In what should not be a surprise to anyone, as reported by LifeSiteNews, the U.S. Bishops development agency gives millions to pro-abortion groups, a shift in support of abortion (from a position that once included solid opposition) that has been around in the United States since the 1960s.

This shift is examined by Anne Hendershott in her seminal book, noting a transformative meeting:

“In a long-forgotten meeting at the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport, on a hot summer day in 1964, the Kennedy family and their advisers and allies were coached by leading theologians and Catholic college professors to accept and promote abortion with a “clear conscience.” Albert Jonsen, a former Jesuit, recalls how this happened. “In July, 1964, Jesuit priest, Fr. Joseph Fuchs, renowned Catholic moral theologian and a professor at the Gregorian University in Rome,… and I, the American novice, traveled to Cape Cod to join Catholic theologians, Fr. Robert Drinan, the dean of Boston College Law School; Fr. Richard McCormick, Fr. Charles Curran…”

“Another Jesuit who helped redefine abortion for the Kennedy family at that meeting in Hyannisport was Fr. Giles Milhaven, who later recalled at a 1984 breakfast meeting of Catholics for a Free Choice: “The theologians worked for a day and a half among ourselves at a nearby hotel. In the evening we answered questions from the Kennedys and the Shrivers. Though the theologians disagreed on many a point, they concurred on certain basics…and that was that a Catholic politician could in good conscience vote in favor of abortion.”  (Hendershott, A. (2006). The Politics of Abortion. New York: Encounter Books. (pp. 10-11)

An excerpt from the LifeSiteNews article.

BALTIMORE, July 10, 2013 ( – As the U.S. Bishops’ development agency was taking heat last summer for handing out over $5 million to the abortion-supporting group CARE, they were in the midst of giving a total of $13.8 million in grants to the same pro-abortion group during 2012, according to its recently-published IRS filings.

While CARE claims it “does not fund, support or perform abortions,” in 2009 its president and CEO, Helene Gayle, appeared before a Senate committee to urge the funding of abortions abroad by overturning the Mexico City Policy. CARE also heavily distributes contraceptives, including the abortifacient “emergency contraception,” as part of its development efforts.  Moreover, it partners with the illegal-abortion practitioner Marie Stopes International.

Susan Yoshihara of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) told LifeSiteNews last year that Gayle “is an avid advocate for an international human right to abortion-on-demand.”

Since LifeSiteNews’ coverage of CARE last summer, CARE issued a commitment at the Gates Foundation’s London Summit on Family Planning in which they pledged to put “reproductive rights” at the center of their work in the area of maternal health and to make “family planning” a priority in emergency services. Of the $13.8 million CRS gave to CARE in 2012, nearly $9 million was dedicated to “emergency services.”

According to the 990s, CRS gave CARE three separate grants in 2012: $4,752,008 for “agriculture”; $8,894,703 for “emergency”; and $233,432 for “welfare”.