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Fearful that they could be forced, among other things, to extend employee benefits to same-sex married couples, church officials said they would have no choice but to abandon their contracts with the city.

"If the city requires this, we can't do it," Susan Gibbs, spokeswoman for the archdiocese, said Wednesday. "The city is saying in order to provide social services, you need to be secular. For us, that's really a problem."

Catholic Archdiocese of Washington D.C., Washington Post 42 Comments [11/24/2009 7:26:13 PM]
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Horsefeathers

"Fearful that they could be forced, among other things, to extend employee benefits to same-sex married couples, church officials said they would have no choice but to abandon their contracts with the city."

Oh, drat.

However, I suspect once you realize your church revenue is down substantially you'll forget all about this.

""If the city requires this, we can't do it," Susan Gibbs, spokeswoman for the archdiocese, said Wednesday. "The city is saying in order to provide social services, you need to be secular. For us, that's really a problem.""

Only until the money stops. Then suddenly it's not going to be such a big deal.

11/25/2009 10:10:45 AM

the old firm

And all together now: "And they will know we are Christians by our love!"

11/25/2009 10:33:15 AM

rw23

@Clown:

> I wonder what services are these?

Providing rent boys for priests.

> And what is the nature of those contracts.

I dunno, but I bet there's a gagging clause in there somewhere.

11/25/2009 11:17:23 AM

Headache

"The city is saying in order to provide social services, you need to be secular. For us, that's really a problem."

Great!

Now get fucking lost!


11/25/2009 11:43:06 AM

JohnTheAtheist

Bet if they said you would have to give up your tax exempt status you would reconsider.

11/25/2009 11:57:10 AM

myheadhurts

extortion much

11/25/2009 1:03:31 PM

Osiris

Yes you do need to be secular in order to provide social services, so that way no one is discriminated. So that way people have a right to join what ever religion they want without being heckled by the government.

11/25/2009 7:31:23 PM

Antichrist

Well maybe this will get the government off it's ass and quit outsourcing social services.

11/27/2009 12:06:43 AM



Well, why do you work for them, in the first place?

11/27/2009 2:41:59 AM

John_in_Oz

"If we're not allowed to continue oppressing homosexuals, we'll stop helping the poor. How can the city be so lacking in Christian compassion?"
</hypocrisy>

11/27/2009 9:58:43 AM

Xotan

Catholics should be aware that they do not always do right. So why should we be surprised that they put 'principles' before Jesus's injunctions to feed the poor etc.

I'm afraid the writing is on the wall for Catholics with the release in Dublin (Ireland) yesterday of the report on clerical abuse. Ireland is now in a state of rejection of that church. From Priest to Cardinal it has been found wanting in humanity, righteousness and basic decence,. The top level made it possible for abusing clergy to continue, in full knowledge of what they were allowing. Shame. There is room in hell with Cardinal Law for all of these, I hope.

So Catholic threats in the US should be put into a context as provided by Irish revelations.

By their fruits shall ye know them.

11/27/2009 10:14:44 AM

Dr. Shrinker

So why not just pretend it isn't a problem. That's what you did when it was revealed that your priests where sexually abusing their flocks, right?

Or, you could step off your moral high horse and do the right thing for a change.

11/27/2009 10:41:52 AM

JSS

"The city is saying in order to provide social services, you need to be secular. For us, that's really a problem."

Fine. Let's take away your tax-exempt status then. We can't have you guys breaking the seventh commandment now can we. Government organizations are to remain secular in concordance with the First Amendment.

11/29/2009 4:04:27 PM

moose

Another vote here for paying your property taxes, income taxes, etc. We will gladly trade your taxes for whatever the fuck you think we will miss out on.

11/29/2009 8:20:06 PM



@rw23

*violent spittake* dude, seriously. Warn someone to not be drinking anything when they read that!

4/15/2010 6:12:59 AM

Anon-e-moose

I think you've got more important things to concern yourselves than same-sex couples benefits, and how such could affect the Catholic Church in Washington DC.

And that's paedophile priests in the Catholic Church as a whole. Worldwide.

After all, seeing as the Church of $cientology isn't legally recognised as a religion here in the UK, they have to pay tax. What's to stop our government extending that to the Catholic Church here? You know what precedent that would set to other countries' governments.

And you're in no moral position to protest, neither. What with all the kiddy-diddling going on in the RCC.

PROTIP: Put your own house in order before you condemn the behaviour & lifestyles of others.

4/15/2010 7:27:16 AM

Swede

"Love thy neighbor? Treat others as you want to be treated? HELL NO!"

In order to be functioning in society you need to not discriminate.

4/16/2010 1:42:49 AM
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