The power of the laity’s pocketbook to respond positively when the hierarchy reacts negatively was front and center this week in Colorado.
Regular readers of this blog may remember that back in April, Bondings 2.0 reported that Compañeros, an immigrant social service agency in Durango, Colorado, was denied $30,000 of funding from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development by the Diocese of Pueblo because they participate in a social justice coalition which includes a gay-rights advocacy group.
” ‘A lady from Florida sent us $3. A man in England donated $1,000, and we’ve had everything in between,” [Compañeros’ Executive Director Nicole] Mosher said. ‘It was totally unexpected and amazing.’
‘The Gill Foundation, one of the largest funders of civil-rights activism for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, told Compañeros it would provide a matching grant of $30,000 if it could raise the first $30,000. Both have occurred.”
Equally significant is that money was raised by WithCharityforAll.org, a fund established with the help of the social justice group Catholics United. (Bondings 2.0 encouraged readers to support WithChairtyforAll.org’s campaign).
- Catholics raise money for immigrants’ group stripped of church funds by Pueblo Diocese (denverpost.com)
- Public makes up nonprofit’s funding cut by Catholic bishop in Pueblo (denverpost.com)
- The Roman Catholic Church and the Gays (jonathanturley.org)