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Catholic Charities of Oklahoma

We have remained neutral with regard to Catholic Charities since their withdrawal from the OSC.  However, this judgment has been called into question due to their continued involvement with community organizing as evidenced by their support and association with Jack Jezreel and JustFaith.  We do not currently support Catholic Charities due to these issues.  Catholic Charities in Oklahoma does do many good things, in spite of the issues of concern.  However, each person must follow their own conscience in this regard.  Personally, we can't stomach it.  For a list of worthy charities to support, see the list from Reform CCHD Now at this link:

Organizations That Faithful Catholics Can Support


Here are a couple of interesting articles on the root cause of poverty.  Thought provoking for those who are really interested in doing something about it: The root cause of poverty « A Heapin' Plate of Conservative Politics & Religion, and Poverty Explodes, Root Cause Is the Collapse of Marriage.


Jack Jezreel to speak at Catholic Charities!

If anyone has told you that "you don't know jack" when discussing JustFaith, well, now's your chance to get to know him.  Jack Jezreel will be speaking on Catholic Social Teaching: The Basis of Parish Life on on Friday, Aug. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Catholic Charities, 1501 N. Classen, Oklahoma City.  See the article on page 7 of the July 17, 2011 issue of the Sooner Catholic for more details.  Be forewarned that despite his invitation to questions, based on experience from his presentation at St. Eugene's last year that, he doesn't seem to like them or deal well with them.  To register or if you have any questions, contact Becky VanPool at bvanpool@catholiccharitiesok.org or (405) 523-3003.


Catholic Charities | Parish Outreach

This is the Parish Outreach page of the Catholic Charities of Oklahoma website where they promote JustFaith training.


Sorry, this link is no longer active. 

Bishop McGuinness - Irish Eyes 4-12-10

On page 17 of the 4/12/10 issue of Irish Eyes, there was an ad from Catholic Charities is recruiting for internships for the CCHD to study "social justice fields, community development and economic development."  The same ad appeared in many of the bulletins of Parishes in the Archdiocese.


-Facts Regarding Oklahoma City Community Organizing Efforts-

A Letter from Dick Klinge, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City dated November 14, 2008.  Herein, Mr. Klinge addresses many issues and builds a case of support for community organizing.  This letter was written to Mr. Ray Haefele.   Ray was acting as a neutral liaison between Mr. Klinge and Fr. John Metzinger to address the concerns of the parishioners about the IAF.  Fr. John handed a copy to Jo with the comment that it should address all of our concerns.  He told her to give copies to other concerned parties.


 -Letter to Ray Haefele on IAF-

Our response to Mr. Klinge's letter (addressed to Ray Haefele acting as liaison) dated March 13, 2009.  In it we addressed Mr. Klinge's letter on a point by point basis.  As will be obvious from reading our letter, Mr. Klinge's letter did nothing to address our concerns, rather, it inflamed them and stiffened our resolve to stop the IAF.  No rebuttal of any of the points we made in this letter was ever received.


We have been asked by a number of people about donating to Catholic Charities due to their initial support of the IAF and the perception that they send part of the donations received locally to the national Catholic Charities organization.  Jo has been personally assured, in face-to-face meetings with both Archbishop Beltran and Tim O'Connor, that NONE of the money collected locally goes to the national Catholic Charities organization.  As Tim O'Connor stated in his pulpit talk at St. Johns, Catholic Charities support of the OSC/IAF was terminated in April due to it causing friction in the parishes.  Because of the assurances we received from the Archbishop and Tim O'Connor we did not participate in any efforts against the Catholic Charities collection, rather leaving it up to each persons conscience. Here is the statement from their website:

 Catholic Charities Statement on its Role in local Community Organizing


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