12 November 2009

DC Archdiocese To Pull Programs So It Can Continue to Discriminate

With DC working towards same-sex marriage rights, the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has said that it will no longer be able to provide its social service programs.  Basically, it does not want to be told that it cannot discriminate based upon sexual orientation.  Therefore, the only way to not comply is to pull out.  How is that at all in the spirit of Catholic service? 

I can understand on principle why the stand has to be made, but members of the archdiocese should be ashamed that people have to suffer for it.  Is it justifiable to remove programs that reach many people who need them in the city in order to maintain a policy of discrimination?  If same-sex marriages are allowed throughout the US, will the entire church have to pull its social programs?