Catholic Church Threatens Colorado Immigrant Aid Group because It Supports Gay Rights

The Catholic Church is threatening to cut off aid to Compañeros, an immigrant rights group in Colorado, which, according to the NYT, "help(s) poor Hispanic immigrants with basic needs including access to health care and guidance on local laws."


The problem, the diocesan liaison explained, was Compañeros’s membership in an immigrant rights coalition that had joined forces with a statewide gay and lesbian advocacy group, recounted Nicole Mosher, Compañeros’s executive director. The Catholic Campaign, which doles out $8 million annually to about 250 groups nationwide, has been under increasing pressure from conservative Catholic groups to ensure that it is not unwittingly aiding organizations that run afoul of church positions on issues like birth control and marriage. While the amount lost is often relatively small, it can account for a significant chunk of a group’s budget.

The situation is similar to one in Maine in 2010, in which the Catholic Church in Maine, led by Bishop Richard Malone, cut off funding for Preble Street, a group that helps the homeless, as revenge for the group's support of the Maine "No on 1" campaign:

FourcornersThe NYT adds:

In Colorado, Compañeros is still waiting on the potential fallout. Last fall, the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, whose affiliation with Compañeros prompted the controversy, began a partnership with One Colorado. It was One Colorado’s support for civil unions that was at issue, Mr. McCloud said.

Theresa M. Trujillo, the vice president of the immigrant coalition’s board, said she was concerned at the “degrees of separation” that could lead to a loss of funds.

“The Catholic Church is punishing Compañeros for having a relationship with an organization that has a relationship with an organization whose mission it is to have equality for L.G.B.T. folks,” Ms. Trujillo said.

Compañeros Facebook page is here. More at With Charity for All.


  1. Steve says

    There is actually one huge difference. They aren’t directly supporting gay rights. They are affiliated with an organization that does. So they are one step removed from anything pro-gay

  2. says

    “The Catholic Church has made an offer of compromise; if two young boys between the ages of 7 and 12 from each of the outlying disticts are offered to the church as tribute, they may reconsider their actions. The Pope weighed in, suggesting boys that look like they walk paper-routes”

    Pathetic and shameful. We, the gays, get told things like “don’t boycott that company just because their corporate side donates to anti-gay causes” and here’s one more so-called “religious” charity that won’t be charitable if it’s connected to….another form of charity

    Jesus wept.

  3. David Hearn says

    The Catholic Church ( or the United Church Of Christ either) shouldn’t be funding illegal alien sympathy groups. Gay rights groups shouldn’t be aligning themselves with illegal alien groups.

  4. TJ says

    KIWI – Please, don’t be so disrespectful. You run the risk of being labeled – what was the word? – a “f*ckwit” (from the BYU “It gets Better” thread) because you say nasty things about religion, which makes gays look bad.

    Because the evil that religions do in the name of Jesus should never be called out.

    You are just a hater! I weep for your immortal soul.

  5. Henry says

    I’m pretty sure Jesus said in some form: “That which you do to the least of my people, you do unto me”. Doesn’t matter if it’s once, twice, or three times removed, the same applies. The Catholic church, in this and many similar gestures, continues to run afoul of the very teachings of Christ it claims to abide by. Seems like a lot of people side with that. Shameful!

  6. J Ascher says

    This isn’t surprising at all! Last year, the Diocese of Austin and the local Catholic university, St Edward’s, respectively denied a Jewish congregation permission to use a north Austin church for one of the Jewish group’s services (Yom Kippur, if I recall correctly) because the rabbi was in favor of abortion rights, separate from his role as rabbi and the university dis-invited a gay group that had previously participated in a non-Catholic fundraising event on campus because of the gay group’s support for marriage equality – something the group never mentioned at the event.

  7. says

    Canada’s then-Prime Minister Paul Martin was the Liberal Party leader, responsible for legalizing marriage equality across Canada. He was consistently receiving “open letters” from Catholics and Catholic Leaders damning him and threatening him with excommunication for his support of Marriage Equality.

    his answer was clear, simple, direct and honesty – he wasn’t elected to be a Catholic Representative running a Catholic Country, he was elected to be the Prime Minister of Canada. His own religious beliefs should in no way negatively affect the lives of the millions of Canadians who do not share those specific religious beliefs.

    I’m always stunned that these religious-charities dont’ have a problem with the “support” of religious/political groups that in fact promote what the bible says was the “Sin of Sodom” – greed, hoarding of wealth and provisions, and the idea that help and care are only for those who can financially afford it.

  8. Fahd says

    Is there no low to which the Roman Catholic church will not stoop?

    Its intolerance for internal dissent is Stalinesque.

    BTW, the Borgias are back on Easter – how perfect!

  9. Steve says

    We are talking about a church that for decades covered up the systematic rape of children and the theft and sale of newborn babies. A church that is responsible for millions of deaths in Africa due its advocacy against condoms.

    No, there is no crime that the Catholic Church won’t commit. Any other country that behaved like it does, would already have been invaded and its leaders tried for crimes against humanity

  10. jack says

    Much of what the Catholic Hierarchy does is reprehensible. However don’t forget that their are tens of thousands of Catholic layman, nuns, brothers and priests who labor every day to bring food, shelter, clothing and solice to their fellow Americans. Catholic Charities is the second largest social service provider in the USA, surpassed only by the Federal Government.

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  13. Mark says

    OK. How long has this crap been going on? Seems to me folks would learn and start shunning the catholic church and all of its mealy mouthed hatred. If you take the Pope’s money – you KNOW he and his haters will lord it over it you.