Catholic Diocese Puts Bigotry Before Service – Ends Funding For Homeless Shelter For Director’s Opinions

The Catholic Church, despite its controversies and out of touch views, has a long history of doing good in the world, especially in their efforts to help the poor. Unfortunately, it seems lately, that they are letting their oppressive political views take precedence over their charitable deeds.

The Sacramento, CA Catholic Diocese has announced that they will no longer fund Francis House, an organization that assists homeless people with job services, transportation, emergency shelter, etc., because the new director, Rev. Faith Whitmore, is an outspoken advocate of gay rights and a woman’s right to choose.

From the Sacramento Bee:

The Catholic Diocese of Sacramento no longer will fund programs at Francis House, a nonprofit agency that serves homeless people, because of its new director’s views supporting abortion rights and gay marriage.

In 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.

Rev. Whitmore is an ordained Methodist Pastor as well as a long time advocate for the rights of the disenfranchised.

To donate to the Francis House, please click here. The address and phone number of the Sacramento diocese are:

Diocese of Sacramento
Pastoral Center
2110 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 733-0100


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