CCHD praised for defunding group linked to gay advocacy

The U.S. bishops’ anti-poverty program won support for defunding a Colorado immigrant aid organization over its intricate involvement with a coalition that violates Church teaching.

“Despite its claims to the contrary,” the southwestern Colorado nonprofit Compañeros 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 Compañeros, a founding member – with representation on the board of directors – of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, which actively supports gay unions.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, which serves as the U.S. bishops’ program to fight domestic poverty, made national headlines when it recently decided to cut funding of Compañeros, an immigrant rights organization in Pueblo, Colorado.

Like other groups across the country that receive funding from the Catholic Campaign, Compañeros had signed a pledge agreeing that it would not publicly stand for anything that violates Church teaching.

But Hichborn said that Compañeros is “intimately linked” with the Colorado Immigrant’s Rights Coalition, to the point that “there is no way to distinguish the actions” of one from the other.

He pointed to numerous recent examples of efforts by the coalition to advocate same-sex unions. [More]