Monday, March 31, 2014

Kenyan bishops call on Catholics to stop funding contraception-providing Free the Children clinic

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 31, 2014 ( – Kenya’s bishops have called on Catholics in Canada and the USA to cease funding a clinic in their country run by secular charity Free the Children, which frequently partners with Catholic schools, because the clinic provides contraceptives.

The bishops also contest Free the Children’s claim that the government mandates health facilities to provide contraceptives.

“Considering the evil caused to families and society in Kenya by the use of contraception, Catholic Bishops in Kenya through Catholic Health Commission of KCCB request that donors in Canada and the United States direct their generosity to Catholic health facilities and not to contraception-distributing institutions and programmes such as Free the Children’s Baraka Medical Centre,” the bishops state in a March 26 letter addressed to one Ottawa resident and other “Christians of good will.”

The letter, published on the Socon or Bust blog, was written by Bishop Paul Kariuki Njiru, chairman of the Catholic Health Commission of Kenya.

The letter comes as concerned Catholic parents in Ottawa have been urging the Ottawa Catholic School Board to end its partnership with Free the Children because of abundant evidence that the charity offers and promotes “family planning” in its clinics and programs.  (more...)

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