Did Catholic charity use state funds to finance left wing attack on family structures?

Last week we reported on how Crosscare, the Dublin Catholic diocesan charity, had been cited as one of the key funders of a series of seminars on STOPTHEFARRIGHT and the subsequent publication of a report entitled Resisting the Far Right.

Barry Cannon, one of the organisers of the seminars and one of the authors of that report, stated that the whole thing had been carried out “with the assistance of the Crosscare Migrant Project (CMP).”

There is no indication in the report, nor in the Crosscare accounts for 2021, as to where exactly the money came from, or how much money was given to the organisers from the diocesan funds that are partly comprised of donations and Church collections contributed by Dublin mass-goers.

We do know, however, from details supplied to Rural Independent TD for Laois/Offaly, Carol Nolan by Minister Roderic O’Gorman on June 7 that the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth gave Crosscare €176,700 from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund in 2021. This was a substantial increase on the €21,643 provided under the same rubric in 2020.

It would be interesting to know if this was the source of the funding for the left wing seminars and report, which presumably cost quite a lot of money to stage and produce.

It would also be interesting to know in what conceivable manner STOPTHEFARRIGHT assisted in promoting the interests of asylum seekers – or indeed of anyone else other than the organisers and participants.

Gript did email both Crosscare and the Dublin dioceses on Friday morning to seek clarification on the exact source of the funding and on the justification for Dublin Catholic diocesan money being used to underwrite a report that includes an attack on traditional family structures.

As we previously reported:

The “Crosscare-funded report does focus on “familialism” as one of the characteristics of the far-right. Familialism has become a leftist pejorative term for what the authors themselves quote a minor leftist academic as constituting “a form of biopolitics which views the traditional family as the foundation of the nation and subjugates individual reproductive and self-determination rights [of women in particular] to the normative demands of the reproduction and the nation” (p.24).

That surely includes the Catholic Church in Ireland? Is the Church not supportive of the ‘traditional family?’ Was not the Catholic Church opposed to the legalisation of abortion? So why are Dublin diocesan funds being given to these people to attack one of the foundations of the beliefs, if not of the people who work for Crosscare, then certainly of those Catholics who contributed over €1.5 million in donations, legacies and collections to Crosscare in 2020.

We have yet to receive any response to our questions.

Did part or all of that funding come from the €176,700 grant that was given to Crosscare in 2021 by Minister Roderic O’Gorman’s Department under the rubric of migration, asylum and integration?

Further, how does the Dublin Archdioceses justify supporting the above project in the light of the fact that the report itself, p24, includes a section that highlights “familialism”, ie. support for traditional family structures, as one of the identifiers of the “far right” in Ireland.?

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