Twelve Canadian bishops withholding funds to Development and Peace
Twelve Canadian bishops, including Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto, are withholding contributions to the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace following preliminary research that indicates some of the Catholic agency’s partners may be connected to abortion or artificial contraception.
On April 4 Edmonton’s Archbishop Richard Smith started a flood of bishops holding back funds. He was reacting to concerns first raised in February at an assembly of Western and Northern Bishops concerning about 40 of Development and Peace’s 170-plus partners. In a letter to Edmonton Catholics, Smith called results of preliminary research into Development and Peace partners “alarming.” He said many