Kaine: Church may set bad example
Gov. Tim Kaine criticized the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington today for saying it would have to end its contracts to operate social service programs for the District government if the city approves gay marriage, as is expected.
"I'm Catholic and I think it's wrong,'' Kaine said. "I don't think you take your ball and go home. ... In any kind of group organization ... in a family, in a business, in a government entity, there's going to be points where you don't completely agree. But I don't think that 'if I don't agree with everything I'm going to take my ball and go home' strategy makes any sense."
Kaine appeared with fellow Democrat Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on the "Hands Across the Potomac" program on WTOP radio. Both governors are Catholics and share the same view on the issue. Listen to the full audio of the show below.
Kaine called the disocese's work "remarkable" but that it would set a "bad example" by halting services.
"It's not really who the church has been,'' he said. "If you look at the church through history, the church will stand in tough situations and continue to do good. I think the strategy of threatening to hold back, it just doesn't seem like the church I've come up in."
The City Council is expected to approve gay marriage next month.
"I would be very very disappointed here or anywhere else if the Catholic Church decides gosh we don't like something happening in civil society so we're going to retreat into our shell,'' Kaine said.
November 24, 2009; 4:53 PM ET
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