Don’t ask me why. Don’t ask me why Mormons want to change Utah and America. Don’t ask me if the Mormons have run out of poor Americans to help. Don’t ask me if the Mormons know that almost all Syrians coming to the US are Muslims. Don’t ask me if they know that Syrians and Somalis can’t be properly vetted. Don’t ask me why the Catholic bishops don’t insist on resettling persecuted Christians. It is all a great mystery.
What isn’t a great mystery is that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Migration and Refugee Services is 97% taxpayer funded.
Does it need the Mormon money too? (I guess you can never have enough money.)
Here is the good news for the Bishops from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services is receiving a $1.25 million grant from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to aid in its refugee resettlement efforts once the newcomers arrive in the United States.
The Mormons, as the denomination’s adherents are popularly known, have refugee processing capabilities overseas, said MRS executive director Bill Canny, but do not offer domestic resettlement services.
Canny told Catholic News Service that this is the first time in memory that the Mormons have made such a gift to an agency within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, although Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops’ overseas aid and development organization, has received grants from the Mormons dating to the Ethiopian famine more than 30 years ago.
Grants of this nature, of this size, Canny added, don’t often happen, “not often enough.”
Canny said the Mormons had conducted a successful fundraising drive to aid Syrian refugees. Afterward, “they then approached nine resettlement agencies***, offering each of them a gift to help with resettling refugees currently. So they got in touch with us as one of the resettlement agencies. We began to discuss how to distribute the money and the in-kind goods, and we wrote a small project for them, and they agreed to it and gave us the go-ahead.”
Of the $1.25 million, $425,000 is in cash while the remaining $800,000 is an in-kind contribution from the Mormons, according to Canny.
You can thank the Bishops for the thousands of Rohingya coming to a town near you! See here. See especially Esar Met, convicted of murder in Salt Lake City, UTAH.
***Since I’ve been writing about the taxpayer funding that the resettlement contractors received in 2014, here is what the US Bishops got. Screenshot of page 10 from their Annual Report for 2014 (maybe they have a Form 990, but I can’t readily find one).
If you are checking my math, you need to add the federal grants line to the travel loan collection fees because those fees are really your money too. The contractors collect the airfare loan money (that you loaned the refugees) and keep a cut of it for themselves. The loan money does not all return to the US Treasury.
By the way, individual Catholic Charities may be getting additional federal/state or local grants. I suggest you visit USA Spending.gov and look up your local Catholic diocese or Catholic Charities. Click here. You will be amazed at what you find.
Cut off their federal funding and they would be out of business!