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D.C. Archdiocese Threatens to Axe Social Service Programs over Same-Sex 'Marriage' Law Comments

Without an exemption the Church would be required to do such things as extend marriage benefits to same-sex couples, in violation of its core teachings. Continue Reading

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  1. Jennifer
    5 years ago

    I am Catholic and have been all my life. i believe that our church is wrong in doing this to the people of D.C. as a Christian, I believe that we shouldn't discriminate anyone and should help WHOEVER is seeking help; Gay or not. I go to church regularly and love my religion, but i do not agree with the Archdiocese. we should all be more kind-hearted and humble.. instead of discriminating other people whether we agree with the way they live their life or not.

  2. Vance
    5 years ago

    I second Binoy and Lawrence's response. Catholic charties should have nothing to do with any group whose behavior or philosophy is opposed to the church.

  3. BethesdaJA
    5 years ago

    @Christa: perhaps the headline is misleading, as was the Wash. Post's coverage. It's not the Archdiocese that's threatening to walk out on anyone. The Archdiocese-funded charities will continue. It's just that the archdiocese charities won't be able to contract with the District govt. for state-funded efforts (like adoptions) because doing so would require them to recognize so-called gay marriages in many of their activities (like adoptions, which is why the Church in MA can't facililtate adoptions).

    @Laurence, the ACLU is actually ono the Archdiocese's side.

    If the D.C. Council cared about the homeless, they'd try to meet the Church halfway on this one. But the Council actually withdrew the broader exemption it had previously extended to the Church.

  4. Binoy
    5 years ago

    Dear Christa,

    While I appreciate your concern for the poor, I totally cannot understand the logic behind it.

    You would prefer the Catholic Church to keep supporting people who are in error (which is lethal, spiritually), without even trying to correct them?

    I think that would be the worst thing that the Catholic Church could do to them. JESUS surely would've made them see the error they are in and not try to encourage them by not speaking out against their errors.

    GOD Bless!

  5. Laurence
    5 years ago

    Where is ACLU to defend the Catholic Church's rights?

    How about the separation of Church and State so often invoked by secularists and the ACLU?

    Separation of Church and State is a 2-way street. Just as the Church cannot dictate the laws of the State, the State also has no right to dictate the laws of the Church. It is double standard and hypocrisy on the part of the State to do so.

  6. Christa
    5 years ago

    I do not think our Church is acting in the best interest of those who most need the Church's help: the poor, the homeless, the mentally ill. The very people Jesus would have helped.

  7. Cyril
    5 years ago

    Good for the Catholic Church in DC. Carry through with your threat if the local government passes their legislation. Chuch doesn't not need the DC governments tainted $10.8 million dollars. God bless all involved.

  8. Eddie Fong
    5 years ago

    This shows how selfish and heartless that movements are. Knowing who they will harm, don't make them think to stop. But at the same time, DC politicians are accommodating them on their wishes. The movement got the politicians in their pocket.

  9. Bulbajer
    5 years ago

    I have to admit, I think this bill is wrong because it will force people to do something that is against their consciences. Should the Church extend services such as food shelters and other beneficial programs for the poor to homosexual couples who happen to be poor? Definitely.

  10. ct
    5 years ago

    I wonder if many people do not realize that in Catholic marriage ceromonies the priest performs both the religious and the civil function. I am wondering if we will see the day when "government " will strip churches of the right to perform the civil service if they do not perform same sex attempts at marriage and we will be like in Europe where we will have to go to the J.P. for the civil service and then to the church for the religious service. This seems far fetched but why is it that way over there? We are indeed capable of losing many freedoms we take for granted if this trend continues.

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