For starters, church elites are happy to grab any occasion to put mileage between the Catholic image and the priest sex abuse scandal, which continues even now. A Google News search for Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal currently shows 4870 results for a month. They include the Seattle Diocese paying $12 million to settle a sex abuse lawsuit and the call for the resignation of the Archbishop of Minneapolis-St. Paul for covering up priests’ criminal sexual behavior.
Therefore, positive news about men in clerical collars is a big plus to church management.
Below, Bishop Gerald Barnes greets “immigrants” on July 10, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fontana, California.
In addition, the Catholic church is doing well by doing good: government contracts have suddenly popped up to service the illegal alien tykes. Apparently there is big money available to hire people to care for the aliens, while America’s veterans are still waiting for the healthcare they were promised.
Despite the apparent bad feeling from the Catholic church toward the Obama administration regarding the birth control dust-up, money makes those disagreements disappear. After all, Catholic Charities gets billions of taxpayer dollars for refugee resettlement and general immigration services, which puts it into the category of a smallish government agency. For example, in 2010 62 percent of Catholic Charities’ budget was funded by the unwilling taxpayer. The feds and the Catholic bishops are partners.
Breitbart looked into one Texas kids’ home run by Catholic Charities’ and found plenty of hiring additional staff to care for illegal aliens. Presumably such government spending is occurring all over the country.
Taxpayer-Funded Catholic Charities on Hiring Spree to Provide for Illegal Immigrants, Breitbart.com July 21, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas–Catholic Charities in Texas is helping fulfill the needs of the thousands of illegal immigrants that continue to flood the U.S.-Mexico border. Breitbart Texas has learned that Catholic Charities’ St. Jerome’s Home for Children, located in Fort Bend County, is providing many benefits including financial support, English classes, legal assistance, and release services to youths in the U.S. illegally. The charity is looking to hire several staff members to help accommodate the influx of migrants.
St. Jerome’s webpage reads, “While the youth are living in this home, evaluations are provided to assess all their needs (medical, psychiatric/therapeutic, educational, vocational, social, familial, legal) with the development of an initial service plan.”
“After these assessments are completed, a decision about a long-term placement is made in the best interest of the youth,” it continues. “If appropriate, the youth moves to live with an individual foster family. Otherwise, the youth remains in the agency foster home. If a youth is not able to maintain the foster family placement, he or she returns to the agency home to live until discharge.”
The programs administers “financial assistance” for the foreigner’s housing, food, clothing, and other necessities. It additionally provides case management by social workers, vocational training, English lessons, and legal assistance.
It appears that the program’s ultimate goal is to place unaccompanied minors in U.S. foster homes.
In order to accommodate the migrants staying at St. Jerome’s, Catholic Charities is currently seeking new paid staff members. Job listings for a lifeguard, bilingual recreation specialist, transition to adulthood case manager, and several youth care workers all appear online.
“Our competitive benefits package includes health, dental, vision, long-term disability, life insurance, FLEX plan, 401(k), and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Catholic Charities is an equal opportunity employer,” Catholic Charities claims on its employment webpage.
The organization is known for receiving a bulk of its funding from the U.S. government. In 2010 alone, it received $2.9 billion from the federal government, about 62 percent of its annual revenue.
The organization could soon receive significant funds from the federal government; the Department of Health and Human Services recently announced a “funding opportunity” of $350 million for “residential care providers” for minors in the U.S. illegally. Receiving organizations must provide the minors with daily outdoor activities, case management services, daily education, legal help, family planning services, medical care, and family unification and release services.