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Catholic Church Dumps Homeless Shelter in Sacramento Because Director Supports Gay Marriage, Abortion Rights

Francis House, a homeless shelter in Sacramento, has had its funding pulled from the city's Catholic Diocese because its new director supports same-sex marriage and abortion rights, the Sacramento Bee reports:

WhitmoreIn a letter last month, the diocese's director of social services said the Rev. Faith Whitmore's public statements on the issues clash with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Therefore, said the Rev. Michael Kiernan, the social services director, it is "impossible for the diocese to continue funding Francis House" as part of its annual Catholic Appeal.

Each morning, dozens of poor people line up at Francis House, in Sacramento's homeless services epicenter on C and 14th streets, for help with basic services such as housing and transportation. Now in its 42nd year, the organization is one of the largest homeless services agencies in the Sacramento region, serving upward of 25,000 people. It has an annual budget of about $500,000.

For at least two decades, Francis House has received annual donations from the diocese ranging from $7,500 to $10,000, said Michael Miiller, a member of the agency's corporate advisory board.

Said Whitmore (pictured): "I have never represented any of those positions on behalf of Francis House. I was speaking as an individual. So for me, this came out of the blue."

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  1. What would Jesus do? He'd start by blowing the RCC to smithereens I'm guessing. Always so Christlike. Can someone please explain to me how three very poorly translated passages in the bible became the be all end all of religious obsession?

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Mar 8, 2012 9:58:51 AM

  2. Wonderful, good Catholic, Christian examples.

    I seem to remember something like.......
    ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

    Read and interpret the Bible as it suits you.
    I just can't seem to remember reading somewhere Christ discriminating.

    Posted by: Paul | Mar 8, 2012 10:03:30 AM

  3. The Church leadership is awful!

    In DC, during our marriage equality debate the Diocese and local Catholic Charities leadership made similar threats. But for our city, it wasn't much of a threat, because the Church actually gets city money for the bulk of their "charity." And when they made these threats, our city council members responded that they'd happily find other organizations to funnel support through for adoption, homeless and medical services. Other organizations exist that won't put strings on their work. Groups like the Salvation Army and the Catholic Church pretend to be about service, but those activities to often are really fronts for their evangelical activities...Linking services to the homeless and hungry to such things should be criminal. Shame on them.

    I remember one DC council member asking the head of Catholic Charities if they would still be able to afford his $400K salary without city money. He refused to answer the question. What would Jesus do? Indeed.

    Posted by: Guy from DC | Mar 8, 2012 10:11:00 AM

  4. As a Catholic, I am more disheartened each and every day by such unChristian behavior. Politics and religion are fusing into one hateful doctrine.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 8, 2012 10:11:50 AM

  5. I just donated to them in dedication of all former catholics that know better.

    Posted by: MarkG | Mar 8, 2012 10:15:33 AM

  6. Tax all churches, income, property no more free rides or free water and free city services. I'm sick to death of those organized criminal syndicates bilking fools, raping children and abusing women while, and stomping on the LBGTQ community while preaching pious politics from the pulpit. They were granted tax exempt status to keep their mouths shut when it comes to matters of political discourse and that deal was broken, by them and all bets should be off. If they want to keep talking politics after they are made to pay their fair share of the actual cost of their usage of our commons, (not the least of which is the courts used to convict their child molesters and the jails to house them) have at it but their actions should have consequences.

    Posted by: Dave | Mar 8, 2012 10:18:49 AM

  7. Welp, Francis House just got $50 from me, on behalf of people sick and tired of the Catholic Church's singular focus on where people are putting their penises (execept for the priests, of course, that gets handily ignored) instead of on the glaring social injustice, violence, brutality, fear, and despair that surrounds them. Dorothy Day would be ashamed.

    Posted by: NaughtyLola | Mar 8, 2012 10:19:14 AM

  8. They should be ashamed of themselves. Why take out your politics on desperate people who need help?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 8, 2012 10:20:30 AM

  9. Let me get this straight. The Catholic Church is going to throw countless homeless people, who depend on this shelter for their very survival under the bus, because the Director of this shelter has the gaull to to express a personal opininion that doesn't correspond to their teachings?

    Beyond contemptibe.

    Posted by: mytwocents | Mar 8, 2012 10:23:46 AM

  10. Proof that the churches are more interested in pushing their political agendas than they are helping people. They are morally bankrupt, disgusting organisations.

    They are not charitable, they are political and should be treated as such.

    Posted by: Rovex | Mar 8, 2012 10:26:55 AM

  11. More proof that Christians don't care one bit about charity. Their so-called charity is just a means to spread their dogma and to convert desperate people

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 8, 2012 10:33:32 AM

  12. No real surprise. These people hate gay people and hate everyone who doesn't follow in lockstep with their chosen moral viewpoints than they actually follow any Godly principles. They simply do not care.

