Father Tony

Catholic Gibberish from Communications Director Susan Gibbs

Filed By Father Tony | December 16, 2009 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Catholic charities, Catholic church, gay marriage, same-sex marriage, social services, Susan Gibbs

I can only imagine that Susan Gibbs must have laughed till she cried while writing this. Then she went home, poured herself a double scotch, and reminded herself that even though she hates being a tool for a bunch of hateful homophobes, it will look good on her resume.

(Backstory: the Archdiocese of Washington DC threatened to withhold social services if gay marriage became legal. With yesterday's vote, it will most likely become legal. Her statement on behalf of the Archdiocese is ridiculous, hilarious and finally pitiful. Read it after the jump.)

Legalization of Same Sex Marriage in the Nation's Capital
Archdiocese Remains Committed to Serving Poor

December 15, 2009

Today the District of Columbia joined a handful of states where legislatures or courts have redefined marriage to include persons of the same sex. Since this legislation was first introduced in October, the Archdiocese of Washington opposed the redefinition of marriage based on the core teaching of the Catholic Church that the complementarity of man and woman is intrinsic to the definition of marriage. However, understanding the City Council was committed to legalizing same sex marriages, the archdiocese advocated for a bill that would balance the Council's interest in redefining marriage with the need to protect religious freedom. Regrettably, the bill did not strike that balance.

The Archdiocese of Washington and Catholic Charities are deeply committed to serving those in need, regardless of race, creed, gender, ethnic origin or sexual orientation. This commitment is integral to our Catholic faith and will remain unchanged into the future.

Religious organizations have long been eligible to provide social services in our nation's capital and have not been excluded simply because of their religious character. This is because the choice of provider has focused on the ability to deliver services effectively and efficiently. We are committed to serving the needs of the poor and look forward to working in partnership with the District of Columbia consistent with the mission of the Catholic Church.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
[email protected]

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Fr. Tony,
In Catholic doctrine, is there such a term or concept as a "core" teaching, or was this term devised as a tool against gays? I never saw this in the Apostles Creed or any such thing.

Good observation, xerxes, and it is more than mildly true that the Creed contains the core teachings. If we go to the real core of the teachings of Jesus Christ we get only one sentence: "Do good and avoid evil". This is what I was taught in my moral theology course at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, by the Rev. Josef Fuchs, S.J. This disclosure is sensationally liberating and eats through all the many layers of bad paint that misguided prelates have applied to the church over the centuries.

Dear Fr Tony,

What years were you living in Rome? I was there 1971-73 studying on Monte Mario at Loyola.

So here's where it really is brought home for me. This spokesperson also gave a statement in an NPR segment on the story this morning, in which she said something to the effect of, "consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church," and she says the same thing here with, "based on the core teaching of the Catholic Church."

What finally struck home for me is the absence of the phrase, "the teachings of Jesus Christ." See, he never spoke about it, and they know that thoughtful people realize they can't use the Old Testament statements, lest the Archbishop is forced to give up Shrimp. This is what shines through, and it's what ought to be pointed out at each and every opportunity. The Church has abdicated the teaching of Jesus for the position of the leaders of the Church.

A sad day in Christendom.

If I'm reading this right, then, they're backing down from their threat.

Fair enough. It would have sounded a lot better to sweep away the mealymouth words and simply say,
"We're unhappy about being disobeyed, but we realized that taking out our unhappiness on the District's poor people would be wrong." (Even if what they actually realized is that it would be really bad PR.)

Dear Jade Catherine,
I know this kind of churchspeak well enough to see in this statement some plans for future attacks. They very carefully avoided saying they would continue all their programs - and at the same level of funding - while announcing that they will stay true to their general mission, whatever the hell that is.

Renee Thomas | December 16, 2009 7:18 PM

If I remember my Sunday school classes correctly, the only "core teaching" that will concern the Almighty will be - "When I was hungry did you feed me?"

Am I the only one that think the DC Council should reallocate the Catholic Churches current funding to another social service provider? I am not going to contact the Catholic Church and beg them to feed the poor. Let them stop their services and give up the public's millions of tax dollars. Why should public money go to funding the battle against us? Cause you know where that money is going. Let them fund their core with the parish money. Then they'd be a true church mission. I'd be glad to give my taxes to other providers that will pick up the slack. Maybe the LGBT community can start a social service outreach.

Wait, so when they said they'd cut services, it was a threat and not a statement of the regrettable fact that same-sex marriage makes their services impossible?

Fancy that!