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Catholic Charities USA works comfortably with gay lobbyist

Catholic World News - July 15, 2011

The Washington office of Catholic Charities USA has contracted with a lobbying firm owned by a noted gay activist, a homosexual-oriented newspaper in the nation’s capital reports.

For the 12-month period ending in April, Catholic Charities USA paid nearly $500,000 to the Sheridan Group, headed by gay activist Tom Sheridan. Although the lobbying group’s work for Catholic Charities did not involve gay-rights issues—it was devoted to anti-poverty campaigns—the Washington Blade story quotes homosexual activists as saying that the Catholic Charities office is sympathetic to their concerns.

Sister Jeannine Gramick, the founder of New Ways Ministry—a group whose work was censured first by the Vatican in 1999 and then by the US bishops’ conference in 2010--gave the Blade this assessment of Catholic Charities USA: “I feel they personally are pro-gay but they can’t do this publicly.”

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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Jul. 18, 2011 5:24 PM ET USA

    I feel as if my comments have a consistent theme week after week, month after month - prayer to follow our Lord's teachings and the question: who is in charge and responsible for immediate correction of behavior contrary to Catholic doctrine?

  • Posted by: GabrielAustin9013 - Jul. 16, 2011 12:50 PM ET USA

    To whom within the Church is "Catholic" Charities answerable? Its well-reimbursed chief officer [$150,000], Fr. Larry [sic] Snyder, is a Jesuit priest.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jul. 16, 2011 12:07 AM ET USA

    This is wrong on so many levels...1/2m dollars of charity donations given to a known gay activist defended by a "sister" whose assessment, if correct, only serves to reinforce the rationale to be careful who you give your money to.

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