Canon Law – Legal Bishops’ Use of The Faithful’s Money

Some years ago I was at a parish that had a “capital campaign” to raise money to build a new multi-million dollar education building. The faithful were shown the survey of the land to be purchased onand drawings of the new building. Once the money was raised, I was told that there was a directive from powers beyond the parish level that the parish must use the money to build a new church, not an education building. I raised the issue that the money had been collected for an education building. I said that my family and others had been defrauded. Promptly a representative of the parish finance council contacted me and said that, if I wanted, our donated money would be refunded. I found out that, under canon law, money collected for one purpose cannot then be used for another purpose. (As an aside, the new church building was built, and, some years later, God flooded it, completely). I was then asked by the pastor personally to leave the parish. Since it was not his, I stayed.

Canon law – the Church’s own law – says this:

“Canon 1267, §3: Offerings given by the faithful for a specified purpose may be used only for that purpose.”

“Canon 1300: The intentions of the faithful who give or leave goods to pious causes . . . are to be most carefully observed, even in the manner of the administration and the expending of the goods . . . . “

I am unaware of any “Capital Campaign To Raise Money To Pay Off Sexual Assault Victims Of Priests & Bishops” in any parish or diocese in America; of a “Pay For Priest & Prelate Predators Campaign,” or of a fundraiser “For The Pastoral Malpractice Of Bishops Who Enabled, Fostered , And Shuttled Abusers & Criminals.” In short, I am aware of no Catholic in the USA who donated money for the bishops to use to pay off claims against the Church and against them. It would be very surprising if, court-sealed, secret settlement documents do not include the provisions that all claims against the bishops personally are also settled, and ended, by the agreements.

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Editor’s note: Carefully check your parish’s annual financial accounting summary and pay special attention to any and all insurance costs listed therein, especially for health care, disability, workmen’s compensation and similar items. It’s very likely that you will find these costs to be anywhere from thirty to fifty percent higher than they should be, since many parishes are forced to pay a silent “tax” in order to refill the coffers of the dioceses’ “secret insurance fund” used to help pay off past settlements or to prepare for future settlements.   

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Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood: Pro-Life People Should be Warned

According to the 2008 Annual Report from Planned Parenthood, breast cancer services decreased by 4% and abortion procedures increased by 6%. In 2008, Susan G. Komen gave $731,000 to Planned Parenthood.

There are certain risks that can increase an individual’s chance of getting breast cancer. While Susan G. Komen says that they believe in knowing your risk factors, they have repeatedly denied the link between breast cancer and one of the greatest avoidable risk factors, abortion.

According to Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, “29 out of 38 worldwide epidemiological studies show an increased risk of breast cancer of approximately 30% among women who have had an abortion.”

When a woman has an abortion she interrupts the natural process of estrogen production and breast development. When a woman first becomes pregnant her body produces a Type 1 carcinogen, cancer causing agent, estrogen in order to nourish and provide for the baby. If the mother has her child, her body stops producing as much estrogen and her breasts mature. However, if that process is interrupted, the estrogen production continues and her breasts stay in an immature state, making them more susceptible to breast cancer.

Groups like Susan G. Komen acknowledge that the level of exposure to estrogen throughout a woman’s lifetime is one of the greatest predictors for breast cancer. Sadly, they do not acknowledge that the increased exposure to estrogen after an abortion could increase risks of breast cancer as well. For an organization whose primary goal is “to have a world without breast cancer”, you would think they would try to let women know of all the risk factors for breast cancer, especially those that are preventable like abortion.

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United Way Organizations in Sarasota, Florida and Buffalo, New York Support Abortion Business

Sarasota, FL (LifeNews.com) — United Way local affiliates in two locations are coming under fire for making donations to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business.

Local pro-life advocates in Sarasota, Florida say the United Way of Sarasota County has continued to give money to Planned Parenthood as it has done since 1976. That accounts for 31 of the 42 years Planned Parenthood has been located in the area. United Way has contributed $42,000 annually for each of the last three years to the Florida-based Planned Parenthood under the ironic category of “Building Strong Children and Families.”

The UW affiliate gave $20,380 for Planned Parenthood programs targeted at teenagers and another $21,620 for programs targeting low-income area residents.

Local pro-life advocates are asking people to contact members of the UW board, including Marc Lazarus, president and CEO of R&L Healthcare Advisors; Debra Douglas, FCCI Insurance Group executive vice president; and Susan Scott, Sarasota County deputy county administrator.

Meanwhile, the Buffalo-area United Way is also under fire. A local pro-life group is calling on Buffalo residents to stop funding the UW of Buffalo and Erie County after the organization rescinded a policy that prevented funding for any agencies that do abortions. Stacia Zoladz Vogel, president of Buffalo Regional Right to Life, said the United Way’s decision was “outrageous” and “unacceptable.” Buffalo pro-life advocates, like those in Florida, say the fact that the donations are not used directly to pay for abortions doesn’t matter because the money is fungible and frees up Planned Parenthood funds that would have otherwise have gone to pay for and promote abortions.