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The Catholic Church…

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They suck.  But more than just choir boys.  They suck as an institution that uses the power of excommunication to badger their flock.  They use intimidation as a matter of course.  They have gone through extraordinary lengths to protect habitual sexual offenders that happen to be their priests, yet they are quite prepared to withhold services to their community if gays get treated equally.

Catholic Church Gives D.C. Ultimatum

Same-sex marriage bill, as written,  called a threat to social service contracts

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if the city doesn’t change a proposed same-sex marriage law, a threat that could affect tens of thousands of people the church helps with adoption, homelessness and health care.

Under the bill, headed for a D.C. Council vote next month, religious organizations would not be required to perform or make space available for same-sex weddings. But they would have to obey city laws prohibiting discrimination against gay men and lesbians.

And they can’t have that.  God demands that they be bigots.  And when is God ever wrong?   OK,  the flood thing he felt bad about, but he gave us a rainbow as his promise to never ever do it again…

Fearful that they could be forced, among other things, to extend employee benefits to same-sex married couples, church officials said they would have no choice but to abandon their contracts with the city.

“If the city requires this, we can’t do it,” Susan Gibbs, spokeswoman for the archdiocese, said Wednesday. “The city is saying in order to provide social services, you need to be secular. For us, that’s really a problem.”

How about they lose their tax exempt status?  What they are saying is that if gays get treated equally they are going to stop feeding the homeless and providing other services?  How…Christian of them.

And… as Oliver Willis points out, this diocese was one of the ones that was hit by lawsuits because of the serial child rapers that worked and were protected by them.

Settlements and Verdicts

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington

Washington, DC: Sixteen men filed a lawsuit against the archdiocese claiming they were sexually abused by priests between 1962 and 1982. Unfortunately, claims from victims in the District of Columbia were filed beyond the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits. However, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has reached a $1.3 million settlement with the victims, who will receive an average of $81,000 each. (Dec-16-06) [WASHINGTON POST: PRIEST ABUSE]

The statute of limitations, not God, save their asses.  Bullies hiding behind their invisible friend and a boat (ark?) load of lawyers. 

Nuff said….

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