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Who are the foundations behind the diabolical abortionists at "Catholics for Free Choice?"

 

2/20/2005 6:35:00 PM by Diane S. Dew

 

Founded in 1972, Catholics For a Free Choice, a nominally Catholic, pro-abortion organization, has an annual budget of $900,000, and claims 8,000 members. According to the Encyclopedia of Associations, Catholics For a Free Choice (CFFC) is an association of "Catholics within the Roman Catholic Church who support the right to legal reproductive health care, especially to family planning and abortion." Its goal, according to the Encyclopedia entry, is to "preserve the right of women's choices in childbearing and child rearing"; it "advocates social and economic programs for women, families and children," by engaging in "public education on being Catholic and pro-choice." ...

 

Funded by Pornography

According to records filed with the IRS, Catholics For a Free Choice, of Washington, DC, has received thousands of dollars from the Playboy Foundation. (Other recipients of Playboy funds include the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood, and groups advocating population control, homosexual rights, environmentalism, disarmament, and the repeal of marijuana laws.)

 

Daniel C. Maguire, professor of moral theology at Marquette University, is on CFFC's board of directors. He has written numerous pamphlets, articles and books promoting abortion, euthanasia and homosexuality. One, in its Spanish translation, even "got an imprimatur, unsolicited by me," he boasted.

 

In an article published in CFFC's Conscience magazine (May/June 1990), Maguire approved of abortion "as a backup for contraceptive failure." If an individual can find five or six experts "to approve of a liberal dissenting view, the decision to abort may be morally justified," he wrote in a New York Times editorial reprinted in Conscience (Jan./Feb. 1990). What's right for one may not be right for all, he said, claiming that "there is no one `Catholic' position."

 

"Public political figures and legislators should not impose their private moral view on a pluralistic society," he said. "Catholic politicians ... may freely support Roe v. Wade ... with good reasons and good authority.

 

"Within certain limits, the Catholic position has always been pro-choice.

 

"Thus, a legislator who personally finds abortion always immoral may support the Roe v. Wade decision," he wrote in Conscience (May/June 1990).

 

Maguire, who teaches several freshman sections of "Theology and Morals" at Marquette, has been neither excommunicated nor removed from his tenured position -- although the Vatican issued a 49-page document in September 1990 charging universities to be more accountable for what they teach. Bishops have a "right and a duty," the document states, "to watch over" universities in their dioceses.

 

Canon Law imposes strict standards of conduct requiring "correct doctrine and integrity of life" upon those teaching in Catholic institutions (Canon 803, Sect. 2, and Canon 804, Sect. 2), and states that those who fall short "need to be removed" (Canon 810, Sect. 1). It is the bishop's responsibility to watch over "even those schools which have been established or are being directed by members of religious institutions ..." (Canon 808, Sect. 1; Canon 805).

 

The New Testament also charges those in authority to deal with doctrinal error before it spreads (1 Timothy 6:3-5; Titus 3:10-11).

 

In "Abortion: A Guide to Making Ethical Choices," Dan and Marjorie Maguire write that abortion is justified even for the loss of a job, or because of a marriage failure. "A responsible abortion can be the proper response to irresponsible sex," they say

 

"There is no clear Biblical teaching prohibiting abortion," they claim. "... no one knows God's mind." It all depends on how you look at it, they said; ethics are adjustable, depending on your circumstances. "... having a baby can be just as selfish, in the bad sense, as an abortion," they say. "You may have a child out of a selfish avoidance of the responsibility to turn your life in new directions."

 

Even "if you believe that the fetus is a person," they said, "if you also feel that abortion is the most moral choice you can make in your circumstances, trust in God to take care of the fetus. Be assured that God would not condemn ... God is love.

 

"In the real world, good women choose to have abortions for good reasons and they are still good women after they have the abortion.

 

"If you are concerned about the possibility that the fetus might experience pain you need to balance that concern ... Physical and emotional pain occur in all our lives. It is not the determining fact in making a moral decision about abortion or anything else."

