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Posted at 9:57 AM ET, 11/27/2009

The Catholic Church makes itself heard

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Rosemary TenEyck
Kensington


Well, the Archdiocese of Washington is putting its money where its mouth is. It will pull back from District social services programs if the D.C. Council passes its same-sex marriage bill without significant amendment. It won’t stop its own charitable efforts; it is simply stating its unwillingness to compromise a fundamental teaching of the church. The church is sending a message the D.C. Council understands — money.

Surely the council has gotten a lot of pressure from gay rights advocates. When other churches made similar protests, they were ignored. Can you hear me now? Perhaps there are some gay rights organizations that are willing to fund the programs the Catholic Church is supporting.

I hope the Catholic Church sticks to its guns and holds fast to its confession of faith in this matter.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | November 27, 2009; 9:57 AM ET
Categories:  D.C., same-sex marriage  
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Yeah. They've been heard as the amoral bigots they are.

Posted by: DCCharles | November 27, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Thank God the Catholics are leaving!! There are plenty of good Christian Church's that can step in. Also, the gay community has the resources and experience to help out. When the so called Christian Catholics turned their back on gays with aids, it was the gay community that started organizations to help each other. One large organization, Food and Friends gave out over 3200 Thanksgiving meals yesterday to people with a serious illness regardless of who they are, gay, straight, black, white, jewish, or christian. It doesn't matter who you help. Jesus would help and love anyone. Including extending benefits to same sex couples.

Posted by: local200 | November 27, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Rosemary TenEyck, where do you get your information? Or is this wishful thinking on your part, that would help satisfy your perceived homophobic desires?

In any case, the church is a contractor to the DC government. If it feels it can't/won't comply with the laws of the District then withdraw from the contracts.

BTW, with the latest news of the the RCC concealing the years of child molestation in Ireland, I'd think they should reconsider their moral stance on just about everything.

Posted by: bobbarnes | November 27, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

The leadership of the Catholic Church has been hijacked by a right-wing fringe. You might think that the only two issues the Church cares about are abortion and same sex marriage. (Abortion is legal in DC by the way, and I didn't see the Church pulling out social services over this issue.)

In any event, if the Church wants to continue its slide into absolute irrelevancy, this move makes perfect sense. If it wishes to enter the 21st Century, or even the 20th Century for that matter, they might want to reconsider. Whatever the Church's decision, the DC City Council most assuredly will not allow the city to be ruled by bigoted religious fanatics.

Posted by: TripLBee | November 27, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

PS--It gets so tiring witnessing so called Christians act in ways diametrically opposed to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Can you begin to imagine Jesus punishing those who disagreed with him, by punishing the least amongst us? This is a disgraceful example---again---being provided by the Catholic leadership.

Posted by: TripLBee | November 27, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

As a practicing Catholic, I feel very badly about the direction of the Washington Church leadership...it would appear to me that the irrational "right" as infiltrated the top leadership that chooses to fight same sex marriage (about which I really do not care), and not focus upon more AIDs ministries, helping the homeless, the abused (especially by the Church), and other more pressing issues. The DC Church leadership is further alienating many of us (including stopping my money to the Church) from listening to this one-sided and lame view.

Posted by: 98DFpbN4 | December 1, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Isn't this the same catholic church that was in the paper yesterday for sexually destroying thousands of Irish catholics as youths and then hiding the evidence from authorities in a locked bishop's vault?

Isn't this the same catholic church that denies it's sacrements to office holders who disagree with church policy while loudly proclaiming that its riches are tax exempt.

Isn't this the same catholic church that excommunicated Galileo for four hundred years fo stating that the earth revolves around the sun?

Finally, isn't this the same catholic church that helped hundreds and hundreds of nazi war criminals to escape to South America to avoid having to pay for their atrocities?

Why is anyone surprised that they will cut off food and shelter for the poor to protest something they fear and misunderstand?

Posted by: SteveBurns1947 | December 1, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

The Catholic Church knows what it is doing.

Posted by: oneal1 | December 1, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Of course, in light of this, all of the vitriol against the Church will pour forth--retribution for the fact that it claims that one man ejaculating into another man or two women engaging in genital activity cannot ever be ontologically on a par with the same act occurring between a man and a woman and generating human life; that in fact it is violently antithetical to it. The Church--which continues the presence of Christ in time and space--has the task of leading people away from what would destroy them, i.e., remove them from the presence of God. The compassion alluded to herein is a bit mistaken, since it can never be compassionate to encourage someone in an act that removes him or her from what God intended for his or her fulfillment. The acts I mentioned above (not an act of the 21st century, but one as old as the Bible itself) cannot lead one to the affective fulfillment a person desires--something Jesus happens not only to be in favor of but in fact died for, and the Church must state this, however unpalatable, and regardless of crimes perpetrated within it. It cannot be blackmailed by society, either, to rescind its belief.

Posted by: ddagata | December 1, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

"Abortion is legal in DC by the way, and I didn't see the Church pulling out social services over this issue.
Posted by: TripLBee"

So you're proposing that DC pass a law requiring holders of civil service contracts to refer patients to abortion providers and include abortion in their health care plans?

That's not acceptable to force upon the Church and all city contractors, but similarly deeply-held beliefs, drawn from the same source of logic, on gay marriage is?

Either churches have a right to the free exercise of their faith or they don't. I promise you that it would take far more than a DC Council vote to overturn that ruling.

Posted by: cprferry | December 1, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

good for the Catholic Church. It's the behavior like some of those anti Catholic like some of the commentors above or like some of the renegade Irish priests that's despicable....saME-SEX MARRIAGE!!!

Posted by: skkutai | December 2, 2009 4:12 AM | Report abuse

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