Catholic Church Dumps Another Charity Due to LGBT Support

The Catholic Church has stopped supporting another charity because of support for LGBT rights, and this time the support is tangential.

Compañeros is a small charity helping Hispanics in Colorado with health care access and legal assistance. They are part of an immigrant rights coalition and that coalition has a relationship with a Colorado LGBT rights group.

That one-step removed relationship was enough to endanger funding from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, an arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops devoted to ending poverty.

According to the New York Times, it is pressure from conservative Catholics on the Catholic Campaign that is leading to funding being increasingly withdrawn from groups like Compañeros. A group called the American Life League is aggressively monitoring any charity which is linked in any way to gay marriage, abortion — or even contraception. It has 54 charities in its sights.

Nicole Mosher, Compañeros’s executive director, said:

We have no reason to believe that we are in any way going against Catholic teachings. If they are willing to defund our program based on an affiliation, it sends a clear message of divisiveness.

Despite the prospect of losing about half its budget, Compañeros is staying in the immigrant coalition. Said Mosher:

We can’t go against our core principles by taking money that we think will ultimately result in the division of this community.

Numerous other agencies have lost funding for supporting gay people. Last year, a Maine homelessness charity lost Catholic Campaign funding after supporting marriage equality.

It’s not just the Catholic Campaign’s money that’s being used to police those doing ‘good works’ whom the church is funding.

Last month, the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento withdrew funding from homeless charity the Francis House Center because of the personal views of the charity’s director. It was also revealed that Catholic Bishops were behind the defunding of Planned Parenthood by the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

In 2009, the Washington-area Catholic Archdiocese threatened to withdraw all social services if DC legalized gay marriage. That threat was withdrawn, but rather than be forced to cover same-sex spouses, Catholic Charities took away all spousal benefits. It also stopped its adoption program. Last year, Catholic charities in Illinois ended their taxpayer-funded adoption services rather than have to cater to gay couples following the state’s passage of civil unions.

However, reports the Times, there are Catholics fighting back. Catholics United, a social justice group based in Washington, has vowed to counter the pressure from conservative Catholics. James Salt, the group’s executive director, said it planned fundraising efforts this year so groups would not have to lean so heavily on money controlled by bishops.

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163 comments

jacqueline hayden

Bradford S, when your daughter is raped, remember to sell her to the rapist -- per the SAME bible.

Giorgi Macharashvili

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Bradford S.
Bradford S.3 years ago

First of all, I say HOORAY FOR THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, for having the guts & fortitude to stand up for what's right in GOD's eyes instead of taking the easy way out & hop on the p.c. bandwagon.

By the way Linda R., you refer to 'ALL GOD'S CHILDREN' as if everyone was a child of GOD, when in fact He (GOD) said that all are NOT His children.

Try reading what GOD said in Rom 9:8 for example. Jesus said in John 8:44 that some peoples father was the devil!

GOD said in the Bible that the things that "gays" do with each other are "abomination" (detestible) to Him in Lev 20:13 and all through Scripture, both Old & New Testament GOD said that those things were sinful & not to be done. For example; Genesis 13:13, Gen 18:20, Lev 18:20 & 24, Rom 1:32, I Cor 6:9 &10, I Tim 1:10, Jude 1:7 etc.

The perverts in Hollywood, the same ones that taught evryone, through movies & t.v. shows that fornication, adultery, robbery, all sorts of violence etc. are cool, have now taught a whole lot of immoral, sinful people (most of you) that the sins of homosexuality are also acceptable & cool.

You people are just having a hissy fit because you haven't been able yet to force the Catholic Church to cave in with your various methods of intimidation. Too bad for you.

Linda R.
Linda R.3 years ago

I was raised Catholic and raised my children that way as well. What I have taught my children is that we love ALL GOD's children. Not just the ones we are told to love. I am ashamed at the attitudes of the Bishops and hope that people realize not all Catholics are like this. When we all start being color blind, stop looking at sexual orientation and start looking at everyone as a person then we will have peace and acceptance.

Lynn Carin
Lynn Carin3 years ago

Noted.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin3 years ago

The catholic church is the richest organization in the world. And, still they have people (monks and nuns) living in poverty to get closer to "god". The vatican bank has been money laundering for decades. Opus Dei is catholic. Priests have been molesting children for centuries. Need I go on? Ban them and the rest of the religions and we will finally have a chance for peace!

Stanley J.
Stanley J.4 years ago

I mihgt add that the the third larest religion in the USA - about 10 million strong - is EX - Catholic.

do your part to bankrupt this corrupt and yes hatefilled institution. Oh that Jesus would return and tell all christians that the catholic church is basically a hate group, as they were a hate group against Jews and others in the past

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/30/7-reasons-catholics-leave-church-in-trenton-1-is-sex-abuse-crisis/comment-page-24/#comment-1149732

Stanley J.
Stanley J.4 years ago

Teh bottom line is that the catholic church hates anything and anyone who is involved with the word "gay"

its all just a new version of demonizing gay people. Just as over a milenia they demonized Jews and knowingly or not laid the foundation for the Holocaust.

the church btw is now run by a german pope who did this horrendous thing in 2009

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/erbe/2009/02/05/pope-should-excommunicate-holocaust-denying-bishop-williamson?msg=1 - comments

BTW besides the mess re the vatican bank here's whats likely to be the next great scandal of the church, its about how they "soul murdered gay kids", doing something that reminds me of Dr. Mengele in germany in the past

http://www.news.com.au/top-stories/dutch-catholic-church-castrated-boys-in-gay-treatment/story-e6frfkp9-1226306186339

Fred F.
Fred F.4 years ago

The institutions of government and religion that once commanded our respect have been corrupted by the right wing disease. Their fight to twist and pervert anything that can be used to influence and control people. When it comes from those who claim to represent God on earth, somehow it's just a bit more offensive. These Bishops and church bigshots are surely familiar enough with the many Biblical passages that condemn their activities and motives. How do you believe in God and then defy what you believe to be God's Word? There are many passages in the Book of Isaiah alone that clearly condemn this behavior.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal4 years ago

What happened to separation of church and state? Time to tax this political organization. Render unto God what is God's; render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. Don't forget to render unto Benedict what is Benedict's.