In an interview with Salt+Light TV, Archbishop James Weisgerber, president of the Canadian Bishops’ Conference revealed the key finding of the investigation into Development & Peace:
I can assure you that in the report, the bishops found very clearly that there was no evidence that Development and Peace in any way funded abortion-related activities. And, in fact, that’s not the allegation. The allegation is that they funded partners who were involved. And that also, there is no evidence of that. Now they could have been involved with other groups who were doing things. That may be. But we have very clear guidelines within Catholic moral theology around how we do that. Because we’re faced with that everywhere. The leadership of the Catholic Church wants the Church involved with other people, even people who don’t agree with us, provided that the disagreement that they have with us not be supported in any way or be given umbrage by our presence there. So it’s always kind of a prudential thing. But there’s no evidence that any of that has gone on in Mexico.
The investigation into D&P was as a result of slanderous claims by highly politicized anti-abortion groups. Watch the episode of Zoom on Salt+Light. Select the June 19 show.