Exposed: Gay activist millionaire bankrolled Catholic astroturf group

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Kevin Jones of the Catholic News Agency has done us a great service by revealing that Catholics United received almost its entire operating budget in 2012 from the millionaire gay activist Tim Gill:

The Catholics United Education Fund, a Democrat-leaning advocacy group which began criticizing Church opposition to same-sex “marriage” in 2012, received most of its operational budget that year from a gay activist foundation run by influential multi-millionaire Tim Gill.

… Tax forms show the Colorado-based Gill Foundation made a $100,000 grant to the Catholics United Education Fund in 2012 for “general operating support.” The Catholics United Education Fund’s tax forms show that its entire revenue for that year totaled $111,819.

I’ve been sounding the alarm about Catholics United since 2008.

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This is the group that, for example, attempted to silence and intimidate priests and bishops from preaching from the pulpit, opposed pro-life efforts, staged a demonstration when Congressman Paul Ryan went to speak at Georgetown, and went after the Knights of Colombus for supporting marriage at the ballot box.

… all while knowingly taking money from a notorious gay activist!

This isn’t the first time Tim Gill has done this. I published an exposé in 2011 that Gill’s foundation had donated almost $100,000 to New Ways Ministry (I guess 100 grand is the going rate for buying a fake Catholic mouthpiece these days). Over the years, Gill has donated tens of millions of dollars to push gay marriage, often through deceitful tactics such as these. It’s fair to assume that Catholics United knew about Gill’s history when they accepted his money.

For as much as gay activists claim that we Catholics are meddling in their affairs when we support laws protecting marriage, isn’t it ironic that gay activists like Gill get a free pass when they secretly fund groups falsely claiming to be Catholic?

Catholics United looks pretty defunct these days. They haven’t been active on social media for a couple months, though they did claim to be looking for a “Pennsylvania organizer” back in April and last month they called on a Catholic school to rehire a gay teacher. It’s hard for me to see Catholics United being able to reactivate without also having to answer questions about these revelations. Certainly the people who work for Catholics United have some explaining to do. They owe an explanation to the Catholics they accused of being shills, for starts.

I’ve always written that Catholics United had a special talent for accusing their opponents of the very things they were guilty of, most often hypocrisy. Individuals who are members of Catholics United or donated to them ought to be asking Tim Gill and the leadership of Catholics United why they tried to hide their association.

And as for the rest of us, the best way we can ensure that we are never deceived by underhanded tactics like those employed by Tim Gill and Catholics United, is to hold fast to the age-old teaching of the church and to listen attentively to the priests and bishops charged with proclaiming it.

Eventually, the truth comes out. I’m glad that today we know more of the truth about one of these fake Catholic organizations.

Now let’s get back to proclaiming the truth.

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Thomas Peters grew up in Southern California and attended college in Michigan. He has two graduate degrees in theology. He began his award-winning American Papist blog in 2006 and has been proud to be a part of the CV team since 2010. He was one of a handful of American bloggers invited to the Vatican’s first-ever Bloggers’ Meeting in Rome. Peters has appeared in dozens of TV, radio and online media outlets over the years discussing and debating the intersection of Catholicism and politics, as well as pro-life and pro-family activism, in addition to writing and speaking about the future of social media and youth activism. You can follow Thomas Peters at @AmericanPapist.

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