 

Better to kill your unborn child than "ignore the needs and rights of other persons, your husband and children," the Maguires say. Besides, the "possibility" that the fetus might be a person, they reason, pales in light of the fact that you definitely are. "Think about the relative value of your life versus that of the fetus.... many good religious people believe that the woman has to welcome the life in her womb and consent to the pregnancy, before God considers it a human person ... when the woman consents to the pregnancy ... God then infuses a soul into the body." (So does the child of a retarded woman, or one with bitter hatred, never become a person? Even at age 21?)

 

"Follow your conscience"?

 

"You are not guilty of sin if you follow your conscience," the Maguires write.

 

But what about someone who does not guard or "keep" his or her conscience (Heb. 9:14; 1 Pet. 3:16), who, failing to respond to the Holy Spirit's guidance, allows his conscience to become "seared" (1 Tim. 4:2)? The Bible speaks of a "weak conscience" (1 Cor. 8:7); a "wounded conscience" (1 Cor. 8:12); a "good" and "perfect" conscience (Heb. 9:9; Heb. 13:18; 1 Pet. 3:21; 1 Tim. 1:5, 19); a "clear" (blameless) conscience (Acts 24:16; 1 Tim. 3:9) and a conscience that is "evil" or defiled (Tit. 1:15).

 

Still, ads for CFFC's magazine, Conscience, say: "Follow your conscience."

 

One of CFFC's pamphlets, available at many libraries, is Maguire's "Reflections of a Catholic Theologian on Visiting an Abortion Clinic." He described pro-life picketers as mostly men-a violent, "scary lot," "dripping with hatred," who "attempt to play on guilt to recruit these women in their campaign." He referred to the baby involved in abortion as "aborted matter," a "pre-personal embryo."

 

"Catholic moral theology is in grave default on this issue," Maguire says; "... abortion can be the least violent option..."

 

Some donations received by CFFC are earmarked specifically to pay for these publications. In 1991, the R.S. Clark Foundation gave $47,000 "for research, production and dissemination of a series of fact sheet/booklets on the role of the Catholic Church in shaping public policy on family planning services and availability of contraception."

 

Another $10,000 was "for publication of the booklet, Protecting Access to Health Care for Women-A Guide to Laws Prohibiting Violence and Interference at Clinics." The same foundation also gave at least $40,000 in 1991 to NOW's Legal Defense Education Fund specifically "for work on clinic harassment lawsuits and provision of legal support and technical assistance on other reproductive rights issues to pro-choice groups around the country."

 

These foundations have all seen fit to fund opposition to the Catholic Church -- ostensibly within the Catholic Church -- in an effort to undermine the Church's pro-life teaching.

 

Catholics For a Free Choice is well funded in its crusade to convince Catholics in particular and the public in general that abortion is a moral choice.

 

The facts in this article were obtained directly from public records and from the publications of Catholics for a Free Choice.

 

Copyright 1998 Diane S. Dew

 

The following information was derived from The Chronicle of Philanthropy* and publications of The Foundation Center**. Dec. 28, 2001.

 

MAC ARTHUR FOUNDATION,

John D. & Catherine T., IL

Office of Grants Management

140 S. Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60603-5285

Phone: (312) 726-8000; Fax: (312) 920-6258

www.macfdn.org

 

$210,000 in 2000 to Catholics for the Right to Decide, Mexico

$650,000 in 1999 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

$150,000 in 1998 to Catholics for the Right to Decide, Brazil

$150,000 in 1998 to Catholics for the Right to Decide, Mexico

$40,000 in 1997 to Catholics for the Right to Decide, Mexico

$40,000 in 1997 to Catholics for the Right to Decide, Brazil

 

$600,000 Year authorized: 1996 (3-year grant) ** to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC "For research, seminars and publications in Latin America"

 

$49,500 Year authorized: 1995 ** to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC "For activities related to Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China"

