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Cardinal George hits back at critics of decision to defund pro-gay ‘marriage’ immigrant group

source:  http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-george-hits-back-at-critics-of-decision-to-defund-pro-gay-marriage/

CHICAGO, IL, July 31, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – After a group of eight Catholic Democrats published anopen letter in the Chicago Tribune Monday criticizing Cardinal Francis George for threatening to withhold charitable funding from an immigrant group that recently came out in favor of same-sex “marriage,” the cardinal fired back in a statement, calling the letter’s signers cynical and “intellectually and morally dishonest.”

The Chicago diocese’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) had been contributing between $25,000 and $30,000 each year to several member groups of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) to aid humanitarian efforts in poverty-stricken neighborhoods. But since CCHD funding agreements are contingent on recipients not supporting agendas contrary to the Catholic faith, Cardinal George recently notified member groups that CCHD will be unable to provide any more funding unless the groups sever ties with the ICIRR and publicly renounce support for gay nuptials.    read more