Bishop Criticizes Synod Funding: 'Money Associated With Planned Parenthood is Blood Money ... Diabolical!'

By Michael W. Chapman | October 21, 2019 | 5:03pm EDT
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( -- Commenting on reports that money used to fund some of the groups participating in the Vatican's Amazonian synod came from the pro-abortion Ford Foundation -- whose Board members include former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards -- Bishop Joseph Strickland, head of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, said, "Uncertain about where the truth is? Follow the money!!! ... Money associated with PP [Planned Parenthood] is blood money."

It's "Diabolical!" he added in his Oct. 19 tweet. 

Since 2010, the Ford Foundation has given $20,203,250 to 5 different Planned Parenthood affiliates, according to the FordFoundation website. In addition the Foundation gave $179,696,237 to 229 "reproductive" grantees worldwide between 2010 and 2019. 

Bishop Joseph Strickland, head of the Catholic
Diocese of Tyler, Texas. 

According to the National Catholic Register, the "Pro-Abortion Ford Foundation" is a "Major Funder of Key Synod Organizations: The Register has learned that organizations belonging to REPAM, which has held the primary role in organizing the synod’s proceedings, have received millions of dollars in grants from the U.S. foundation."

"A missionary council for indigenous peoples run by the Brazilian bishops’ conference has received almost $2 million from the pro-abortion Ford Foundation since 2006, a Brazilian journalist has revealed," reported The Register.  Also, "two other organizations participating in the synod have also received funding from the foundation, which has actively lobbied for abortion rights and gender ideology."

Indigenous representatives of the Amazonian communities perform in front of Pope Francis, on October 4, 2019 in the Vatican gardens before the Amazon synod that will take place on October 6, 2019. - Indigenous communities in the Amazon region will have a voice in the Vatican from October 6, 2019 with a synod of bishops from the nine countries of the Panamanian region to discuss social and environmental issues, including the increasing rate of deforestation in the region. (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images)

Given the Ford Foundation's support for the abortion group Planned Parenthood, for abortion groups worldwide, and for some of the groups participating in the synod at the Vatican, Bishop Strickland posted a tweet denouncing the money trail.

He wrote: "Uncertain about where the truth is? Follow the money!!! Planned Parenthood is evil and anti-life. Money associated with PP is blood money extracted from the lives of unborn children who have been slaughtered & their bodies sold to the highest bidder. Diabolical!"

Archbishop Roque Paloschi of Porto Velho, Brazil, the head of the missionary council, which is called the Missionary Council for Indigenous Peoples (CIMI),  "did not deny it had received" funding from the Ford Foundation, when confronted with the evidence by The Register.


Bernardo Küster, who reports on cultural and religious issues in South America, told The Register that the money trail to the synod shows there are “theological problems” with the event, but also “through the Ford Foundation, there’s blood money inside the Vatican."

Blood money from pro-abortion groups like the Ford Foundation "would be disapproved by the doctrine of the Church, by the Lord, by the Virgin Mary, by Our Lady of Fatima,” said Kuster.

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