Friday, March 9, 2012

Sacramento Diocese Ends Fin.Aid to Homeless Ctr.; Center's New Head Backs Abortions, Gay Marriages

The California Catholic Daily website reports today (March 9, 2012) that the Diocese of Sacramento has decided to end two decades of financial support to a non-profit agency serving the homeless, after the center named as its director a Methodist minister known for her outspoken support of abortion and same-sex marriage.

The homeless center -- Francis House -- named Methodist minister Rev. Faith Whitmore as its executive director in April 2011.

Whitmore -- former senior pastor of St. Mark's Methodist Church in Sacramento -- has a long record of public advocacy of same-sex marriage and abortion.

Consequently, the Diocese of Sacramento -- with the approval of Bishop Jaime Soto -- sent a letter to the charity saying that, because of Whitmore's record of public opposition to Catholic teaching, it was "impossible for the diocese to continue funding Francis House."