The Archdiocese of Washington has made clear to the DC Council that it will have to cease its social programs that it operates in DC if it is forced to extend employee benefits to same-sex couples. Susan Gibbs, spokesperson for the Archdiocese explained, "If the city requires this, we can't do it. The city is saying in order to provide social services, you need to be secular. For us, that's really a problem."
Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) referred to the church as "somewhat childish." She went on, "Are they really going to harm people because they have a philosophical disagreement with us on one issue? I hope, in the silver light of day, when this passes, they will not really act on this threat."
Of course, the DC Council has things precisely ass-backwards. They fail, or refuse, to admit that the Catholic Church engages in social services out of obedience to Our Lord's Commands. Those commands are not "philosophical issues". They bind on all of us - including Ms. Cheh, but that's another discussion. Our Lord has taught, and continues to teach that homosexual behavior is intrinsically sinful and can never be condoned nor facilitated.
Let's face it. Those advocating mortally sinful behaviors, be it baby-murder, sodomy or whatever, will never be content to let Christians practice their own faith. Why? The answer is very simple. The sight of Christians practicing sound faith and morals stings the consciences of those who don't. That is why there is such a frenzied attempt to coerce us into facilitating mortal sin. They think that by so doing, that they can assuage their own seared consciences and justify their own corrupt behaviors. That will never happen.
We salute the stance of the Archdiocese of Washington in this matter. We hope and pray that they stand firm.