Local charities that rely on contributions from the Colorado Springs Catholic Diocese are under the gun, too.
The Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, an anti-war group with ties to the church, is facing the loss of funding from the diocese unless it condemns abortion and pledges to uphold Catholic teachings, including opposition to same-sex marriage.
"I am asking that the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission explicitly acknowledge its commitment to defend life at every moment from conception to natural death, in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church," Sheridan wrote to the group on April 12, in response to a request from the commission for financial support.
Other groups are facing similar demands.
SOURCE: "Bishop threatens peace group", by Terje Langeland.
Colorado Springs Independent May 7-June 2, 2004.