    And as we're clearly seeing, the more progress as a community we're making, the backlash against us is starting to REALLY rev up. Expect millions to be hurt by this backlash, because if we're seeing Catholics willing to dump the homeless on the streets and deny communion to the daughter of a recently deceased mother at her mothers' funeral, then it's clear these people will do ANYTHING to make a statement. They have absolutely no shame.

    Posted by: Francis | Mar 8, 2012 10:37:18 AM

  13. It's just another black-eye for Catholic "Catholicism" and their ignorance towards others. Do as I say, not as I do. What I call "a la carte" religion; They pick and choose what they want to preach and forget everything else. An example; Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself. Unless their Black, Gay, Poor, Homeless, etc.

    Posted by: Anthony Commarata | Mar 8, 2012 10:44:25 AM

  14. @Dave: You said, "They were granted tax exempt status to keep their mouths shut when it comes to matters of political discourse".

    Actually, they are granted tax exempt status to do charitable works. If they stop doing charitable works to pursue a political agenda, they should be required to pay taxes like everyone else.

    This latest example is purely vindictive and deserves a response from the city in the form of loss of tax exemption.

    Posted by: RWG | Mar 8, 2012 10:50:41 AM

  15. Looks like it is the Catholic Church declaring war on "non-believers", if by non-believer you mean anyone who does not agree with every Church Doctrine. I may be mistaken, but isn't this how the Reformation started?

    Posted by: Adam Mathias | Mar 8, 2012 11:04:11 AM

  16. I just made a $100 donation to the organization and thanked them for their services, while saying I support their director - not acts of discrimination.

    Posted by: Walter H | Mar 8, 2012 11:43:17 AM

  17. probably more to do with Rev. Faith being a Rev. + female + non catholic herself (being a rev and all)= the catholic diocese kicking the poor via scapegoating the evil gays and pro-choicers

    They can't come out and say we do not like ordained women and think such is satanic/ evil

    Posted by: say what | Mar 8, 2012 11:48:34 AM

  18. PS dave and rwg you are both wrong

    tax exempt status goes all the way back to the days of the roman empire

    pre xtianity being the religion of the empire all religions, temples, etc paid taxes directly to the emperor himself ( where the emperor's got their $ as Pontif of all rome = highest high priest of all roman religions)............xtianity became the state religion and the emperors needed the power of the church to puff up the flagging power of the empire so cut a deal to give tax exempt status to the 1 and only church allowed to live = catholic church

    xtian churches were tax exempt ever after through the dark ages etc and after the enlightenment synagogues etc were also allowed such status and it is the world trend to have such

    It sucks and all religions etc should pay taxes to pay for the troops and infrastructure that allow their crazy to exist unmolested /peacefuly

    Posted by: say what | Mar 8, 2012 11:53:12 AM

  19. Yep, They just got $100 from my partner and I too. Dedicated to "Those who are disgusted by the very un-Christianlike behavior of the Catholic church in pulling your funding."

    Let's hope that enough of us have the means to donate. It doesn't take very many domations like this to make up for the paltry $7.5k-$10k that the Catholic church pulled away.

    Disgusted doesn't BEGIN to express how I feel about this kind of behavior...

    Posted by: Scott V | Mar 8, 2012 12:12:56 PM

  20. That's IT!!!! It's war with the Catholic Church! Anyone on this post who still says their Catholic/Christian STAND UP TO THESE BASTARDS! Confront your Priests face to face! Write letters to your Bishops! Tell your families and friends what's happening!This is SICKENING!

    Posted by: Jeff R. | Mar 8, 2012 4:32:43 PM

  21. So, in sum, it's more important to the Catholic Church to be homophobic than to feed and house homeless people. Just checking....

    Posted by: Rich | Mar 8, 2012 4:58:38 PM

  22. The Catholic church at their best.

    Posted by: jaragon | Mar 8, 2012 6:00:58 PM

  23. CATHLOLIC BISHOPS originated the Prop 8 campaign by calling in the morholes from Utah.
    They are on the move to kill marriage and any discussions


    Posted by: Bob | Mar 8, 2012 8:16:48 PM

  24. This is sickening...I grew up Catholic, my mum is a staunch one, but every day I see more and more reasons why I should sever ties with that organization. Say it how you want, look at it from any angle, the answer is the same. The Church has seriously fallen off in terms of "christian morals". Nowadays, it is non-christians that are championing christian beliefs like charity, love and forgiveness. The church is becoming more and more hateful, vengeful, wicked and subversive. This may seem like some regular hate post, but I'm actually broken-hearted, sitting here in front of my laptop. Christians, please don't think that holding a Bible makes you better in God's eyes or will guarantee heaven for you. Only true love can save. And that means unconditional, unmerited love. Since "Christians" can't do even this, perhaps I will find a new name to describe what I am. But, most of all, I am ashamed.

    Posted by: Deee! | Mar 8, 2012 8:31:18 PM

  25. Most of the Catholic church's charity money comes from government. While money from parishioners goes to line the pockets of the hierarchy and build temples to mammon.

    Posted by: David R. | Mar 8, 2012 11:05:29 PM

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