Investigation of Catholic Relief Services finds no evidence of misconduct

CRS-logoFollowing allegations made last month that Catholic Relief Services in Madagascar was providing contraceptives and abortifacients, Church officials and an internal investigation by CRS have found no evidence of practices that violate Church teaching.

The allegations were made following a report by the Population Research Institute, a well-respected organization that researches population-control activities throughout the world. PRI made these allegations in a report last month, after a contracted PRI investigator studied CRS’s involvement with the SanteNet2 program, a program that aimed to improve community-level health services in most of Madagascar.

Following these allegations, investigations were conducted by Church officials in Madagascar and the United States, and an internal investigation was conducted by CRS. Both investigations found the allegations made by PRI to be untrue, that they were the result of confusion on the part of those interviewed by the PRI investigator. It was acknowledged that complaints had been made that CRS healthcare workers were providing abortifacient drugs, but the investigation found that the healthcare workers in question were not actually CRS employees.

Shannon Senefeld, director of program impact and quality assurance for CRS, said,

“CRS is very clear that we do not support or promote either abortion or contraception.”

Read the special report at the National Catholic Register.

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