EWTN Catholic Q&A
Catholic Relief Services
Question from LMF on 03-31-2014:

This Lent our parish organized itself around Catholic Relief Services activities: the Rice Bowl collection, a CRS Fair Trade Sale and even our Stations of the Cross have used CRS materials which have us reflect on the plight of specific persons described in their literature at each Station. Lent began with a homily expressing concern that we as a parish have given so little to CRS in the past 2 years.

In the past we as a family donated at Lent to CRS through the Rice Bowls, but have become reluctant to doso in the past few years because of our strong pro-life beliefs and what we have learned about CRS. Our plan this year is to do what we did last year and donate to another Catholic organization what we have saved by theend of Lent.

Have the Bishops asked our priests to be more active promoting CRS this Lent or in general?

Answer by Judie Brown on 04-05-2014:

Dear LMF

Right now, as we speak, our office is working with the new leadership of CRS to try to solve all the problems that you have learned about, so my advice to you is NOT to donate to CRS this year but hopefully stay tuned from some good news by the end of the year.

Pray for Archbishop Kurtz, new president of the USCCB and Archbishop Coakley, who is heading up the effort to clean up the CRS problems of the past.