Bishop Questions USCCB Affiliations

Bishop Robert Vasa Is Troubled With
Reports Where USCCB Money Is Supporting Homosexual and Abortion Rights

Bishop Vasa is on a roll.  His ability to faithfully and charitably fulfill the spiritual work of mercy where one is called to admonish a sinner is making the news.  How you would hope and pray he didn’t need to admonish his fellow bishops or a Catholic hospital.

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 10, 2010 ( – Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker, Oregon has cautiously expressed concern after reports this week that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is listed as a member of a coalition that promotes homosexual “rights” and access to abortion.

In a Monday article, Deal Hudson of Inside Catholic pointed out the USCCB’s membership in the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), focuses on issues like “LGBT rights.”  Hudson reveals, their website provides evidence of the organization’s deliberate thwarting of pro-life efforts and  their support for organizations and legislation that facilitate abortion.

Bishop Vasa told LifeSiteNews: “I am not well enough versed in the ‘politics’ of such associations to make any criticism of the motives or justifications which might be provided but, on the face of it, I would have to agree that support of this organization and an active endorsement of its principles and purposes would appear to be problematic.”

As Hudson reported, Lisa Haywood, LCCR’s membership services director, confirmed that members “must share LCCR’s principles and purposes.”  These include recognizing “equal rights, equal opportunities and equal justice” based on a number of grounds, including “sexual orientation.”

In fact, LCCR does actively promote homosexual “rights” and “marriage equality,” which includes opposing bans on same-sex “marriage.”

“Why did the bishops’ conference join this organization?” Hudson asks.  “When LCCHR staff sit in front of a member of Congress, they can legitimately say they are representing the Catholic bishops.”

USCCB Struggling To Get It Right

USCCB Struggling To Get It Right

Michael Hichborn of the American Life League (ALL), which is a member of the Reform CCHD Now (RCN) Coalition, told LSN, “I applaud Bishop Vasa for his courage in speaking out on this dangerous alliance, but also for his humility in proceeding cautiously.”

“His reaction is in stark contrast to that from bishops rushing to dismiss our well documented charges as ‘calumny’,” he added.

By Patrick B. Craine, with editing by John Quinn.

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