Catholic Bishops’ Conference grant funds group that protested Kansas Secretary of State’s home

PICO sunflower protestersThis is a scandal made possible with the money of unwitting Catholics across the United States.  The 300 protesters that were led by bull-horn in the front doorway of the home of the Kansas Secretary of State on Saturday June 15, 2013 are from the community organization called PICO National Network and its affiliate, “Communities Creating Opportunity” (CCO) and a partner named “Sunflower Community Action.”  On March 5, 2012 PICO National Network was granted $150,000 from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) anti-poverty agency, known as the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD.)

UPDATE:  PICO may be a beneficiary of power given to community organizations in the Immigration reform bill (CLICK HERE for more.)

This grant was made to PICO for its “Campaign for Citizenship” as announced on the USCCB website (click here) and in the graphic below:

CCHD grant to PICO per USCCB website

PICO National Network’s “Campaign for Citizenship” and Communities Creating Opportunity meets at a church prior to protesting at Kansas Secretary of State’s home.  Notice the CCO logo worn by an attendee below:

PICO CCO logo worn at church

Sunflower Community Action recorded the entire day in photographs.  Click here to see photos of the lead up to the protest.

Below is a close up of PICO National Network’s “Campaign for Citizenship” sign with the “Communities Creating Opportunity” (CCO) logo on it prior to the protest:

PICO Campaign for Citizenship sign

Protesters carrying the same PICO National Network’s “Campaign for Citizenship” signs with “Communities Creating Opportunity” (CCO) logo on them at the Kansas Secretary of State’s home below:

PICO sunflower protesters

Below a protester bull-horns in Kansas Secretary of State’s front doorway:

PICO protesters at KS SOS home

This $150,000 grant money must be removed by the USCCB and PICO and its affiliates removed from Catholic Churches immediately.  Click here to learn how to remove PICO.  PICO’s tactics are inconsistent with Catholic social teaching and have scandalized all Catholics.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

5 responses to “Catholic Bishops’ Conference grant funds group that protested Kansas Secretary of State’s home

  1. I was born Catholic and attended Catholic Schools and never in my life have I ever entertained the thought of not again attending mass. I am sick and tired of hearing homilies that treat me as if a child in repeating the same message, with a twist, that avoids all of those political influences that surround our children spewed by the secularists each and every day.
    Either our priests get off their ‘comfort’ chair or I for one will not listen to what I see as abetting secularist diatribe and will not longer attend nor support the church. The secularists will have won and my faith in my church will have been destroyed.

  2. What is wrong with this exactly? The Church wants immigrants because they are mostly Catholic and go to urban centers and thus save the old infrastructure from the Italian wave of immigrants in the 1920’s. It is a lot of money, way more than I expected to see. True, this is Obama territory, and these votes will be heavily Democratic….is that why Mr. Hodges, Sr. is against this grant? Or why? The article doesn’t specify the reason this doesn’t jive with Lay Catholic. Please enlighten.

  3. Diane,
    Please don’t let stories like this discourage your faith in the Holy Catholic Church. Though clergy should speak more directly about moral issues that are also political issues, it is our duty as lay persons to make known our opinion to our Pastors.and to get involved in the political sphere.
    Remember, the Bishops’ Conference (USCCB) and its agency the CCHD are not the Catholic Church. Bishops’ conferences (the USCCB) are defined in the Code of Canon Law Can. 447-459 and clarified in Apostolos Suos paragraph 23 by Blessed John Paul II.
    This story below will help:

    • Peter, I think this says it all for me:
      Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi
      Tuesday, June 18, 2013
      Dear Mrs. Pelosi,
      Last Thursday, June 13, you were asked a question in a press briefing that you declined to answer. The question was, “What is the moral difference between what Dr. Gosnell did to a baby born alive at 23 weeks and aborting her moments before birth?”
      Given the fact that the Gosnell case has been national news for months now, and that Congress, where you serve as House Democratic Leader, was about to have a vote on banning abortion after 20 weeks fetal age, this was a legitimate question.
      Instead of even attempting to answer the question, you resorted to judgmental ad hominem attacks on the reporter who asked it, saying, “You obviously have an agenda. You’re not interested in having an answer.”
      Mrs. Pelosi, the problem is that you’re not interested in giving an answer.
      Your refusal to answer this question is consistent with your failure to provide an answer to a similar question from me and the members of my Priests for Life staff. Several years ago, we visited your office with the diagrams of dismemberment abortion at 23 weeks, and asked the simple question, “When you say the word ‘abortion,’ is this what you mean?” In response, nothing but silence has emanated from your office.
      In what way is this refusal to address an issue of such national importance consistent with the leadership role you are supposed to be exercising? Public servants are supposed to be able to tell the difference between serving the public and killing the public. Apparently, you can’t. Otherwise, you would have been able to explain the difference between a legal medical procedure that kills a baby inside the womb and an act of murder — for which Dr. Gosnell is now serving life sentences — for killing the same baby outside the womb.
      Moreover, you stated at the press briefing on June 13, “As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this. I don’t think it should have anything to do with politics.”
      With this statement, you make a mockery of the Catholic faith and of the tens of millions of Americans who consider themselves
      “practicing and respectful Catholics” and who find the killing of children — whether inside or outside the womb — reprehensible.
      You speak here of Catholic faith as if it is supposed to hide us from reality instead of lead us to face reality, as if it is supposed to confuse basic moral truths instead of clarify them, and as if it is supposed to help us escape the hard moral questions of life rather than help us confront them.
      Whatever Catholic faith you claim to respect and practice, it is not the faith that the Catholic Church teaches. And I speak for countless Catholics when I say that it’s time for you to stop speaking as if it were.
      Abortion is not sacred ground; it is sacrilegious ground. To imagine God giving the slightest approval to an act that dismembers a child he created is offensive to both faith and reason.
      And to say that a question about the difference between a legal medical procedure and murder should not “have anything to do with politics” reveals a profound failure to understand your own political responsibilities, which start with the duty to secure the God-given right to life of every citizen.
      Mrs. Pelosi, for decades you have gotten away with betraying and misrepresenting the Catholic faith as well as the responsibilities of public office. We have had enough of it. Either exercise your duties as a public servant and a Catholic, or have the honesty to formally renounce them.

      Fr. Frank Pavone
      National Director, Priests for Life
      I for one find it impossible to take communion knowing that those like Biden and Pelosi, who act protectively for abortion might well be welcome at the altar rail with me.
      Either the bisops excommunicate those like them or many of us may well feel our faith has no meaning and offers no real voice in the protection of life or marriage.

      P.S. I write a number of letters that are published by my local newspapers and in fact I am a sponsor of our local pro-life group.

      • Yes Peter, I fully understand. I am known by my pastor as ‘the conservative’ and once told that gay’s can change and open borders are a right. I disagree and seems I am hitting a brick wall.
        So many of our parishioners feel as I do but are continually silent as if to voice an objection is as if attacking the Catholic Church itself.
        I just think too many of our priests forget that every single Pope denounced socialism. But then I oft see too many times even Catholic Universities allowing pro abortion and pro gay’s to give secular commencement speechs. That deeply offends me.