Catholic Charities are losing state contracts for providing foster care and care for victims of sex trafficking because they won’t place foster kids in gay households and don’t believe in contraception, and the cries of the butthurt are legion:
“In the name of tolerance, we’re not being tolerated,” said Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., a civil and canon lawyer who helped drive the church’s losing battle to retain its state contracts for foster care and adoption services.
But Anthony R. Picarello Jr., general counsel and associate general secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, disagreed. “It’s true that the church doesn’t have a First Amendment right to have a government contract,” he said, “but it does have a First Amendment right not to be excluded from a contract based on its religious beliefs.”
That last bit is one of the dumber things I’ve ever heard. Isn’t it obvious that the Church’s First Amendment right to hate and discriminate against gays ends where the awarding of government contracts begins? Other charities seem to understand that and have decided to, well, be charitable:
Gene Svebakken, president and chief executive of the agency, Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois, visited all seven pastoral conferences in his state and explained that the best option was to compromise and continue caring for the children.
“We’ve been around 140 years, and if we didn’t follow the law we’d go out of business,” Mr. Svebakken said. “We believe it’s God-pleasing to serve these kids, and we know we do a good job.”
“Catholic Charities do good work” is a common response to criticism of the Church. I agree, they do, but much of that work is in service of government contracts. If Catholic Charities can’t meet the reasonable standards of those contracts, other charities will. If your need to hate is greater than your desire to help, then your charity will have to be financed solely by private contributions, so you can deny help to those you deem not worthy, just as Jesus did.