Bishops from the Catholic Church moved to cut their funding of ACORN yesterday. The decision was based on allegations that the brother of ACORN founder Wade Rathke had embezzled $1 million dollars from the group.
Before funding ACORN, Rathke was a member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the 60s draft dodging group from which the Weather Underground spun off.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, which has an annual budget of about $10 million, had planned to grant about $1 million to local groups across the country through ACORN this fiscal year, [Auxiliary Bishop Robert] Morin said. None of that money will be distributed.
“There will be no funding relationships with ACORN groups in the future,” Morin said, during the fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
ACORN founder Wade Rathke has defended allowing his brother to make restitution privately, saying that getting law enforcement involved could have risked ACORN’s financial ruin.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development gets most of its funds from parish collections the weekend before Thanksgiving, according to its annual report.
The collection this year is set for Nov. 22-23.
Try not to think back to all the donations you gave to ACORN the weekend before Thanksgiving in the past when you’re giving freely this year.
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