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Thursday, September 24, 2015

US government funneled $1.2 billion US taxpayer dollars to Catholic Church organizations in 2010 and 2011 via multiple gov. agencies per Jan. 2012 report

1/31/2012, "Setting the Record Straight on Federal Funding for Catholic Organizations," networklobby.org
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Contact: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org, Washington DC: NETWORK today issued the following statement regarding federal funding of Catholic human needs programs:
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"Catholic groups and members of the Obama administration have had some disagreements in recent weeks, but we at NETWORK believe that some Catholic complaints have been exaggerated or misinformed. 
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One area of disagreement concerns the continuing level of government funding for vital Catholic programs. The truth of the matter is that the Obama administration has actually increased funding for Catholic nonprofit organizations and programs. In fact, more than more than $1.5 billion went to Catholic organizations over the past two years. 
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Funding increases for Catholic organizations in recent years include the following:
  • An increase from $12.45 million (2008) to $57.89 million (2011) in USDA food assistance to Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
  • An increase from  just over $440 million (2008) to more than $554 million (2010) to Catholic Charities USA
  • Increases in Dept. of Labor grants to Catholic organizations such as Catholic Charities of Kansas for ex-offender reintegration and other programs from $300,000 (2009) to more than $5 million (2011)
  • An increase of HHS funding for Catholic Medical Mission Board global health activities from $500,000 (2008) to $7 million (2011).
These are just a few examples of the many types of support received by Catholic organizations. They stand in sharp contrast to the overblown rhetoric about government cuts to Catholic groups since HHS decided in late September to deny a new grant to the Church for services to human trafficking victims in favor of other groups. 
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Because we lobby strenuously for government funding for programs that serve the needs of people, we take seriously any charges that the government may be shortchanging them. For that reason, we want to set the record straight now. And we intend to make sure that this administration and others to follow continue to serve the common good."
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http://www.networklobby.org/news-media/federal-funding-catholic-organizations


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"Catholic Relief Services (CRS)...is heavily dependent on government financing, and has sometimes been accused of serving as an instrument of government policy."...1997, National Catholic Register
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3/16/1997, "Catholic Charities Argues Government Funding Is Vital," ncregister.com, Tracy Early, correspondent, New York
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"Catholic Charities accepts government money because it believes there is strength in a partnership with government, and this partnership will benefit people in need, said the president of Catholic Charities USA. 

We have been partners with government to help government do what it wants to do and what we believe it should do,” said Jesuit Father Fred Kammer in a Feb. 28 telephone interview."...
 



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