California’s Prop 30, anti-Catholic organizations, and more CCHD scandal

Catholics who are conservative, either politically or theologically, have been crit­ical of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) for at least 15 years. The criticism, in print and online, though pointed and persistent, has been largely unproductive. Part of the reason for this failure is the limitation of the criticism to doc­trinal matters, principally surrounding abortion, contraception, and homosexu­ality. But, the fundamental problem with the design of the CCHD grants process is ideological….

[On November 6] Californians voted on an initiative prop­osition to raise the sales tax rate for all citizens, and increase the state-income tax rates for upper-income earners. Califor­nia already has the highest sales tax and the second highest income tax in the country. The proposed increases were sig­nificant, perhaps enough to cause some very affluent people to move from the state.

How surprising, then, to find that the California branch of PICO (People Im­proving Communities through Organiz­ing) donated $259,000 to the campaign to pass Proposition 30.