Canadian bishops block ‘partisan and political’ Church campaign as program takes aim at Harper over cuts

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By Lee Berthiaume, Postmedia News, the National Post, 25 September 2012

Canadian Catholic bishops have taken the unprecedented step of blocking an annual education campaign organized by the Church’s foreign aid wing, Development and Peace, after deeming this year’s edition too partisan.

The bishops are reported to have been concerned that the campaign, targeting the Harper government’s controversial changes to Canadian international assistance, would divide parishioners and hurt the Church’s work with the Conservatives on other issues. (…)

This past February, Development and Peace learned its government funding was being cut by $35-million over the next five years, to $14.5-million, while the number of countries in which it would be working was slashed from nearly 30 to seven. (…)

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