An influential national Catholic research and educational organization – Lepanto Institute – has recently issued a report, warning Catholics and other Christians against supporting Covenant House.

Founded in 1972 as shelter for homeless and runaway youth, ages 13 to 24 – the organization expanded into Anchorage in 1988, upon the invitation of the late Anchorage Archbishop Francis Hurley.

Once hailed as a leading national Catholic charitable outreach, the organization now facilitates abortions and cross-sex hormones for run-away and homeless youth, including those in Alaska.

Lepanto concludes that Covenant House is not an organization that any Catholic or pro-lifer should ever support.

The Feb. 26 Lepanto report points out that Covenant House chapters across the nation are now enabling abortions for young woman under their care, while also promoting the most extreme elements of LGBTQ gender ideology.

The report cites a recent Alaska Watchman article that details how a pro-life sidewalk counselor watched a Covenant House van shuttle a young women to the Anchorage Planned Parenthood this past summer. The Watchman also reported that the pro-lifer said a [Covenant House] staff person told her the outreach routinely takes young women to Planned Parenthood.

Lepanto noted that in 2019, a Church Militant report uncovered that Covenant House Michigan had taken a young girl to get an abortion in Detroit.

That same year, Covenant House in Washington, D.C., hired Angela Jones Hackley as its Chief Executive Officer. Hackley formerly worked as an educator and public relation officer for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business.

Additionally, Lepanto’s report noted that the Texas Covenant House lists Planned Parenthood as one of its official partners.

Coupled with Covenant House’s nationally-binding 2021 “Youth Inclusion Policy,” which affirms transgender identities and mandates that staff allow youth to use cross-sex hormones for “transitions,” Lepanto concludes that Covenant House is not an organization that any Catholic or pro-lifer should ever support.

“[G]iven what we found, it is 100% clear that Covenant House is NOT a Catholic organization, it doesn’t even come close to adhering to Catholic moral teaching, and it is absolutely NOT a safe organization to support with Catholic funds,” the organization stated. “What we provide is that Covenant House has a history of taking girls to abortion clinics, it has a universal policy forcing staff to address children by their ‘preferred pronouns’ and allowing them to dress in whatever manner is most comfortable to them, and it is providing and promoting all forms of contraception.”

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U.S. watchdog group says no Catholic or pro-lifer should ever support Covenant House

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.