The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) just released the 2017-2018 list of Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) grants and the Lepanto Institute has already started its investigation of grantees. The last disbursement of grant payments for this particular grants cycle was in February of 2018, so the publication of this list comes a full year after the CCHD had already fully-funded every organization on this list. The big question is, “What took so long?” After a cursory glance through the list, it seems pretty clear that the reason has to do with a deliberate lack of transparency. If there are issues found with this list of grantees, then it can be shrugged off as “last year’s list.” In fact, if the organization is receiving another grant this year, the CCHD can then remove the organization’s name from this year’s list (before it is published) and we will never know if it had been re-approved for another grant before the next round of disbursements.
As we read through the list of grants, it wasn’t long before we found problematic organizations receiving funding. The first organization that stood out was one that was identified by the Reform CCHD Now Coalition in 2011.
Since 2007, the New Mexico Acequia Association (NMAA) has received seven grants from the USCCB’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development, totaling $305,000 (here are links for CCHD grants lists for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2017).
The executive director for NMAA is Paula Garcia.
In January of 2018, Garcia announced her decision to run for public office as a Representative in the New Mexico state government.
Just three months later, she obtained the full endorsement of the nation’s largest abortion chain, which called her a “Champion for Planned Parenthood.” According to the article announcing the endorsement, Planned Parenthood stated that those whom it endorsed pledged to support “access to reproductive health care, including abortion.” It then said that they “only endorse candidates who we know will be champions for Planned Parenthood.” In other words, there is no way Garcia received the endorsement of Planned Parenthood without specifically and personally stating her support for abortion and Planned Parenthood.
What is sadly obvious about this endorsement is that it is absolutely clear that while Planned Parenthood did its due diligence in vetting people, the CCHD either did not, or it simply turned a blind eye. Either way, Garcia’s endorsement from Planned Parenthood should come as no surprise to anyone, let alone the CCHD, considering the fact that in 2011, the Reform CCHD Now Coalition reported that Garcia had served two terms as the chair of the Mora County Democratic Party.
As Chair for the Democratic Party of Mora County, Garcia would have been bound to supporting the Democratic Party platform of New Mexico, which included support for homosexuality, same-sex “marriage,” “reproductive rights” and even a “right to die.”
According to Guidestar, Garcia’s income as the Executive Director of the New Mexico Acequia Association was $65,129 in 2014, $63,663 in 2015, and $68,694 in 2016. Considering the fact that the Catholic Campaign for Human Development has supplied $305,000 to this organization over the last 12 years, it is abundantly clear that the CCHD has been supplying Catholic funds to a known and active agent of the Democratic Party and a “Champion of Planned Parenthood.” With this kind of funding continuing to come from CCHD, can there be any wonder that it delays as long as it can before publishing its list of awarded grants?
Contact the CCHD and demand to know why an organization headed by a Champion for Planned Parenthood is continuing to receive Catholic money:
NATIONAL OFFICE STAFF
Bp. David Talley, Chairman of the CCHD Subcommittee – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ralph McCloud, CCHD Director 202-541-3367 email@example.com
Lydia Jiles, Grants Administrator 202-541-3210 firstname.lastname@example.org
Juan Aranda, Grants Specialist for Area D 202-541-3370 email@example.com
Main Number . . . . . . . . . . 202-541-3210
Fax Number . . . . . . . . . . 202-541-3329
Main Email . . . . . . . . . . firstname.lastname@example.org