 

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FORD FOUNDATION

320 East 43rd Street New York, New York 10017

phone (212) 573-5000; fax: (212) 351-3677

www.fordfound.org

Board of Trustees and Officers

 

$1,200,000 in 1999 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

$100,000 in 1999 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

$200,000 in 1999 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

$100,000 in 1999 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

$218,000 authorized in 1998 (2-year grant) to Catholics for Free Choice in Latin America (Montevideo, Uruguay) "For continued support to consolidate pro-choice Catholic groups and promote public discussion on sexual and reproductive health" - "reproductive rights ... sexuality education ... Uruguay"

 

$200,000 authorized in 1998 (2-year grant) to Catholics for the Right to Decide (Mexico) "for continued support for public education and dissemination of Catholic pro-choice values"

 

$190,000 authorized in 1998 to Catholics for the Right to Decide (Mexico) "for preparatory activities for International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Plus 5" ["reproductive health - Mexico"]

 

$100,000 authorized in 1998 (2-year grant) to Catholics for the Right to Decide (Mexico) "for working group of senior developing country ethicists in reproductive health"

 

$67,000 authorized in 1998 to Catholics for the Right to Decide (Mexico) "to promote public discussion among Catholics in Mexico on sexual and reproductive health"

 

$50,000 authorized in 1997 to CFFC in Latin America (Montevideo, Uruguay) "for Latin American Regional Conference for Catholics for the Right to Decide Network" [civil liberties, reproductive rights, Latin America ... Uruguay)

 

$1,300,000 authorized in 1996 **

 

$150,000 authorized in 1996 "for public education and dissemination of Catholic pro-choice values" [to Catholics for the Right to Decide (Brazil)]

 

$100,000 authorized in 1996 ** "For consolidation of pro-choice Catholic groups in four Latin American countries: Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Peru" To CFFC in Latin America [Uruguay]

 

$73,000 authorized in 1996 "to promote public discussion among Catholics in Mexico on sexual and reproductive health" [to Catholics for the Right to Decide (Mexico)]

 

$30,000 authorized in 1995 **

$770,000 over two years (Feb. 23, 1995) *

 

$42,000 authorized in 1995 "for participants from developing countries to attend Kennedy Institute of Ethics' advanced course on feminist perspective on bioethics"

 

$770,000 authorized in 1994 **

 

"For international programs and to convene a new group, the Religious Consultation on Population and Reproductive Health"

$210,000 over 18 months (Feb. 22, 1994) *

 

"To consolidate a Latin American network on women's reproductive health and rights"

$100,000 over 18 months (Nov. 17, 1992) *

 

"For participants from developing countries to attend Kennedy Institute of Ethics' advanced course on feminist perspective on bioethics"

$42,000 Year authorized: 1995 **

 

"To consolidate pro-choice Catholic groups in four countries"

$50,000 Year authorized: 1994 **

Recipient: CFFC in Latin America [Uruguay]

 

$50,000 in 1991, to be used specifically "for education on reproductive health and rights in Latin America."

 

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GEORGE GUND FOUNDATION

1845 Guildhall Bldg, 45 Prospect Ave West

Cleveland, Ohio 44115

PHONE: (216) 241-3114; FAX: (216) 241-6560

David Bergholz - Exec. Dir.

www.gundfdn.org/

 

$100,000 in 1999 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

$100,000 in 1998 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

$90,000 over two years May 17, 1994

 

$30,000 (March 22, 1994) * "To conduct a retreat for abortion-rights leaders"

 

"For operating support"

$85,000 over two years (Sept. 22, 1992) *

$100,000 Year authorized: 1996 (2-year grant) **

$90,000 over two years (May 17, 1994) *

 

$85,000 in 1992; $41,708 in 1991; $50,000 in 1988 (and $35,000 for the Student Health Program at Cleveland's East High School "Clinic" in 1988, and $90,000 to a program providing abortions for Cleveland women on welfare)

