CRS Smells Like Rotten Eggs
Friday, May 22, 2015 - By Judie Brown


Carolyn Woo is the first woman to be president of Catholic Relief Services and the second lay person to do so. CRS has been in existence since 1943. During World War II, “the Roman Catholic bishops of the United States established CRS to help war-torn Europe and its refugees recover from this great conflict.” While the history of CRS goes on to say that “even today, 70 years later, our mission continues to focus on the poor overseas, using the gospel of Jesus Christ as our mandate,” something is not ringing quite true.

RottenDuring a recent interview, Woo noted that, while there have been accusations that CRS is involved in programs where birth control and abortion services are made available, this is not the case. She said that the role of CRS, in associating with groups that do provide such services, is to be the voice of the Catholic Church and its teachings on the role of natural family planning as an alternative to contraception.

However, research into this question indicates that quite the opposite is the case. In one particular report, research into family planning services in Madagascar found: “As an ‘implementing health partner’ with USAID, CRS must ensure the provision of contraception and abortifacients to Malagasy citizens in its communes. Population Research Institute investigators have confirmed that the distribution of contraceptives and abortifacients by CRS health workers within their communes to be a systemic problem in Madagascar.”

Isolated incident? Not at all. As research done within our own organization has revealed, “86 percent of CRS’ grants to domestic groups in 2012 went to groups that promote contraceptives, in addition to, in some cases, other evils such as abortion, the abortifacient ‘morning-after pill,’ and homosexuality. In 2013, the Catholic aid organization gave a $2.7 million grant to Population Services International, which markets a ‘Safe Abort Kit’ in developing countries.”

Further, the Lepanto Institute has analyzed the problematic nature of CRS’ involvement with programs that are contradictory to Catholic teaching and that are anything but true to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

And then there’s the problem of the homosexual senior CRS official Rick Estridge, vice president of overseas finance. Mr. Estridge married his homosexual partner in Maryland in April 2013. Woo said in her interview, when asked about the “civil gay marriage,” that CRS is “working through this.” She asserted that gay marriage is a “very complex issue.”

Various Catholic voices, including that of Pope Benedict XVI, have reiterated the teachings of the Church on the question of homosexuality. In truth, there is really nothing at all complex about whether or not a Catholic can endorse, support, or be involved in a “gay marriage.” In addition, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith reiterated Church teaching: “As in every moral disorder, homosexual activity prevents one’s own fulfillment and happiness by acting contrary to the creative wisdom of God. The Church, in rejecting erroneous opinions regarding homosexuality, does not limit but rather defends personal freedom and dignity realistically and authentically understood.”

Homosexuality is the issue; it should have been the single focus of Woo’s comments, and her position should have been consonant with Catholic teaching. To wit, homosexuality is a grave moral disorder. Contrary to Woo’s comments, there is nothing complex about this at all.

So why is it that Woo obfuscates? Clearly she has chosen to be the servant of the gospel of tolerance rather than the gospel of Jesus Christ—and that is the problem.

This situation smells like rotten eggs to me. 

But I have every reason to hope, pray, and act in the manner Christ expects of each of us. He is the answer, and this problem is ultimately in God’s hands, for as we know and believe, God’s will is the hope of every believing human being.

ACTION: Pray for the misguided and learn the truth.


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Grey Bear | 2015-05-25 22:54:38
This is sick ! CRS gets millions from the Federal Gov. & under the Pro-Abortion occupant in the oval office CRS is mandated to spread his filth throughout the world. The CCHD is no better. Our Bishops placed Ralph Mccloud in charge of distributing the millions collected annually, supposedly for the poor, he does as he pleases & funds anti-Catholic groups. He also supports Wendy Davis the Pro-Abortion politician in Texas. The USCCB stands mute at these outrages. They defend these 'alinsky radicals' regardless of what they do. Give nothing to the CCHD or the CRS !
Carole | 2015-05-24 12:47:14
Quote from Pope Benedict? Our current Pope is Pope Francis? Did you mean Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI?
ALL User | 2015-05-26 16:45:16
A quote is attributed with the title of the pope at the time he gave it.
Patrick G. Carson | 2015-05-23 21:41:39
I find it difficult to follow you plan for CRS, which is Prayer. Why would you go to all this trouble and not take any action against CRS? I used to give to CRS for years and thought that it was a great Catholic organization. The minute I found out that it was part of USCCB I stopped giving. And that was without any knowledge of these scandals. Just the mere fact that CRS was associated with USCCB was enough for me. I think a little more than prayer is needed to rectify CRS
Laura | 2015-05-22 14:30:21
I just wanted to say thank you for educating me about CRS. I had heard before but I remember reading that Woo denied the allegations, which she lives a life of lies. That's not Jesus Christ at all. Thanks be to God for people like you that speak the truth. Jesus Christ is the Truth, the way and the life. God bless..
HELEN | 2015-05-22 14:10:58
First, we pray and hope. Then we recognize evil and challenge it. The issue of homosexuality is "complicated" because its advocates yell louder than we do; they are outspoken in their condemnation of any voice of dissent. In the past year I've read several books about the holocaust. Without exception they said they did not want to believe what was happening, even when loved ones begged them to escape. One author said she admired the green uniforms of the German soldiers when they came to her town. She kept her hope until she asked one of her "jailers" (another inmate) when her family would be reunited. The woman said, "See that smokestack? That's your parents." I'm aware that we are cautioned not to compare the holocaust to anything else, but at this point, no one believes the natural outcome of this change in our society. Helen