To fight same-sex marriage, DC’s Catholic Diocese cuts benefits for its employees

In its quest to persecute gays in the District of Columbia, the Catholic Church has a new target: its own employees. Yes, the Church is really showing the world how much it hates the gays by cutting benefits for people who choose to work for the Church:

Starting Tuesday, Catholic Charities will not offer benefits to spouses of new employees or to spouses of current employees who are not already enrolled in the plan. A letter describing the change in health benefits was e-mailed to employees Monday, two days before same-sex marriage will become legal in the District.

“We looked at all the options and implications,” said the charity’s president, Edward J. Orzechowski. “This allows us to continue providing services, comply with the city’s new requirements and remain faithful to the church’s teaching.”

So, from what I can tell, the only people who lose are the people who choose to work for Catholic Charities. And, that is a choice. The church is acting out of spite but only hurting those closest to it.

I grew up Catholic. If there’s one thing I know about Catholics, they are very good at being martyrs. So, this just adds to the suffering.


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