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Palo Alto urged not to fund a Catholic nonprofit

Original post made on Apr 18, 2013

With Catholic Charities facing allegations of discrimination from gay-rights advocates in Massachusetts, Illinois, and Washington, D.C., Palo Alto officials found themselves debating on Tuesday night whether the organization's local chapter should continue to draw grant funding from the city.

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Comments (16)

Posted by local gurl, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 18, 2013 at 10:05 am

That's right, those of you who oppose Catholic Charities. Let's take away services from our most vulnerable citizens for the sake of P.C. politics. YOU get out there and serve those seniors, and maybe we'll take your demands into account.


Posted by Garden Gnome, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 18, 2013 at 10:27 am

You go, local gurl!

Agreed - let's hurt senior citizens just because the Catholic church doesn't support gay marriage/adoptions.

By the way, whatever happened to freedom of religion?


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 18, 2013 at 10:33 am

I hope those who think this is a good idea never need the services of this charity themselves or for someone near and dear to them.


Posted by KP, a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 18, 2013 at 10:54 am

Whatever the church believes is irrelevant to the fact that they help anyone who needs it. If you don't tell what goes on in your bedroom, they won't know, duh!
You don't cut off support for your own personal feelings, point blank, period!


Posted by Tip of the iceberg, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 18, 2013 at 10:55 am

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:13 pm

If you look hard enough, you'll (or someone else with a differing view point) will find something wrong with any organization out there.

Newsflash: No one is perfect.

Cutting off the seniors doesn't seem to be a wise move. How about this - take your personal concerns to the organization yourself - have a little sit-down and get it off your chest directly.


Posted by Silly, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:52 pm

WHY was the city -- which is supposed to be broke -- funding them at all? Churches already get $71 BILLION a year in tax exemptions and then [portion removed] lobby against the rights of women and gays.

Why do they need mor3e from us???


Posted by Gethin, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm

This has nothing to do with freedom of religion, this a question of why should Palo Alto taxpayers fund a program run by one of the wealthiest religious organizations in the country when we have financial problems of our own.
This should be funded by the church and any interested citizens or companies. It should not be funded by taxpayers.


Posted by Sam, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm

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Posted by sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Gethin is correct, why should we be funding one of the richest organizations in the world

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Palo Alto should not be financially supporting a rich organization--their discriminatory practices are just another reason to deny them money


Posted by Sam, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:13 pm

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Posted by The Terror of the Gay Mafia, a resident of Ohlone School
on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm

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back to topic: get govt out of my religion, and religion outta my govt.

Cath Char and the churches can start paying property taxes if they want govt help.


Posted by sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Sam--the city should not fund the richest organization in the world--the fact that they discriminate against women and gays is just icing on the cake.

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The catholic church and the boy scouts happen to practice discrimination--they are not being attacked--their practices are being questioned--as allowed in our country.
But feel free to "fight back"


Posted by Tip of the iceberg, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:32 pm

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Posted by Carl, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Beyond the Cath. Charities thing, what puzzles me is how Palo Alto gets $500,000 from HUD (that is, the feds) to spend locally for charity work, when the feds are deep into deficit spending. Same old, same old, right? Then multiply that $500,000 by all the cities of PA's size and larger across this great land, and you've got serious money (from China?).


Posted by local gurl, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:50 pm

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