D.C. Archbishop cuts off his nose.
I’m sure you’ve all heard of the phrase “to cut off one’s nose to spite one’s face”. Bitter, temper-prone children do it: mummy has insisted that they wash their face before they go to the party, but rather than wash, they sulk in their room and miss the party.
That’s roughly what the Archbishop of Washington has done on being told by the City Council that Catholic charities must pay benefits to gay employees who marry under the new dispensation, just like all other employees. Rather than do this “recognition of homosexual sinful lifestyles”, as he calls it, the Archbishop says he will close all Catholic charities, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, orphanages. Now that’s a big nose to cut off!
But the saddest thing about this is that it’s no skin off the Archbishop’s nose: it will be the poor and needy, the helpless and lonely who will be punished, so that he can make a moral point. And a pretty dubious moral point at that – I am sure the Catholic charities already pay married benefits to employees who are divorced and remarried, to employees who have had abortions, not to mention the 90 % of their employees who practice the “mortal sin” of contraception. But when it comes to equality of treatment for same-sex couples who have pledged life-long fidelity to each other, Archbishop Wuerl threatens to bring the roof down – even on those who have no roof.
I hope every charity likely to be affected by this spitefulness will rise up and continue their good work, even if they have to forgo the Church’s blessing. Let them thumb their nose at the Archbishop – at least they still have one!