A local charity has received unexpected support after Cincinnati's Archdiocese pulled a grant due to the charity's association with a female priest.
An Archdiocese grant for Lydia's House was revoked after the charity held a public prayer service with a female priest, according to co-founder Mary Ellen Mitchell. Lydia's House provides shelter for women and children in need and was posed to receive the grant to fund a washer and dryer for the facility.
Cincinnati Archdiocese issued a statement saying that while they support the work of Lydia's House, they promise donors that contributions will not be used to support organizations that stand in opposition to Catholic teachers.
"By hosting a public prayer service presided over by someone who claims to be a Catholic priest but is not, Lydia's House has chosen to put itself in that category," the statement read in part.
After word of the revoked grant spread, Lydia's House received nearly $10,000 in donations from community supporters, Mitchell told FOX19. She says the story traveled through social media, resulting in contributions from across the country.
"While we take no glee in this unexpected fundraiser, we want to say thank you to the people that believe the larger vision of the church is to serve the poor, to be with the widow and the orphan and are able to hold that bigger vision as a priority," Mitchell said.
The archdiocese says they donate millions to local organizations each year and that the money originally for Lydia's House will be given to another charity supporting women and children.