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Catholic Charities USA loses ‘significant’ donors in wake of sex abuse crisis
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November 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholic charitable organizations fear that the Church’s sexual abuse scandal is driving Catholics in the pews to close their wallets and forego support for their agencies.
Most of those contacted on the prospect by the U.S. Bishops’ Catholic News Service said it was too early to be certain of a definitive hit to their bottom line, but some are acting to reassure benefactors their contributions will not go to sex abuse settlement payouts and attorney fees.
“This concerns me deeply,” Dominican Sister Donna Markham told Catholic Charities USA donors in an October 31 letter addressing calls to hold back contributing to Catholic institutions. The charitable group has in the past been embroiled in controversy over issues related to abortion and contraception.
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The Catholic Charities president and CEO told supporters in the letter that their donations do not fund the bishops or go to the dioceses.
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