Greensburg bishop halts funding to national program
The Catholic Diocese of Greensburg will no longer participate in the U.S. Catholic Bishops' anti-poverty program, which some conservative activists claim has funded groups that support legal abortion and gay marriage.
Bishop Lawrence Brandt said he intends to create a Diocesan Poverty Relief Fund to receive the money that formerly went to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
He made the announcement at Thursday night's annual Communities of Salt and Light Awards dinner, which raises money for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg.
He said he decided to stop taking collections for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development last year, after receiving many complaints about it.
He is among nine of the nation's 195 diocesan bishops to withdraw from the 41-year-old anti-poverty program...