O, Will No One Think of the Catholics?

The latest set of regulations released by the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) has made specific moral allowances for Catholic chaplains to treat homosexuals and same-sex couples as if they were human like the rest of us … but only if it’s clear that they would otherwise be in danger of losing their careers.

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio: allowing federal benefits for gays is an accessory to evil.

Catholic military chaplains cannot be forced to witness or bless a same-sex marriage, nor are they allowed to take part in any marriage counseling retreats that are open to gay couples under new rules issued by the Archdiocese for the Military Services.

But the new rules also set out conditions that would allow Catholic military commanders to comply, without violating their beliefs, with rules giving same-sex couples under their command federal employee benefits as required by law.

I’m glad to see the Catholic Church finally losing their pathological obsession with homosexuality and same sex marriage to focus on the important issues, don’t you? In this case, it’s not even that they have to celebrate homosexuality in any capacity; they can condemn it all they like, just the way they used to.  The only catch now is that they just have to obey the law as it relates to the distribution and allocation of federal benefits to same sex couples.  And yet, they’re acting as if it’s the moral equivalent to engaging in carnal relations with Beelzebub himself.

“Commanders of United States military installations/veterans’ facilities (hereafter, ‘commanders’) would not be engaging in morally illicit cooperation, but rather tolerable remote mediate material cooperation with evil by implementing federal employee benefits accruing pursuant to same-sex marriage, as required by United States v. Windsor. Our determination is contingent on the situations in which commanders are unable to avoid such cooperation without jeopardizing their own just right to their employment security for themselves and/or their families. This is also contingent on the commander making known his/her objection to being required to so participate, as well as on attempting through legal channels to continue to accomplish changes in policy consistent with the historic understanding of marriage and family as based on natural moral law. 

Heh.  Natural moral law, huh … you mean the kind we get from the bible?

I haven’t read the bible in a long time, but I don’t recall the part where God speaks out against allowing homosexuals access to federal benefits … but I suppose since most of the passages about homosexual activity involves a good stoning, one would infer that benefits were pretty much off the table as well.

Personally, I think they should be more willing to stand up for their beliefs and just stonewall homosexuals altogether, and damn the consequences.  Forget DADT and DOMA.  After all, it’s better to face court martial and dishonorable discharge for breaking the law here on Earth than suffer through an eternity of hellfire and red-hot pokers in the bum from a host of Satan’s minions, isn’t it?  All … alright most … joking aside, it looks to me like the AMS is just trying to have its cake and eat it too.  They don’t like homosexuals, but they’re not willing to lose their jobs over it.  So, the powers that be perform just enough verbal and philosophical yoga to allow each chaplain to do the bare minimum to follow the letter of the law while still complaining about it the whole time:

In the quest for continued fidelity to the truth of the Gospel, it must not be forgotten that estimates indicate that same-gender couples represent less than half of one percent of those in the Armed Forces. While every individual is important, such a small group cannot be allowed to mandate policy for all.

A few last points.  First, that’s a convenient position to take when you’re in the majority, but it most certainly can, especially when that group is the target of discrimination from idiots like you.  Second, may I remind you that this is about following a federal law to allow benefits to same-sex couples, not officiating their marriages or serving as towel boys in their honeymoon suite.  Third, the only reason why this is a problem to begin with is because your holy book prohibits “homosexual acts” … which I’m sure was really important and all for the Israelites a few thousand years back, but not so much anymore.  Last, we wouldn’t have this problem at all if we had just allowed atheist chaplains into the fold.  Just sayin’.

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