Conservative icon Richard Viguerie is irked with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
He’s annoyed enough that he’s launched a nationwide campaign calling on fellow Catholics to withhold their annual gifts — usually collected on the third weekend of November.
At 78 years old, Viguerie is credited with creating the conservative coalition that elected Ronald Reagan and both Presidents Bush. It could be said he invented direct-mail fund-raising in the 1960s and 1970s. He was the brains behind Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority. His marriage of grassroots fund-raising and conservative politics brought evangelical Christians into the political process as never before in American history. George Magazine once wrote that his entering politics was one of the “defining political moments of the 20th century.”
He has been credited with helping a variety of conservative organizations grow powerful and get involved in political activism, think tanks, publications and election of candidates to the U.S. House and Senate, state legislatures and governors’ mansions.The Washington Post called him the “conservatives’ Voice of America.” The Washington Times listed him as one of 13 “Conservatives of the Century.”
Now he’s irked and is urging fellow Catholics nationwide to ignore appeals this weekend from their local bishops and parish priests — and to bypass the annual collection for the CCHD.