaching

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WASHINGTON, D.C., OCT. 26, 2010 ( The U.S. bishops published a plan for the renewal of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

A press release from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced today the publication of “The Review and Renewal” report on the CCHD.

The report was affirmed by the conference’s administrative committee last month, and will be a topic of discussion at the Fall General Assembly next month in Baltimore.

Bishop Roger Morin of Biloxi, Mississippi, chairman of the subcommittee for the CCHD, noted that this report reaffirms the campaign’s Catholic foundations and priority for the poor.

He added that it “also responds to concerns about CCHD funding policies and makes ten commitments to strengthen CCHD as a faithful and effective expression of Catholic teaching and the Gospel mandate to defend the lives and dignity of those who are poor in our nation.”

The prelate noted that in this way the campaign will build on the teachings of Benedict XVI in “Caritas in Veritate.”

The ten commitments for the future of the campaign aim to ensure that funds “will not be used to support any activity which conflicts with fundamental Catholic moral and social teaching, particularly the protection and promotion of the life and dignity of every person, the sanctity of marriage and family, and caring for and standing with ‘the least of these’ (Matt. 25),” the conference press release noted.

It added that another goal of these commitments is to “develop more specific ethical guidance to help the bishops carry out the CCHD policy that prohibits funding to groups, which are part of coalitions, which act in conflict with fundamental Catholic moral and social teaching.”

Furthermore, the conference aims to “establish new structures, including ongoing consultation with moral theologians and a CCHD review board, to help the bishops address moral issues involving organizational relationships and coalitions.”

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