Matt C. Abbott
Pavone: Carson should clarify Schiavo remarks; Boycott the CCHD
By Matt C. Abbott
November 18, 2015

On Nov. 13, The Washington Post reported:
    Leading Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson believes that federal and state officials overreacted in trying to save Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman who died in 2005 as her husband and family battled over whether to keep her alive despite her vegetative state....

    When the reporter asked whether Carson thought it was necessary for Congress to intervene, he said: 'I don't think it needed to get to that level. I think it was much ado about nothing.'
I asked Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, to comment on Dr. Carson's reported remarks. Father responded:
    I am going to be in contact with the Carson campaign directly about this to ascertain exactly what he said and why. So while refraining from any judgment on him, I'll at least take this occasion to repeat that the facts of the Terri Schiavo case are highly distorted even to this day, and even among the most educated people.

    As one of the handful of people who was in her room, I can attest personally to the fact that she was not attached to any machines whatsoever. Moreover, she was not in the dying process and had no terminal disease. The only reason she died is that Michael Schiavo, with the court's permission, murdered her by insisting that she be starved and dehydrated.

    That's certainly a big deal for the nation and its legislatures, courts, and Congress.
On a related note, readers might recall that Terri Schiavo's brother, Bobby Schindler, wrote a blistering letter to Bishop Robert Lynch in which he stated: "I hold you more accountable for her horrific death than Michael Schiavo, his attorney, and even the judge that ordered her to die."

Click here to read Schindler's letter in its entirety.

Mary Anne Hackett, president of Catholic Citizens of Illinois, writes:
    On the weekend of November 21-22, the collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development will be taken up in the Catholic Churches around the country and once again, the Catholic Media Coalition, of which Catholic Citizens of Illinois is a member, is urging a boycott of the collection. CCHD professes to assist the poor, not by direct charity, but by developing projects that enable the poor to help themselves. In reality, the bulk of donations go to community organizing groups that agitate for the leftist agenda often in direct conflict with Catholic teachings.

    Over the years the controversy about the CCHD has continued because of the bishops' failure to institute change. Many Catholics will remember the millions of dollars funneled to ACORN before its scandalous activities leading to the mortgage and bank collapse were exposed. Several times the CCHD has pledged to reform but its direction remains unchanged.
Click here to read the rest of Mrs. Hackett's statement – with which I concur.

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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 HLN, MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2019 ‘Unsolved’ podcast about the unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz, Alex Shuman's 'Smoke Screen: Fake Priest' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wisconsin. He’s been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets. He’s mentioned in the 2020 Report on the Holy See's Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017), which can be found on the Vatican's website. He can be reached at

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