Portland ME Catholic Diocese Donated $550K To Defeat Same-Sex Marriage Campaign.

Let's not give the Mormon church all the credit - the U.S. Catholic churches are doing their part to make sure gay citizens remain second class. From

Let's not give the Mormon church all the credit - the U.S. Catholic churches are doing their part to make sure gay citizens remain second class. From the National Catholic Reporter:

Gathering money from 50 U.S. dioceses, the Portland, Maine, diocese contributed more than $550,000 to the campaign to rejected Maine's law extending civil marriage to gay and lesbian couples, according to financial records filed with the state agency that tracks political contributions.

In the Nov. 3 referendum, Maine voters rejected 53 to 47 percent the same-sex marriage law.

Supporters and opponents of the law spent more than $7 million, according to the Portland Press Herald.

During the summer, Bishop Richard J. Malone of Portland sent an appeal to other Catholic bishops seeking contributions to defeat the law that the state legislature passed and the governor signed in May.

According to financial records filed with Maine's campaign finance watchdog, the Portland diocese donated nearly $286,000 to Stand For Marriage Maine, which was seeking to repeal the same-sex law. Malone had ordered a second collection be taken up at Masses one September weekend which netted $86,000.

After Portland, Maine, the largest diocesan contributors were the Philadelphia archdiocese and Phoenix diocese, each giving $50,000. The sees of Newark, N.J., St. Louis, Mo., and Youngstown, Ohio, each contributed $10,000. The Diocesan Assistance Fund of Providence, R.I., gave $10,000.00.

Lots more on the list, go see if your local diocese contributed. Imagine, the same church whose local dioceses are filing for bankruptcy to avoid paying off victims of pedophile priests have so much money to spare for this. I think the Catholic church would benefit from a little prayerful introspection on this.

If nothing else, you'd think they'd see they're causing the faithful to doubt their leadership. The only Catholics I know (and I know quite a few) who think the church should be taking sides in this are very old and very conservative - in other words, not typical Catholics.

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