The Catholic Church and D.C. ctd.
Jim Burroway writes:
Remember when the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington threatened to shut down its homeless shelters, food services and other community services if the D.C. city council approved same-sex marriage? Well now they’re saying “never mind.”
Like virtually everyone else reporting on this, Burroway misses the point. The Catholic Church never threatened to shut down their shelters or services if the gay marriage law passed. They said that because of language in that law, the D.C. City Council might pull their contracts from the Church. Everyone got that backwards then, and now that it appears the city council won’t pull the contracts, everyone is blaming the flip-flop on the Church. However wrong-headed we may think Church policy towards gays is, it’s also kind of lazy to paint them as a villain at every turn. That’s just picking an easy target and running with it.
Hopefully we’ll end up with the best of both worlds – gays able to legally wed and the Church continuing to provide vital services to the poor. Perhaps at the end of the day this can become a story without a villain at all.