â€œDespite its claims to the contrary,â€ the southwestern Colorado nonprofit CompaÃ±eros played a major role in a statewide coalition promoting homosexual behavior, said Michael Hichborn, spokesman for a Catholic watchdog group.
Hichborn told CNA on April 27 that the bishops’ program made the right call in axing funds to CompaÃ±eros, a founding member â€“ with representation on the board of directors â€“ of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, which actively supports gay unions.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, which serves as the U.S. bishopsâ€™ program to fight domestic poverty, made national headlines when it recently decided to cut funding of CompaÃ±eros, an immigrant rights organization in Pueblo, Colorado.
Like other groups across the country that receive funding from the Catholic Campaign, CompaÃ±eros had signed a pledge agreeing that it would not publicly stand for anything that violates Church teaching.
But Hichborn said that CompaÃ±eros is â€œintimately linkedâ€ with the Colorado Immigrant’s Rights Coalition, to the point that â€œthere is no way to distinguish the actionsâ€ of one from the other.
He pointed to numerous recent examples of efforts by the coalition to advocate same-sex unions. [More]