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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento is yanking its annual funding to Francis House, a charity for the homeless, because its director supports marriage equality and Planned Parenthood.
News10 in Sacramento reports that Francis House director the Rev. Faith Whitmore is sticking by her convictions despite losing 2% of her annual budget after the diocese pulled its support.
Whitmore said she has never addressed marriage equality or Planned Parenthood on behalf of Francis House, and that she is entitled to her beliefs as a private citizen.
"The Executive Director has been very outspoken in the past about her opinion regarding a number of subjects that are in direct opposition to Catholic Church teaching," Diocese Chancellor Kathy Conner was quoted as saying.
Connor said donors to the annual Catholic Appeal Fund Drive would be "confused" because Whitmore's views are contrary to teachings of the Catholic faith. The Roman Catholic Church opposes marriage equality and Planned Parenthood over contraception and abortion, though an overwhelming number of Catholics disagree with church teachings.