Posts Tagged ‘Catholic Church’

Bitchslap:Catholic Church cuts off ACORN funding

November 15, 2008

From CNN updated 6:54 a.m. EST, Thu November 13, 2008
Catholic Church cuts off ACORN funding

Story Highlights

  • Roman Catholic Church announced plans that it would sever ties to ACORN
  • ACORN officials say founder’s brother embezzled nearly $1 million from group
  • Bishop: Registration fraud complaints “raise additional serious concerns”

By Drew Griffin and Kathleen Johnston
CNN Special Investigations Unit

(CNN) — The Roman Catholic Church is cutting off funds to the community organizing group ACORN, citing complaints over its voter registration drives in the November 4 election as part of the reason.

Authorities raid a Las Vegas, Nevada, ACORN office after allegations of voter fraud.

Authorities raid a Las Vegas, Nevada, ACORN office after allegations of voter fraud.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development froze its contributions to the group in June amid allegations that Dale Rathke, the brother of ACORN founder Wade Rathke, had embezzled nearly $1 million.

This week, as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops met in Baltimore, Maryland, the campaign’s chairman said it was cutting all ties with the group.

“We simply had too many questions and concerns to permit further CCHD funding of ACORN groups,” Roger Morin, the auxiliary bishop of New Orleans, Louisiana, told his colleagues in a letter to the conference.

The CCHD has donated more than $7.3 million to ACORN-related projects over the past decade, including $40,000 to an ACORN chapter in Las Vegas, Nevada, that was raided before the election in an investigation into fraudulent voter registration forms. Among other questionable documents, the ACORN chapter submitted registration forms for members of the Dallas Cowboys football team.

ACORN contends it has tried to help head off election fraud.

Those Crazy Shovel Carrying Catholics

April 24, 2008

The exhumed body of Padre Pio went on display today 40 years after his deathFrom the Daily Mail Last updated at 19:20pm on 24th April 2008 click to read more.
Thousands throng Italian village as exhumed body of ‘miracle worker’ saint Padre Pio goes on display     The exhumed body of Padre Pio, a saint considered a miracle worker by his devotees, attracted thousands of pilgrims today as it went on display 40 years after his death.     During his lifetime the Italian monk was said to have had the stigmata, the bleeding wounds of Jesus’ crucifixion, on his hands and feet.     For display today, his face was reconstructed with a lifelike silicone mask of the type used in wax museums because decomposition had Padre Pio's face had to be remade with a silicone maskprogressed too far.     The mask was made by a London company which makes lifelike sculpted figures for museums.     Padre Pio, one of the Catholic Church’s most popular saints. Among the stories that surround the monk, who died at the age of 81, is one that he wrestled with the devil one night in his monastery cell and emerged bloodied and bruised.     His reputation has nevertheless been dogged by accusations of fraud.     A book last year suggested the monk injured himself to create the “stigmata”, perhaps using carbolic acid.     Church officials have denied he was a fake.     Heaving crowds waited to see his body, displayed in a crystal, Thousands of pilgrims travelled to San Giovanni Rotondo, in sourthern Italy, to see the saint's bodymarble and silver sepulchre in the crypt of the monastery in San Giovanni Rotondo, sourthern Italy, where Padre Pio spent most of his life.