We have $162,325 to go in our Fall Campaign. Every penny is used to strengthen the Church. See details!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

USCCB: sexual orientation, gender identity should not be protected categories

Catholic World News - March 28, 2011

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is opposing a proposal by the Department of Housing and Urban Development that would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of categories to which anti-discrimination policies would apply.

“Making ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ a protected classification for purposes of federal housing programs has no support in any Act of Congress and appears at odds with at least one other, namely, the Defense of Marriage Act,” write Anthony Picarello and Michael Moses, USCCB general counsel and associate general counsel. “The proposed addition of these new classifications (‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’) in HUD regulations may, perhaps unintentionally, cause a type of discrimination not contemplated in the proposed rule.”

“Specifically, the regulations may force faith-based and other organizations, as a condition of participating in HUD programs and in contravention of their religious beliefs, to facilitate shared housing arrangements between persons who are not joined in the legal union of one man and one woman.”

“By this, we do not mean that any person should be denied housing,” Picarello and Moses continued. “Making decisions about shared housing, however, is another matter. Particularly here, faith-based and other organizations should retain the freedom they have always had to make housing placements in a manner consistent with their religious beliefs, including when it concerns a cohabiting couple, be it an unmarried heterosexual couple or a homosexual couple.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($162,325 to go):
$200,000.00 $37,674.72
81% 19%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: impossible - Mar. 29, 2011 12:20 PM ET USA

    If the USCCB sincerely opposes legislated intrinsic evils, why do they continue to muddy up the theological waters by issuing misleading documents about so-called "Faithful Citizenship?" To facilitate the progressive (socialistic) Democrat policies, like nationalized health care, they totally ignore the Catholic Social Teaching about subsidiarity and the warnings against Socialism in Papal encyclicals from Rerum Novarum to the present. Evil is evil no matter by whom perpetrated.

Fall Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Free eBook: Pope Francis' Catechesis on the Family 22 hours ago
The headlines say Gov. Brown is Catholic. He says he's not sure what that means. 23 hours ago
Archbishop predicts Synod won't change Church teaching. Why am I not reassured? 23 hours ago
A different tone at this Synod? October 6
Church Fathers: St. Clement of Alexandria, Part I October 6

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
In Cuba, Pope emphasizes service to the vulnerable, praises thaw in US-Cuban relations CWN - September 21
Pope challenges America in speech to US Congress CWN - September 24
As Synod opens, Pope calls on Church to defend ‘unity and indissolubility’ of marriage bond CWN - October 5