 

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CLARK FOUNDATION INC,

Robert Sterling, NY

135 East 64th Street, New York, NY 10021

tel: 212/288-8900; fax: 212/288-1033

http://fdncenter.org/grantmaker/rsclark/

Margaret C. Ayers, Executive Director

Darcy Hector, Program Officer

Laura Wolff, Program Officer

 

$75,000 in 1998 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

$65,000 in 1997 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

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COMPTON FOUNDATION INC., CA

535 Middlefield Road, Suite 160 Menlo park, CA 94025

Phone: (650) 328-0101 Fax: (650) 328-0171

http://www.comptonfoundation.org/

 

$60,000 in 1999 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

$40,000 in 1998 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

$40,000 Year authorized: 1996 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

$40,000 Year authorized: 1994 ** to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

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DODGE FOUNDATION, INC.

Geraldine R., NJ

163 Madison Avenue Post Office Box 1239

Morristown, NJ 07962-1239

Phone (973) 540-8442; Fax (973) 540-1211

http://www.grdodge.org/

 

$50,000 in 1998 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

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EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

OF AMERICA, INC.

35 Church Lane Westport, CT 06880-3515

www.efaw.org

 

$200,000 in 1998 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

$225,000 authorized in 1995 (3-year grant) ** to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC "For educating and reaching out to religious community"

$50,000 in 1992 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC, "for grassroots organizing and Hispanic outreach."

$80,000 in 1991 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

(also gave $450,000 to the ACLU from 1988 to 1991 "for continued support for legal battles to preserve reproductive rights of minors," along with donations to other pro-abortion organizations.)

 

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FIKES FOUNDATION INC., Leland, TX

3050 Lincoln Plaza 500 North Akard, Suite 3050

Dallas, TX 75201-6696

Phone: (214) 220-1011

Nancy J. Solana, Vice Pres.

 

$25,000 in 1998 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

$10,000 in 1998 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

$20,000 authorized in 1996 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC "For projects in Central/South America" - "reproductive rights"

 

$20,000 Year authorized: 1995 ** to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC "For projects in Latin America"

 

$20,000 Year authorized: 1994 ** to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

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PUBLIC.WELFARE.FOUNDATION

2600 Virginia Avenue, N.W., Room 505

Washington, D.C. 20037-1977

(202) 965-1800

 

"For general support"

$70,000 Year authorized: 1996 **

$70,000 Year authorized: 1995 **

 

"For general support of this organization that supports the right to legal and accessible reproductive-health care, including family planning and abortion"

$80,000 (May 31, 1994) * **

 

"For its work to secure the right to legal and accessible reproductive health care, including family-planning and abortion services"

$80,000 (December 14, 1993) *

 

"To support the right to legal reproductive-health care, especially family planning and abortion"

$80,000 (December 15, 1992) *

 

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MARY REYNOLDS BABCOCK FOUNDATION

102 Reynolda Village Winston-Salem, NC 27106-5123

e-mail: HN1362@handsnet.org

(910) 748-9222

 

$20,000 (June 30, 1992) * "For the New Approaches Project, which seeks to transform abortion politics in the 90's"

 

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JESSIE SMITH NOYES FOUNDATION

Six East 39th Street, 12th Floor New York, NY 10016

e-mail: noyes@igc.org

(212) 684-6577

 

"For education, advocacy, and outreach efforts designed to further dialogue and policy making and to forge consensus on important reproductive-health issues in Latin America"

$20,000 (May 5, 1992) *

 

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THE BUFFETT FOUNDATION

209 Kiewit Plz. Omaha, NE 68131

Contact: Allen Greenberg - Exec. Dir.

