Bishop cuts ties with abortion-supporting grant recipient

Bishop cuts ties with abortion-supporting grant recipient

Bishop cuts ties with abortion-supporting grant recipient

Following an expose from a Catholic research and education organization, a Roman Catholic diocese is no longer funding an organization that is violating Church teaching.

The Lepanto Institute recently issued a report revealing that The Ezekiel Project, "an interfaith interracial, congregation-centered organization that addresses social justice issues and moves for systemic change within the Great Lakes Bay Region," was using the grants it received from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) to directly promote abortion.

Institute founder Michael Hichborn tells AFN Bishop Robert Gruss of the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan wrote a letter in part saying he was no longer interested in giving any kind of grant money or endorsement to The Ezekiel Project "based on several issues that have become apparent over the past few months."

He later indicated that the organization's support for abortion was among them.

According to a press release from the Lepanto Institute, the report "provided screenshots of The Ezekiel Project directly promoting the pro-abortion National Organization for Women (NOW) and calling for participation in two specifically pro-abortion events."

Hichborn, Michael (Lepanto Institute) Hichborn

"In fact, the bishop went a step further and said he has told all the diocese parishes that are members of The Ezekiel Project that they are to withdraw from membership in the project itself," Hichborn adds.

Though that is a step toward defunding, Hichborn says more action is needed.

"With this information, other bishops need to take a harder look at the other organizations that we have been exposing regarding the Catholic Campaign for Human Development so that they can then either withdraw their support from the CCHD entirely or even work towards the CCHD's eventual shutdown," he submits.

As the Lepanto Institute has continually revealed in its investigations, the CCHD has often financially supported organizations that support abortion and aspects of the LGBT agenda.