Synod Paid For by Major Abortion Funder

It's literally one crushing scandal a day at the moment isn't it folks?

Today's dose of sulphur from the Amazon Synod is perhaps the worst news yet.
Edward Pentin explains that a missionary council for indigenous peoples run by the Brazilian bishops’ conference has received almost $2 million from the pro-abortion Ford Foundation since 2006, a Brazilian journalist has revealed.

Yes that's right, this lot:
"Ford Foundation continued its grants to abortion rights groups, with substantial grants given in the 2000-04 period to Catholics for Choice, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and the International Women’s Health Coalition"
And the links are public with Planned Parenthood:
Bernardo Küster, who publishes largely through YouTube and on the website, said two other organizations participating in the synod have also received funding from the foundation, which has actively lobbied for abortion rights and gender ideology.

All are members of the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network (REPAM), an organization set up by the bishops’ conference of Latin America (CELAM) and Caritas, which has played the leading role in organizing the Amazon Synod that runs until Oct. 27.

Archbishop Roque Paloschi of Porto Velho, Brazil, the head of the missionary council — called the Missionary Council for Indigenous Peoples (CIMI) — did not deny it had received such funding when the Register asked him at Thursday’s press briefing at the Vatican and presented him with evidence.

The Ford Foundation is well known for its overt support for abortion rights and gender ideology. In 2016, for example, it supported a rally outside the Supreme Court opposing Texas legislation that required abortion facilities to meet specific medical standards, which would have resulted in the closing down of state abortion facilities if the Supreme Court hadn’t subsequently struck down the law. The foundation is also a vocal supporter of gender ideology and LGBT activism.

Ford Foundation spokeswoman Nicole Okai told the Register late Thursday that its mission is to “address inequality in all its forms”.

CIMI was founded by Bishop Erwin Kräutler, emeritus of Xingu, Brazil, who is a supporter of women’s ordination and of ordaining married men in the Amazon because of a shortage of priests there. He is a key figure behind the synod and a member of REPAM. You know him, the Brazlian Bishop teaching us about evangelising the indigenous who boats about not having Baptised a single indigenous person?!
Details of the funds CIMI received, first discovered by Brazilian journalist Küster, are clearly visible on the Ford Foundation’s grants database. It shows that since 2010, CIMI has received $739,269 from the Ford Foundation, but it is not clear where the funds were spent.

In 2016, the foundation says the funds were spent on “Natural Resources and Climate Change” but for the other four years that it received grants, the purposes are not clarified. Only “Beyond Current Program Structure” and within the topics of “Urban and rural land management” and “Civil and human rights.”

From 2006 until 2018, the Indigenous Council of Roraima, a local branch of CIMI, received $1,164,906 from the Ford Foundation. Roraima is one of the largest regions of Brazil, and although itself not wealthy, is the richest Amazonian region in terms of resources. It is also unclear precisely where these funds were spent.

It is clear from this that there are myriad connections between those organising and running the Synod and organisations using money to influence the Church in a way which is in direct and fundamental contradiction with Church teaching. The character of that contradiction has been clearly on display throughout, but this is the first but of solid evidence we have of this sort of evil influence inside the Vatican.

Here in the UK REPAM is affiliated with CAFOD as I pointed out in this post and the Caritas link doesn't surprise me either, given it has been used largely as a vehicle for promoting LGBT propaganda here in my own diocese.
The usual diversionary tactics to defend revelations like this are "look at all the good work they do". This is such a worrying utilitarian trend which has seeped into the mainstream of the Vatican and runs completely in contradiction to Church teaching: you cannot do a little evil in order to bring about some good.

Given recent revelations that link German theological- or more correctly - ideological influence with the Vatican finances, it seems all too clear why the "innovative" or "progressive" direction of this papacy comes from. With the news from CARA that US donations, which make up 50% of the Vatican's income, are down 26% following the poor response of US bishops to the abuse crisis and Pope Francis persistent attacks on the USA, will these new revelations about synod funding cause more financial problems for the Vatican?

If they want the faithful to fund them - they need to start being faithful!


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