Probably the most surprising group holding to immoral ideologies is the Salvation Army. Most of us are aware of the good work done by the Salvation Army, but few people are aware that the Salvation Army promotes contraception and approves of abortion in cases of rape, incest, health of the mother and fetal deformity.The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters states their position clearly:[Salvation Army] accepts that termination of a pregnancy may be justified on certain limited grounds; that is, where, in the judgment of competent medical and allied staff, the pregnancy poses a serious threat to the life of the mother, or could result in irreversible physical injury to the mother.In cases of proven rape or legally defined incest an abortion may be justified because of the extent to which rape and incest violate the whole person. Termination of a pregnancy may also be justified where reliable diagnostic procedures determine that a foetal [sic] abnormality is present which is incompatible with life other than brief post-natal survival or where there is total absence of cognitive function.
Compare that with the Salvation Army-USA’s position statement:”[the Salvation Army] is opposed to abortion as a means of birth control, family planning, sex selection or for any reason of mere convenience to avoid the responsibility for conception. . . The Salvation Army recognizes tragic and perplexing circumstances that require difficult decisions regarding a pregnancy.
Such decisions should be made only after prayerful and thoughtful consideration, with appropriate involvement of the woman’s family and pastoral, medical and other counsel.
So how does this statement differ from the previous one? Basically, the Salvation Army-USA is saying the same thing, but in a slightly disingenuous manner. It has to be read very carefully to understand that the only abortions they oppose are those used for birth control, family planning, sex selection or convenience.Perhaps the Salvation Army-USA is somewhat bothered by their position on abortion or perhaps they are trying to fool their donors. Either way, their position was enough for my donations to cease years ago.
Taylor Marshall It is always somewhat surprising to find that some organizations often disguise themselves with the mantle of good meaning well-intentioned good. However, upon digging deeper, we often find a disturbing truth. The issue of the Salvation Army supporting abortion, in any fashion, is one such issue. There is no reason for a willful abortion. Similarly, Catholic organizations are not immune to the immoral. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is a controversial and particularly harmful group that holds support from the faithful, including some bishops, here in the United States despite being in favor of abortion and the like. In response, those bishops who are in full communion with Rome have standing orders not allowing for CCHD to seek donations during the second Offertory during Mass (at the very least). The response of these bishops to organizations that use good while supporting an intrinsic evil is one we should pay attention to and imitate. Be wary of all organizations that come asking for money for they may be wolves in sheep’s clothing.
While meeting the needs of the poor, the hungry, the disabled, the infirmed, and the marginalized is imperative, it is my hope people of good will give consideration to funding organizations that provide the necessary research, programs, and services without violating the teachings of the Church.If you are interested in donating to an organization doing research on birth defects, and you do not want your money going to the March of Dimes, you might want to consider the Michael Fund (http://www.michaelfund.org/).Other medical charities that do not violate the dignity of the human person include: the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute (http://www.bcpinstitute.org/), the Thomas Hartman Foundation for Parkinson Research (http://www.hartmanfoundation.org/), and Easter Seals (www.easterseals.com).If you want your donations to support morally acceptable programs assisting victims of natural disasters, poverty and/or other unfortunate circumstances, please consider giving to Catholic Charities (www.ccrfd.org), Society of St. Vincent de Paul (www.svdpusa.org), the Knights of Columbus (www.kofc.org), Peter’s Pence (www.usccb.org/ppc), and Catholic Relief Services (www.catholicrelief.org).You might be surprised at the many wonderful programs and services these organizations provide-all in accordance with Church teaching.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit which does not confess Jesus is not of God. This is the spirit of antichrist, of which you heard that it was coming, and now it is in the world already. Little children, you are of God, and have overcome them; for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world, therefore what they say is of the world, and the world listens to them. We are of God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and he who is not of God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
— 1 John 4:1-6