''Providing health care to a gay or lesbian partner -- a basic human right, according to Church teaching -- is an end in itself and no more legitimizes that marriage than giving communion to a divorced person legitimizes divorce, or giving food or shelter to an alcoholic legitimizes alcoholism.... More importantly, the greatest asset of the agency -- its staff -- feel a profound sense of humiliation and shame. Many are actively looking to leave. Catholic Charities will be forever handicapped in attracting new staff with such a draconian benefit plan.''
Tim Sawina, former chief operating officer of Cahtolic Charities taking the Archdiocese of Washington to task for canceling spousal benefits for all employees who become married after March 2. The Washington Post points out that Archbishop Donald Wuerl's decision to institute this sudden policy is part of the Catholic Church's battle against same-sex marriage. On March 3, Washington, DC began accepting applications from gay and lesbian couples. The applications have gender-neutral references to "spouse" rather than husband and wife. The first legal ceremonies may begin after three full business days which will be Tuesday, March 9. (Washington Post)