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By Michael Hichborn, Lepanto Institute, June 24, 2024

Two weeks ago, the Catholic bishops of the United States met in Louisville, KY for their annual plenary meeting.  One of the topics for the meeting was the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the official anti-poverty program of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  In April, the long-term executive director of the CCHD, Ralph McCloud, departed his post without explanation, and evidence of the financial failure of the program came to light.

During the meeting, which took place on June 13, the National Catholic Reporter stated that Bp. Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, IL and Abp. Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, KS suggested closing down the CCHD and converting it to something more effective like a collection for Catholic education.  NCR then claimed that Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, NJ gave a “powerful endorsement of the work” of the CCHD.  The Tablet characterized it as a “forceful defence of the programme.” …

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