By Michael Hichborn
Earlier this week, the Lepanto Institute revealed that the president of the World Meeting of Families had donated thousands of dollars to political candidates that thoroughly support abortion and same-sex “marriage. He even donated $1,000 to a candidate who founded a Planned Parenthood facility in Philadelphia, and served as its executive director for 13 years.Even after repeated attempts to speak with Ken Gavin, the Archdiocesan Communications Director, through the phone and by email about this matter, the Archdiocese chose to ignore these attempts..
....Since the Communications department for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has decided to continue to ignore the information provided by the Lepanto Institute and instead chose to slander our intentions, we have no choice but to publish the rest of our findings.
After receiving a tip about the president of the World Meeting of Families, the Lepanto Institute investigated members of the Executive Cabinet, finding that several of them have worked very hard against Catholic moral teaching on matters pertaining to life and marriage. Several members of the leadership team, including honorary co-chairs, co-chairs of the leadership cabinet and cabinet members either promote abortion and homosexuality themselves, or they are presidents and CEOs of companies that do.
While it may be understandable that such a large event would require planners to work with individuals who attack the Church, that doesn’t mean they should be given honorary titles or places of prominence in the event itself. For example, while the annual March for Life in Washington, DC certainly requires a lot of planning, coordination and permissions from local officials, the pro-abortion mayor of Washington, DC’s name has never appeared on any March for Life Literature.
Even the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has an official policy regarding the provision of awards, honors and platforms for individuals who actively and openly defy Catholic moral teaching. The policy is:
“The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”
Considering the positions taken by the following individuals listed as members of the leadership of the World Meeting of Families, either by themselves or as leaders of their companies, the World Meeting of Families should strongly consider removing their names from the website and published materials. All of this information was sent to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, but no response from the Archdiocese was provided by press time.
WMOF 01Tom Wolf
Is reported to be “the first governor in the history of the country who was also a former Planned Parenthood clinic escort.”
Wolf appointed a Planned Parenthood executive to his transition team.
Wolf’s nominee for Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortes is responsible for the failure to take swift action against the notorious abortionist, Kermit Gosnell.
Wolf is an active supporter and promoter of same-sex “marriage.”
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards gave a 2 minute video plug for Tom Wolf as he ran for governor.
WMOF 02Michael Nutter
Following the trials of Kermit Gosnell, Nutter touted the “safe” abortions women had access to in Philadelphia.
In 2011, Nutter launched a massive campaign to distribute condoms to teenagers.
In January of 2015, Nutter himself conducted a same-sex “marriage” of two Israeli diplomats.
Executive Leadership Cabinet Co-Chairs
WMOF 03.1David L. Cohen
Raised $1.2 million for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.
Is planning to host a fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton.
Is on the advisory board of the racist, pro-abortion, pro-same-sex ‘marriage’, National Council of La Raza.
In 2011, put LGBT activist Mark Segal on the Join Diversity Council for Comcast, telling him, “Mark, you of all people in the LGBT community should appreciate this opportunity to create change in the media.”
In 2013, Cohen did a video interview with Mark Segal on the LGBT diversity project, singing the praises of homosexuality
WMOF 04Brian L. Roberts
Works with Cohen, and is also a promoter and in a leadership position of the Joint Diversity Council of Comcast.
More on Roberts and the Joint Diversity Council
With Brian L. Roberts’ support, Comcast “offers special multicultural programming collections that inform and entertain, both On Demand and Online. These collections include … LGBT Pride Month.”
As CEO of Comcast, Roberts is responsible for Comcast contributions to the racist, pro-abortion, pro-homosexual National Council of La Raza, the pro-abortion Center for American Progress, and the pro-abortion Girls Inc.
Executive Leadership Cabinet Members
WMOF 05Denise Morrison
She is the President and CEO of Campbell’s Soup.
To show the connection, here is an article on Campbell’s Soup’s website about volunteering at the 2015 World Meeting of Families.
In 2009, Campbell’s Soup ran ads depicting homosexual “families.“
In 2011, Campbell’s Soup was listed as a supporter of Planned Parenthood.
In 2014, Campbell’s Soup was listed as one of the “best places to work for LGBT equality“
In 2012, Campbell’s Soup sponsored a homosexual event in Philadelphia.
WMOF 06Eric Foss
President and CEO of Aramark since 2012, and soon-to-be chairman of the board as well:
In 2014, Aramark earned 100% on the Human Rights Campaign’s LGBT workplace equality scorecard.
Aramark received similar marks in 2013.
Aramark was one of the 379 companies signing an Amicus Brief asking the Supreme Court to rule in favor of same-sex “marriage”
At a time when advocates for abortion, contraception, same-sex “marriage” and all manner of evil are pressing their attack against the Catholic Church and the very nature of TRUE families, such advocates should not be given any honorary positions or positions of leadership in any capacity at a Catholic event; especially one focused on upholding the very things that these individuals and their corporations are seeking to destroy. The book of Wisdom speaks well to this very situation......