For Fiscal Year 2014-2015, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development provided a $50,000 grant to the Placer People of Faith Together (PPFT) through the diocese of Sacramento, California.
Summary of Problems
- The president of PPFT is a radical feminist who actively supports “women’s reproductive rights” and fought to support the HHS contraception mandate.
Page 9 of the CCHD’s grants list for 2014-2015 identifies Placer People of Faith Together (PPFT) as having a received a $50,000 grant. At issue is the fact that the president of the organization is a radical feminist who actively promotes “women’s reproductive rights” and employer-supplied birth control.
Diana Madoshi wrote an article in 2009 titled, “Economic Prosperity and Access to Family Planning,” wherein she claimed that “Ignoring the importance of affordable family planning to the future prosperity of our nation’s economy will only come at a great price at a later date.” She also called upon readers to “voice your support for the Medicaid Family Planning State Option” and asked them to encourage others to do so as well.
Just this past year, Madoshi signed a petition in support of mandating employers to provide birth control coverage in health plans. Upon signing the petition, she said, “Women are not slaves! They should make the decisions on their bodies. This had nothing to do with work ablility. They don’t tell men what to do with their medications like Viagra.”
In 2007, Madoshi wrote a letter to the editor for the Placer County Herald. In her letter, she strongly rebuked “the right-wing machine that abhors contraception and choice.”
On facebook, Madoshi was even more brash about supporting public-funding of birth control.
On a facebook post by the National Organization for Women, which called for access to abortion, birth control and same-sex “marriage,” Madoshi commented, “I vote to voice my choicesand to honor the women and men who fought for me to have this right and responsibility! For the present and the future!!“
In March of 2014, Madoshi posted a link to an article that said, “What do Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court, your boss, and birth control have in common? These puppets explain it all. On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether bosses like Hobby Lobby’s CEO can make health care decisions for women. Check out this video and pass it along to your friends to fight back.”
The video linked to in this post attempts to portray the Hobby Lobby decision as a “bosses” right to deny birth control to employees.
Madoshi is a regional coordinator for the California Women’s Agenda (CAWA), a radical, pro-abortion and pro-contraception organization.
According to the Health Policy positions of CAWA, one of the recommended actions for CAWA in 2005 was to “Defend and monitor the state of California’s current reproductive health and access to Choice.”
According to CAWA, County coalitions (headed by regional coordinators, like Madoshi) “use the 1996 CAWA Plan of Action as their framework for action on critical concerns and policy issues.”
CAWA’s goals indicated in the CAWA Plan of Action (mentioned above) include securing low-cost abortions, providing condom machines in school bathrooms, providing abortion training, requiring access to birth control and abortion in the second trimester, and forcing Catholic hospitals to provide tubal ligations. (excerpts takes from pages 19, 20, and 21):
PPFT received its grant through the approval of the Diocese of Sacramento, which is Bishop Jamie Soto’s diocese. In 2012, Bishop Soto ended funding for an organization called Francis House, because its director performed same-sex marriages and advocated for so-called “abortion rights.” Faith Whitmore, the director of Francis House, said “I have never represented any of those positions on behalf of Francis House.” But this did not suffice as a defense for Bishop Soto. From the article:
In its letter to Whitmore, the Sacramento Diocese said it respects the work Francis House does and cannot expect every organization it supports financially to “actively promote Catholic teaching.”
“We can expect, however, that they or their leaders not publicly oppose Catholic teaching and that, unfortunately, is the situation in which we find ourselves,” the letter reads.
The president of Placer People of Faith Together has made her support of contraception and abortion very clear and quite public. As the president of an organization, she represents that organization, even when voicing her own personal opinion. It is scandalous for the Catholic Church to fund an organization whose head is this outspoken against matters of morality so critically opposed to the Church’s social and moral teaching. Given Bishop Soto’s swift denial of funds to Francis House for the public beliefs of its president, he should take the exact same action against PPFT.