Catholic Churches Raise Funds To Battle Gay Marriage

A tip from Hamptons Dictionary author Miles Jaffe led us to this report in the National Catholic Reporter:

Gathering money from 50 U.S. dioceses, the Portland, Maine, diocese contributed more than $550,000 to the campaign to rejecte 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.

Contributing $5,000 were the dioceses of Arlington, Va., Rockford, Ill., Crookston, Minn., and Pittsburgh, Pa. The Roman Catholic Foundation in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Inc. donated $2,500…


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20 Comments on "Catholic Churches Raise Funds To Battle Gay Marriage"

  1. Where do I send a donation to wipe christianity off the face of the fucking planet?

    • Yes, if only people were <insert your preferred faith/ideology/whatever>, the world would be so much better off. Maybe even perfect!!!

      • Tuna Ghost | Nov 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm |

        Even better: wah wah all religions are bad, I'm incapable of understanding the role religion plays in society and people's lives because I'm lazy and only focus on the parts that are easy to hate wah wah I'm a fucking baby

        • tonyviner | Nov 27, 2009 at 2:06 am |

          You Too.

        • GoodDoktorBad | Nov 27, 2009 at 1:27 pm |

          Whining to protest whiners who protest other whiners? You make a shiny link in that chain.
          Yeah I get it, your a clever white girl. (Tuna= Woman + Ghost = white = white woman). Classy play-on-words there. Should we assume you are some racist, anti-gay, christian anti-feminist nazi or some such thing? Goo goo gaa gaa to you darling.

      • tonyviner | Nov 27, 2009 at 2:06 am |

        Read Books.

    • DoctorPsi | Dec 9, 2009 at 8:04 am |

      I agree with you:)) Christianity is good in its essence, but people have transformed religion into a business. The church has money to spend on an anti-gay lobby, but they have no money to help homeless people that die everyday of starvation. Shame on you church leaders… 7 million would have bought many homes… shame on you…
      Marriage Retreat

  2. Word Eater | Nov 26, 2009 at 5:22 pm |

    How does the Catholic line on being gay go? It is okay to be gay, but it is not okay to have gay sex since sex is a gift from God to be used specifically for procreation and nothing else, and gay sex will not lead to offspring.
    Sex outside of marriage is a sin, so being gay without being married isn't a sin unless you have sex which, gay or not, is a sin.
    If gays get married, you are condoning sex that leads to nothing but orgasms and intimacy and that is contradictory to Catholic principles.

    That makes perfect sense in an entirely legalistic view of some rules that were created in addition to the Bible on which they are supposed to be based.

    • GoodDoktorBad | Nov 27, 2009 at 2:17 pm |

      What can we really expect from people who feel guilt over experiencing the most basic and natural of pleasures humans can enjoy. Sex. Catholics can't even wipe there crotch without feeling guilty. That tingle you feel when a pretty girl walks by is Satan stroking your dick in secret! And now, you're gonna burn! Ouches forever for you and you're evil phallus!! God doesn't like wankers and faggots apparently.

  3. This comes from an organization that worked really hard to hide the pedophile priests problem. What a bunch of evil hypocrites.

  4. thepuppettheatre | Nov 27, 2009 at 1:27 am |

    Nah, my favorite aspect is the sign – “Catholics for Marriage Equality”

    They want marriage to be equally denied to everyone who is not heterosexual? They want to make sure that all laws regarding marriage treat them Catholics/Christians equally so long as they are Catholic/Christian?

    Tuna and Russ, I'm not even sure what point you guys think you are making there.

    Russ: if only people were what? reasonable? not dogmatic fascists? if only they weren't willing to spend millions of dollars to keep a group of people as second class citizens? Yes… the world would be a better place.

    Tuna: the role religion plays in the history of society is complicated, granted. This issue however, is pretty black and white. These people are evil fascist dogs who hate everyone who talks with a lisp. These people have no value in a egalitarian society… whatsoever. Defending them, on any level at all, is sick. Lashing out against the umbrella of Christianity (which they so proudly stand under) is not entirely unreasonable.

  5. tonyviner | Nov 27, 2009 at 2:03 am |

    I thought God loved everyone equally. I might have been wrong.

    • thepuppettheatre | Nov 27, 2009 at 2:13 am |

      Depends on who you ask, I suppose. Apparently the Catholic god is not such a big fan of the “everyone” classification.

      However, it has occurred to me that the picture of those guys holding the sign and this article might not be connected. Like, maybe those Catholics were fighting *for* gay marriage? I only say this because it would actually be really pretty idiotic to use a sign promoting equality when you're actively fighting against it. Maybe I should give these fascists more credit?

      • tonyviner | Nov 27, 2009 at 2:16 am |

        That is what I thought, but who knows with this lot? Could be an elaborate hoax.

      • GoodDoktorBad | Nov 27, 2009 at 2:45 pm |

        That picture and accompanying article are on the National Catholic Reporter website. Link at the top of this page. The picture really is the hypocrisy it appears to be…

  6. Time to revoke someone's tax exempt status…..

  7. GoodDoktorBad | Nov 27, 2009 at 1:45 pm |

    I don't remember any stories in the bible about Jesus busting homosexuals. Didn't he supposedly save the prostitute from being stoned for being a “whore”. The whole “he who is without sin may cast the first stone” thing…. or “judge not lest ye be judged”. I don't even consider myself a christian and I can see the wisdom in those words. I find it ironic in the extreme that self proclaimed christians don't seem to get it.
    “Love thy neighbor” dummies!!

  8. I would think that their fundraising should be earmarked to pay compensation to as many of their abuse victims as possible!

  9. busterdog | Nov 30, 2009 at 10:32 am |

    There are far, far more cases of abuse done by public school teachers than Catholic priests but the perceived deep pocket of the Church is a more readily available target than individual school districts. More per capita abuses occur in any profession (lawyers, news reporters, salespeople) than Catholic priests but it is far more easy to attack the Church as a whole. The Church does teach any sexual act that could not result in procreation is wrong. It also teaches killing is wrong and works against capital punishment and violence in general. It has been consistent in its teachings. I am sorry if your “if it feels good do it” philosophy is offended by mores that have been around for over two thousand years. Homosexuality is an aberration. If Evolution is your theory, or religion, than homosexuals should have evolved out eons ago. The very few that remain do so as a reminder that any sexual release is acceptable to, again, a very few and that marketing campaigns can convince people of just about anything. NAMBLA anyone?

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