Catholic Charities goes for dogma over help for the poor


Quiz time! What’s stronger: Jesus’ sermon on the mount (enjoining Christians to care for the poor and dispossessed, et al.), or a few scattered verses touting homophobia and an ex-Nazi pope?

You have your answer. Catholic Charities’ D.C. branch has just killed domestic partner healthcare benefits for new employees or existing employees who haven’t yet enrolled in the policy, to avoid having to give those same benefits to same-gender couples as mandated by the city’s new law legalizing same-gender marriage.

It turns out, Archbishop Donald Wurel is more concerned about making nice with an ascendant conservative faction in the Catholic Church than he is worried that axing benefits will cause this titan of urban poverty relief to drive away qualified social workers because they and their families need access to benefits like these.