CRS Responds to Lepanto Institute Allegations about CRS Rice Bowl

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Catholic Relief Services represents the Catholic community in the US and in more than 100 countries around the world helping 100 million people each year. This work is carefully reviewed by a board of bishops and by a committee of moral theologians to ensure that it is consistent with Catholic teaching. Every misleading message included in the latest Lepanto posting has been thoroughly reviewed by CRS staff, as well as bishops and moral theologians. So it is disappointing and disturbing that this group continues to repeat the same discredited claims and mislead the faithful in an attempt to breed discontent and distract from the wonderful work Catholics are accomplishing around the world. As the Administrative Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said in 2013, these groups ‘do not speak for the Catholic Church and we advise the Catholic faithful to exercise caution and consult the CRS website for clarification before endorsing or giving credence to the groups’ critiques.’ We stand by this counsel.