 

$125,000 in 2000 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

$125.00 in 1999 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

$125,000 in 1998 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

$100,000 Year authorized: 1996 ** to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

$100,000 Year authorized: 1994 ** to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

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S. H. COWELL FOUNDATION, CA

120 Montgomery Street, Suite 2570

San Francisco, CA 94104

phone: (415) 397-0285; fax: (415) 986-6786

Mary S. Metz, President

Cora M. Tellez, Vice President

Greg Wendt, Director

Mary Lee Widener, Director

http://www.shcowell.org/

 

"For population program"

$25,000 Year authorized: 1995 ** to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

$10,000 Year authorized: 1994 ** to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

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DYSON FOUNDATION, NY

25 Halcyon Road

Millbrook, NY 12545-9611

Phone: (845) 677-0644 Fax: (845) 677-0650

http://www.dysonfoundation.org/

 

Note: Web site states foundation "focuses on children's health and pediatric funding."

 

$10,000 Year authorized: 1995 ** "For public education and research to monitor access to reproductive health care services in changing health care environment"

 

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GENERAL SERVICE FOUNDATION, CO

 

"Toward educating and building networks of pro-choice Catholics at state, local and national levels as participants in public debate over sexuality and reproductive providers"

$80,000 Year authorized: 1995 (2-year grant) **

 

"For work with organizations and coalition in Latin America to help implement International Conference on Population and Development Program of Action in region"

$10,000 Year authorized: 1995 **

 

For "the organization's work to counter efforts of the Roman Catholic Church to limit legal access to reproductive health care"

$28,000 in 1988; $32,000 in 1990; $85,000 in 1991

 

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GERBODE FOUNDATION,

WALLACE ALEXANDER,

Alexander, CA

maildesk@gerbode.org

http://fdncenter.org/grantmaker/gerbode/index.html

 

"For work to advance sexual and reproductive rights"

 

$50,000 in 1999 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

$90,000 authorized: 1994 ** to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

$15,000 total paid in 1995 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

$30,000 total paid in 1996 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

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GOLDMAN FUND,

RICHARD & RHODA, CA

One Lombard, Suite 303

San Francisco, California 94111

Phone: 415-788-1090; Fax: 415-788-7890

www.goldmanfund.org

 

$100,000 in 1999 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

$100,000 in 1998 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

"For final payment of grant for Catholic Health Care System and Health Reform Study, to examine Catholic health care system, its role in national health care reform and implications for reproductive health care delivery in U.S."

$25,000 Year authorized: 1995 **

 

"For Catholic Health Care System and Health Reform study, to examine Catholic health care system, its role in national health care reform and implications for reproductive health care delivery in U.S."

$25,000 Year authorized: 1994 **

 

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THE SCHERMAN FOUNDATION INC., NY

 

$60,000 in 1998 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

$20,000 in 1998 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

$50,000 Year authorized: 1996 (2-year grant) ** to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

$50,000 Year authorized: 1994 ** to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

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SUMMIT CHARITABLE FOUNDATION,

INC, The, DC

 

$50,000 in 1999 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

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TURNER FOUNDATION INC., GA

One CNN Center, Suite 1090 - South Tower

Atlanta, GA 30303

Turner Foundation web site

 

$60,000 in 1998 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

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WALLACE GLOBAL FUND, DC

1990 M Street, NW, Suite 250

Washington, DC 20036

Phone (202)452-1530; fax (202)452-0922

Staff and Trustees

 

$250,000 in 1998 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

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WEEDEN FOUNDATION, NY

747 Third Avenue, 34th Floor

New York, New York 10017

Tel: 212-888-1672 Fax: 212-888-1354

www.weedenfdn.org

Contact: James N. Sheldon, Exec. Director

 

$15,000 in 1998 to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

"For Latin America program and global initiative on population policy" [Uruguay, Brazil, Mexico]

$30,000 Year authorized: 1996 ** to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

"For continued support for Latin America program"

$15,000 Year authorized: 1995 ** to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

"For education for women in Latin America who are seeking reproductive health services"

$15,000 Year authorized: 1994 ** to Catholics for a Free Choice, DC

 

 

 

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