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Auxiliary Bishop Roger Morin of New Orleans, chairman of the US bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) committee, announced yesterday that the campaign would no longer fund the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). ‘There will be no funding relationships with ACORN groups in the future,’ he said. The action was prompted by reports of embezzlement; CCHD funds, said Bishop Morin, ‘were not involved with those that had been embezzled.’

This would, of course, have nothing to do with ACORN’s registering voters who tended to vote Democratic and whose votes could therefore be considered inimical to the Catholic Church’s anti-abortion, anti-birth control policies.

I did a little research. The embezzlement happened eight years ago and a donor made up the losses.

It is not uncommon for organizations to try to deal with such things privately, especially when family is involved and the organization’s finances can be made whole.

Not saying it’s right, but it’s not uncommon, and, I think, something that one can understand, even though one may not approve.

Frankly, I would not want to hang my brother out to dry, at least, not since I grew up (when I was nine years old, I might have thought differently).

(Damn, the way Karen’s been feeding me links, I’m going to have to put her on the payroll. ‘Cept I don’t got one. This blog is a relentless money-loser.)


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