The former bishop of the Diocese of Albany, Bp. Howard Hubbard, was recently accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old in the 1990s. According to the lawsuit, between 1994 and 1998, “Father Bondi and Bishop Hubbard were employed by the Diocese, they used their positions as priests to groom and to sexually abuse plaintiff.”
This isn’t the first time that Bp. Hubbard had been accused of sexual impropriety. In 2004, Andrew Zalay accused Bp. Hubbard of abusing his brother, who committed suicide in 1978. In 1995, Fr. John Minkler wrote a letter to Cdl. John O’Connor detailing a host of complaints, including liturgical abuse, false teachings, diocesan-sanctioned abortion, and rampant homosexuality among the Albany clergy.
Given the recent accusation and the history of scandalous behavior, it should not be shocking to find that Bp. Hubbard helped found, and currently sits as Vice President of the Board of a pro-abortion, pro-homosexual communist front-organization whose affiliates receive funding from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). In fact, this organization’s ties to the CCHD are so intimate, it immediately calls to question how the CCHD is even allowed to exist.
USCCB Connections to IWJ
Before we explore the serious issues with IWJ, it is important to establish IWJ’s intimate relationship with the USCCB, and specifically with the CCHD. Not only was Bishop Howard Hubbard a founding member of the Board of Directors for IWJ, but so was Msgr. Jack Egan. Msgr. Egan began a life-long friendship with the notorious Saul Alinsky in 1954. After working together for fifteen years, Msgr. Egan convinced the president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops to take up a national collection to fund Alinsky’s community organizing groups in the name of fighting poverty. This collection came to be known as the Campaign for Human Development.
The fact that Msgr. Egan was a founding member of the board of IWJ in the very beginning, combined with the fact that Bp. Hubbard (also a founding IWJ board member) had been a long-time member of the USCCB’s subcommittee for the CCHD should raise several eyebrows. But the most telling connection between the CCHD and IWJ is that from at least April 2014 – May 2017, Ralph McCloud, the executive director of the CCHD itself, sat on the board of IWJ while he was accepting and approving grants to IWJ affiliate organizations.
In 2011, the USCCB entered into a formal collaboration with IWJ, ostensibly to “intensify its efforts to support our unemployed brothers and sisters, and their families.”
But the collaboration between the USCCB and IWJ goes back quite a way. In 2008, disgraced Bishop Gabino Zavala was the chairman of the board of directors for IWJ. Bishop Zavala, who was an auxiliary bishop under Cardinal Mahoney in Los Angeles, resigned in January of 2011 when discovered to have fathered 2 children.
And currently, the following five IWJ affiliate groups are CCHD grant recipients for 2018-2019:
- Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa
- Workers’ Center of Central New York
- Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center
- Workers Interfaith Network/Memphis Workers’ Center
- South Florida Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice
IWJ’s Pro-homosexual, Pro-abortion, Pro-Marxist leadership
IWJ was founded and until 2015, was run by Kim Bobo. Bobo got her degree in economics from the New School for Social Research. The thrust of the New School is to advance socialist and Marxist ideals through what is called the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School.
Bobo has spoken at and keynoted numerous fundraising dinners for the Democratic-Socialists of America … and in case you didn’t know, the Democratic Socialists of America is the US affiliate of the Socialist Internationale, which is international Marxism.
Founding and current board member Rev. Paul Sherry has strongly and actively advocated for homosexuality, birth control, abortion, and even supported partial-birth abortion. Sherry also participated in “The Left Forum,” a socialist convention.
She is also an endorser of the Religious Institute, a pro-abortion, pro-homosexual organization that advocates “for sexual, gender, and reproductive health, education, and justice in faith communities and society.”
In addition to this, he signed the Religious Institute’s “faith statement” on health care which supports both abortion and planned parenthood. That statement says, “I oppose any measures that roll back the expansion of Medicaid, deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, restrict coverage for abortion care, or defund Planned Parenthood.”
He also signed the Religious Institute’s pro-LGBT letter, which states, “We believe all people must be free to express their gender and sexuality, unburdened by discrimination, unequal treatment, or systemic injustice.”
And on Facebook, he “likes” the Socialist Party USA.
Board member Andrew Kang Bartlett is pro-socialist, pro-lgbt, and pro-abortion. On facebook, he “likes” the Democratic Socialists of America – Louisville and the pro-homosexual and pro-transgender “Fairness Campaign.”
On June 8, 2019, he posted an image that indicates being pro-life means not criminalizing abortion.
On January 21, 2017, he posed with someone wearing a vagina-mask at the pro-abortion Rally to Move Forward.
IWJ board member, Lillian Daniel is a major supporter of homosexuality and transgenderism. On Facebook, she “likes” the transgender organization called “Illusions Midwest,” “Out and Proud – Gay Dubuque,” and “Q Christian Fellowship.”
She has an image of herself posted with a rainbow overlay …
… an image of a cross over a “marriage equality” symbol …
… and a picture of herself with a drag queen with the hashtag “pride” in the post.
Board member Ligia Guallpa, supports abortion, Planned Parenthood and same-sex “marriage.” On July 22, she posted the same image posted by Andrew Kang Bartlett, which indicates being pro-life means not criminalizing abortion.
On June 13, she said she was “proud of Ecuador” while posting an article about its legalization of same-sex “marriage.”
On June 16, she posted an article celebrating the passage of New York’s new and extremely draconian pro-abortion law.
In July 2015, he posted an image supporting both homosexuality and Planned Parenthood.
In June 2015, on the eve of the Supreme Court that decriminalized same-sex “marriage,” he promoted “marriage equality.”
Board Member Gemma Lowe supports both homosexuality and socialism. She “likes” Grand Rapids Michigan Democratic Socialists of America and the Socialist MST party from South America.
In June of this year, she participated in a pro-homosexual, pro-transgender event.
Board member Amy Smoucha is a same-sex “married,” Planned Parenthood supporting, pro-abortion, homosexual activist. The “about” page on her facebook profile indicates that she is “married” to Leslie Holt. She even posted a picture of her kissing her “spouse.”
Among her “likes” is the pro-abortion National Organization for Women, the homosexual organization, “Stonewall Democrats,” and the pro-abortion “Emily’s List.”
In September of 2015, she “stands with Planned Parenthood.”
Board member Brennan Grayson “likes” the Democratic Socialists of America of Metro Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati Socialist Feminists, the Marxist Online University of the Left, the Socialism Conference, and the Marxist Zinn Education Project.
At the end of the day, it should come as no surprise that the vice president and founding board member of Interfaith worker justice is a Catholic bishop who now stands accused of sexually abusing a teenaged boy. Bishop Hubbard’s work with this organization played a big role in its ongoing, intimate relationship with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. But it must end. IWJ is an organization that is run entirely by ideologues whose agendas are completely contrary with Catholic teaching, and the fact that the CCHD continues to provide its affiliates with funding is a grave scandal.
This is just yet one more reason why it is time to shut down the CCHD altogether.