Whipping Catholics back into line
Folk worried that Catholic organisations are becoming too liberal can breathe more easily now, for a new watchdog organisation – The Lepanto Institute – has been formed to whip them back into line.
Formed last year, it got into its stride in January, when it reported that the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) had granted $50,000:
Michael Hichborn, above, President of The Lepanto Institute, complained:
We’ve already shown that the CCHD is responsible for funding organizations that work with Planned Parenthood and organizations run by ministers who perform same-sex ‘marriages’.
Must we now suffer Catholic funds going to organizations involved in the promotion of recreational drug habits in the name of medicine?
Hich’s organisation – which appears to have a staff of just one, namely Hichborn himself – is now gunning for Catholic Relief Services. Why?
Because CRS’s Vice President for overseas finance, Rick Estridge, above, is married … to a fella!
And, shock, horror, Estridge has made comments in favour of marriage equality on Facebook.
Bishops across the country are working hard to defend their schools and parishes against the encroachment of those openly and actively engaging in sodomitical acts. In San Francisco, Archbishop Cordileone is fighting to preserve Catholic principles in archdiocesan high schools.
Bishop Lenon in the Diocese of Cleveland has banned teachers in his diocese whose ‘actions or speech’ in any way support abortion, contraception, or same-sex “marriage.”
In Omaha, Nebraska, a man had lost his teaching contract renewal at a Catholic high school because of his plans to “marry” another man. And while all of this is taking place, a man in a same-sex ‘marriage’, who actively advocates for same-sex ‘marriage’ on facebook, holds a Vice-President’s position at Catholic Relief Services.
There is something very seriously wrong with that picture.
Considering that Catholic Relief Services claims to uphold Catholic moral teachings, while it is regularly caught doing the opposite, one has to wonder how many other individuals such as Rick Estridge hold high level positions at CRS …
On April 28, the hatemonger posted this “infographic” on Lepanto’s Facebook page.
According to this report, Tom Price, the relief agency’s senior manager for communications, confirmed that Estridge is an employee there and has been for 16 years. He said on April 20:
At this point we are in deliberations on this matter,
Later he said nothing had changed and that the group would make no further comment. Price also confirmed that Catholic Relief Services does not have a policy regarding the employment of openly LGBT people or on nondiscrimination.
Since its founding last November, the Lepanto Institute has dedicated itself almost exclusively to attacking Catholic Relief Services. In other press releases, Hichborn criticised the group for participating in a programme that promoted condom usage in Africa and for having a role in a sex education program that mentions masturbation.
This is how Hich describes his outfit:
The Lepanto Institute for the Restoration of All Things in Christ is a research and education organization dedicated to the defense of the Catholic Church against assaults from without as well as from within. Whether in the form of armies, heretics, or traitors, the Church has always faced enemies seeking Her destruction. Today, the Church faces all three …
The Lepanto Institute was created to present the facts regarding organizations that claim the name Catholic or even Christian, but are acting in opposition to the teachings of our Blessed Lord and His Holy and Immaculate Church. Sadly, organizations like Catholic Relief Services, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the Catholic Health Association and many others are giving aid and comfort to the enemies of Christ.
Even worse, dissident and apostate Catholics in politics and other prominent arenas are giving a false witness to the faith by claiming to be Catholic while promoting abortion, contraception and homosexuality. As a remedy to this grave situation, the purpose of the Lepanto Institute is to encourage recourse to the Holy Rosary, particularly offered for bishops and priests, while presenting the facts on individuals and institutions such as these.