Matt C. Abbott
CCHD problems persist; '40 Days for Life'; Ex-monsignor is now Protestant
By Matt C. Abbott
November 20, 2014

Bravo to Father John J. McCartney, pastor of St. Mary's Church in Roslyn Harbor, New York, for including the following note in his parish bulletin about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development:
    Next weekend, the Church in the United States will take up the annual collection for the Campaign for Human Development (CCHD); you have probably already received envelopes in the mail for this collection. Many people believe that the money donated in this collection goes to the poor. It does not. It goes to 'advocate' for the 'rights' of the poor. This means that instead of poor people getting the assistance they need, these funds go to lobbyists and community organizers engaged in political advocacy.

    Many of these organizations advocate positions against Catholic Church teaching on abortion, contraception, same-sex marriage, and even promote Marxism. The CCHD has been a major supporter of ACORN, which gained infamy in recent elections for voter fraud. Although in recent years there has been an attempt at reform, nearly 25% of your donations still go to support such organizations opposed to the Catholic Church. I would encourage you not to give to this collection.

    If you would like to help the poor in a truly meaningful way this Thanksgiving, I would suggest your hard-earned money is better sent to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta's Missionaries of Charity, 344 East 146th Street, Bronx, N.Y., 10451.
For more information about the CCHD, check out the website of the recently-founded Lepanto Institute.

From Shawn Carney, campaign director for 40 Days for Life:
    Five-hundred forty-six babies' lives were saved during this year's international 40 Days for Life campaign, starting September 12 to November 4. 40 Days for Life was launched in 2004. Since then, this powerful, interdenominational prayer and fasting campaign has spread to 559 cities across all 50 American states and 27 nations, involving more than 625,000 volunteers. Approximately 9,500 babies' lives have been saved, 59 abortion centers have closed and 107 abortion workers have quit.

    To add to this exciting news, a former Planned Parenthood clinic, located in Bryan/College Station, Texas, has closed its doors for good. This facility was responsible for the deaths of 6,400 children. 40 Days for Life has announced that this building will now become the national headquarters for its organization, and also house Hope Crisis Pregnancy Center, an affiliate of CareNet.
Great news!

To update a story I've covered in previous columns, I quote First Things contributor Maureen Mullarkey:
    Now it is official. There is no need for more speculation about the whereabouts of Michael Hull, the disappearing pastor of Manhattan's Guardian Angel parish and director of the Sheen Center.

    The Scottish Episcopal Church has announced the appointment of Dr. Hull as its Director of Studies. He is currently living out his baptismal call by Skype at the Mercer School of Theology on Long Island. The former monsignor conducts classes through the ether from his conjugal home in northern Italy. Now an Episcopalian, he will assume his post in Scotland this January, after semester end at Mercer....

    In the end, Michael Hull has his Sheen Center. (The irony of it! The Center, rumored to have cost at least $20 million, no longer has him.) The only thing left to wonder about is whether Hull came to his new position with a recommendation from the New York Archdiocese. Could any of our episcopate have been that cynical or cavalier? Let us hope not.
What a soap opera.

I guess it's better, in a sense, that Hull left the Catholic Church as opposed to undermining her from within, as a number of other "Catholics" do. Still, all things considered, making such a move certainly risks his eternal salvation. I say this as someone who believes in the traditional teachings of the one, true Church founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ on Peter and his successors.

Presumably, Hull once believed those teachings as well.

On the other hand ... who am I to judge?

(Did I just say that?)

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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 'Unsolved' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and other media outlets. In 2005 and 2006, he was among the first writers to expose former cardinal Theodore McCarrick's abuse of power with and sexual harassment of seminarians. He can be reached at

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