CRS says participation in CORE Group does not violate church teaching
John Rivera, director of communications, said in a statement on the CRS website that the agency’s membership in the CORE Group provides a “means of demonstrating our faithfulness to church teaching.”
The response came after LifeSiteNews reported in an editorial Aug. 2 that Mary Hennigan, senior technical adviser in health for CRS, served on the CORE Group’s board of directors and that another CRS representative was involved in the organization’s HIV and AIDS working group.
The CORE Group has promoted the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV and supports unspecified family planning services around the globe. The organization was established in 1997 as a professional association of nongovernmental organizations and humanitarian and health care professionals to improve health care for vulnerable women and their children.
The CRS statement said not all members of the networks that the bishops’ overseas relief and development agency joins “uphold all tenets of church teaching.”
“We acknowledge our differences, air our disagreements on these issues and contribute our Catholic voice to the conversation. As an active and influential member of the CORE Group, we are able to represent the Catholic positions on health for mothers and their infants,” Rivera’s statement said.
John-Henry Westen, editor of LifeSiteNews and author of the editorial, said the CRS connection with the CORE Group was troublesome to the pro-life community despite the many good services the association provided to mothers and children. [More]
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