When someone tells you that, despite some of the recent problems in the Catholic Church, the Church is still a force for good, show them this article.
It’s evidence of how their hatred of gay people, cloaked in “loving” religious beliefs, has caused them to take money away from a charity for the homeless… because a bishop working with the group supported gay marriage in Maine.
Preble Street’s Homeless Voices for Justice program has lost $17,400 this year and will lose $33,000 that it expected for its next fiscal year.
Homeless Voices for Justice, a statewide advocacy group, is led by people who have been homeless. It works on issues that affect the homeless, such as supporting affordable housing and preventing violence against the homeless.
Portland-based Preble Street, which runs a dozen programs to provide housing and other services for the poor and the homeless, provides staff support for Homeless Voices for Justice.
In December, Catholic Charities Maine, which is led by [Bishop Richard] Malone, sent a letter to Preble Street asking it to return $2,400 that the diocese had granted for the Homeless Voices for Justice program.
“We regret the collaboration must end at this time,” wrote Sandra Thompson of Catholic Charities Maine, who coordinated the distribution of the church’s local anti-poverty funds. “Accountability to the Catholic community requires this.”
Now, they care about accountability? That’s laughable.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland is willing to de-fund a charity for the hungry and homeless because a key member believes in equal rights for gay people.
Just when you thought the Church couldn’t get any more despicable.
(Thanks to Alex for the link)