Thursday, November 26, 2009

50 U.S. Catholic Dioceses Contributed To Maine Marriage Battle

Anyone who doesn't believe that the Roman Catholic Church has become a leader in anti-gay discrimination and supporter of intertwining religion and the civil laws need only read this article at the National Catholic Reporter that looks at Catholic contributions for the effort to deprive Maine residents of marriage equality. I believe that it is increasingly import for those of us raised in Catholic families to engage in conversations with family members urging them to stop donating money to the Catholic Church. If some of the elderly like my own mother want to attend mass, that's fine - just do NOT put money in the collection basket. Better yet, as mentioned on a past post on PHB, instead of money, put a note in the collection envelop explaining why no money is enclosed in light of the Church's jihad against LGBT family members. More than anything else, the Catholic Church worships money. We need to hit them where it really counts. Here are some highlights from the NCR story (the full list of contributions can be viewed here):
After Portland, Maine, the largest diocesan contributors were the Philadelphia archdiocese and Phoenix diocese, each giving $50,000. The sees of Newark, N.J., St. Louis, Mo., and Youngstown, Ohio, each contributed $10,000. The Diocesan Assistance Fund of Providence, R.I., gave $10,000.00. Contributing $5,000 were the dioceses of Arlington, Va., Rockford, Ill., Crookston, Minn., and Pittsburgh, Pa. The Roman Catholic Foundation in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Inc. donated $2,500. Contributing $2,000 were the diocese of Portland, Ore., Jefferson City, Mo., Savannah, Ga., and the archdiocese of New Orleans. The Columbus, Ohio, diocese gave $1,500. Contributing $1,000 were the archdioceses of Cincinnati, Ohio, Hartford, Hartford, Conn., and Atlanta, Ga., and the dioceses of Fort Worth, Texas, Green Bay, Wis., Ft. Wayne-South Bend, Ind., Baton Rouge, La., Colorado Springs, Colo., Gary, Ind., Parma, Ohio, Erie, Pa., Joliet, Ill., Grand Island, Nebr., and the Diocesan Center for Family Life, Jacksonville, Fla.
The financial report says the bishop of Fall River, Mass., donated $5,000; the archbishop of Mobile, Ala., gave $2,000, and the bishops of Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va., Louisville, Ky., and Springfield, Mass., each donated $1,000. Individual bishops were named in the financial report. Giving $1,000 were Richard Lennon of Cleveland, Ohio, and William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn. Giving $500 were Herbert Brevard of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and John D'Arcy of Fort Wayne, Ind. Giving $250 were Jose Gomez of San Antonio, Texas, and John LeVoir of New Ulm, Minn. Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., gave $200.

The anti-family Knights of Columbus - which has never demanded accountability from the Church hierarchy in respect to the cover ups of sexual abuse of minors - donated $50,000.00.

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