The CCHD says that its funding choices have been screened by the bishops and do not support contraceptives, abortion, or the promotion of homosexuality.
This past weekend, Madison did not participate in the annual special collection for CCHD, in which dioceses across the country ask local Catholics to make a special offering to the organization. This is the second year that Madison has not participated. According to LifeSiteNews:
As he did last year, Bishop Morlino chose to allocate the national campaign's portion of the [CCHD] collection to a different cause. Last year, the funds were sent to the Hurricane Ike recovery fund, and this year he allocated the contributions to the Little Sisters of the Poor, who have an international outreach to the elderly.
In a November 11th letter to the faithful of his diocese, Bishop Morlino assured them that the diocesan portion would continue to support "important tasks of assisting the poor of our own diocese."
He insisted, however, that their money would not be allowed to support groups violating Church teaching. "In light of recent discussions and protests regarding money from CCHD going to fund ACORN and other entities which do not uphold, and sometimes act in opposition to, the teachings of the Church," he said, "I feel it necessary to make clear that your money will not go to such groups."
Some CCHD detractors have demanded that CCHD end its partnership with the immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera because of a report that it provided Spanish-language support to the Gay Neighbor campaign, which encourages Milwaukeeans to get to know LGBT people in their communities.