Saturday, March 30, 2013

Mexican pro-life leader denounces funding of pro-abortion groups by Catholic Relief Services

by Matthew Hoffman, Latin America Correspondent

March 28, 2013 ( - Jorge Serrano Limon, leader of Mexico's most influential pro-life organization, has denounced the decision of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops' international aid organization, to fund two organizations opposing pro-life laws and advocating the decriminalization and government provision of abortion.

Serrano Limon, who heads Mexico's National Pro-Life Committee, told that the two organizations, the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights Center (FRAYBA), and the Center for Reflection and Action on Labor Issues (CEREAL), are "obviously pro-abortion," and said he was sure that American bishops are not aware of the funding.

"The two groups are obviously pro-abortion, and they aren't Church groups or they're Church groups but are completely sidetracked," Serrano Limon told

"Abortion is an unspeakable crime, and it isn't possible that the bishops could be financing this kind of group," he said. "It's necessary to inform the bishops, because I think that if they are informed they're going to withdraw support from those groups."

He added that continuing to support such organizations could have a negative impact on the right to life in Mexico.

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"It's very dangerous," said Serrano Limon.

As this news agency reported in February, Catholic Relief Services listed FRAYBA and CEREAL as "partners" on its website.

In response to an inquiry by in December 2012, John Rivera of Catholic Relief Services stated that CRS' relationship with FRAYBA ended in 2011 – but he refused to explain why the organization continued to be listed as a "partner" on the website, or to answer questions about other groups in Mexico and Latin America funded by CRS.

Rivera admitted that CRS has known about the two groups' signatures on a declaration advocating the legalization of abortion since 2009, but continued to fund them at the time, because they claimed that "they neither advocate for nor condone abortion in any way."

However, Rivera did not say if the groups admitted promoting the legalization of abortion and its provision by the government, as well as opposing pro-life state constitutional amendments, all of which has documented.

Rivera also stated that he would be inquiring with the Jesuit Province of Mexico regarding CEREAL, which is under the order's supervision, a claim CRS repeated following's exposé in February. However, CRS has not given any further information about the matter since that time. It has, however, completely removed the web page listing its partners in Mexico, a copy of which can be found here.

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