Notation by our Editor
We noted recently that we would from this point onwards consider publishing any threats our service received, especially those from certain people at the SACBC. We, unlike other Catholics in media, who i shall not mention by name, do believe in independence, and in being honest to our readers. Publishing this email, from our review of caselaw, we believe IS ACCEPTABLE in accordance with South African law, as is critical review of press releases. We WILL (for those who are not listening at the SACBC) continue to keep our audience up to date on these matters, especially as we feel our independence compromised- once more.
Notation By Marc Aupiais
Before noting the dispatch from the SACBC, we would like to note that our own appeal for donations asks that you donate to Catholic Relief Services (CRS): who the Vatican has asked to co-ordinate Catholic relief efforts, and who have for decades been on the ground in Haiti, and have a reliable record in natural disasters, rather than the Islamic Gift of the Giver organization, who we neither endorse, nor vouch for in any way. CRS, whom we have researched and believe are best suited to spend your money effectively of all the groupings on the ground: may be donated to here:
Your annotation above is unfortunate. Your stated motto is accuracy without harm. Catholic Relief Services is the US Bishops’ Conference relief service that is part of the international Catholic Charities Federation, known as CARITAS INTERNATIONALIS. Project Caritas in Southern Africa is Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference humanitarian Disaster fundraising project, part, too of the International Catholic Charities Federation, known as CARITAS INTERNATIONALIS. Project Caritas is therefore an official arm of the Catholic Bishops of Southern Africa. These Bishops have agreed to work with the ‘Gift of the Givers’ foundation. In fact, Project Caritas has arranged that the not insignificant AID from Gift of the Giver will be received in its entirety by CARITAS HAITI/ CRS Dominican Republic.
Your right to your own opinion is guaranteed by the constitution of the country. However, under the principles enshrined in Mt 18:15-17, I think you need to be cautious making comments and decisions without checking with the Principal. Your comments are incautious and inaccurate. In fact, the Holy Father has asked all Catholic Charities to work together on this – under the direction of CARITAS INTERNATIONALIS.
In future, if you do not agree with the content of our media, don’t publish them.
Fr Chris Townsend
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