An ad hoc committee of four bishops has been named to help the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace in a renewal process, reports Deborah Gyapong of Canadian Catholic News.
"The focus of the committee is to help Development and Peace to review its mandate and to see how they can adjust to the last encyclical letter of the Pope Caritas in Veritate," said the new president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) Saint-Jerome Bishop Pierre Morissette Dec. 3. "We think that there is a lot of very helpful insight in this letter for Development and Peace."
The committe includes Calgary Bishop Fred Henry; Rimouski Archbishop Pierre-Andre Fournier; Sherbrooke Archbishop Andre Gaumond; and Toronto Auxiliary Bishop John Boissonneau.
The committee is a response to recommendations of an inquiry a bishops' delegation made last June into Internet-based allegations that CCODP was funding projects through Mexican partners who were "pro-abortion."
Though the inquiry report found no evidence any partners were directly involved in abortion, it did recommend more prudence on the part of CCODP.
Meanwhile, a similar controversy Catholic Campaign for Human Development in the U.S., an organization similar to CCODP.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
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