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Catholic Church threatens to pull funding for poor in Illinois?

Catholic Church threatens to pull funding for poor in Illinois?

Mark Brown in the Chicago Sun TImes:

In an eye-opening display of hardball, the Catholic Church is threatening to cut off funding to local groups that work with the poor for being part of an immigrant rights coalition that endorsed legalizing same-sex marriages in Illinois.

The groups in question receive grants from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the anti-poverty arm of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops….

In the days that followed, church officials responded by contacting grant recipients affiliated with the immigration coalition and presenting them with a choice: Either withdraw from the coalition and renounce its gay marriage position or forget about the funding.

The article stresses that a decision has not yet been made…


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Chris H.

Even in our church there are people who choose to give to charities with single focus points instead of those that branch out into other areas the people don’t agree with. People who give to Doctors without Borders or a specific school, food bank, etc. instead of to the church where their money may go to lobbying for things they don’t agree with. People no longer give 10% to the church because they dole it out here and there. There are two main reasons our diocese does not give full “ask” to the national church: our budget has been consistently about $200,000 over actual giving for the last 2 reported years and churches are withholding funds so they aren’t supporting the lawsuits and gay or abortion lobbying that TEC does. If groups would stick to one focus, housing, food, etc. then everyone who wanted to help with that problem,no matter what religion/group could join in.

TEC has pulled support away from groups that don’t follow their progressive ideology, why be surprised that the RC’s do the same?


This is a hardy perennial. I first remember hearing about the Campaign for Human Development being under pressure to cut very distant ties with community groups whose positions differed from the hierarchy’s in the mid-90s. In those days it was about women’s reproductive rights. Those guys really don’t know how to co-exist in a morally plural society, but we have one.

Jan Adams


Here’s another report (w/o a login required):

Where the Illinois RC bishops’ treasure is, there are their hearts, also: NOT w/ the poor. Thanks for the clarification.

JC Fisher

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