The following comes from an August 21 Catholic News Agency article by Matt Hadro:
According to proposed federal rules, homeless shelters partnering with the government might soon have to compromise the privacy and safety of their clients – and Catholics have voiced their concerns.
“No person should be denied a safe place to live,” counsels for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stated in comments on the proposed rule made in January, in conjunction with other religious groups like the National Catholic Bioethics Center.
Yet, they added, “while the regulations purport to protect health and safety, they fail to advance, and in fact positively undermine, these and other legitimate interests, including expectations of privacy.”
In September, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is expected to rule that homeless shelters receiving federal funds must accept clients as the gender they currently self-identify with, and allow them “equal access” to facilities like beds and bathrooms. The proposed rule is titled “Equal Access in Accordance With an Individual’s Gender Identity in Community Planning and Development Programs.”
Thus, clients who are biologically male but who identify as female would be housed with women; those who are biologically female but identify as male would be housed with men.
One exception to the rule would be if a person identifying as transgender, and meeting certain conditions, requested that they be housed separately. No exception would exist for other clients who lodged complaints, like women who are concerned about their privacy and safety when a biological male is placed in their housing.
Both Catholic Charities USA and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops commented on the proposed rule in January. They expressed serious concerns both for the privacy and safety of homeless persons, as well as the religious freedom of faith-based groups that provide emergency shelter and transitional housing.
Do we know if the pretty, sad looking woman in the foreground was born female or is transgender? We don’t do we? Also, ladies, looking at the sleeping cubicles in the picture would you want a transgender man you didn’t know paired up with you in a shelter?
Not to mention that confusion about one’s sex or desiring to be the opposite sex is a mental disorder.
Not to mention that the proportion of such confused people is a small fraction of 1%.
Why is our society being turned upside-down over such a minute number of mentally ill people?
Why does the statement not clearly say that the Catholic Church and its affiliates will not be coerced into treating the mentally ill and sexually deviant as normal?
Whenever the FED gets involved watch out!! I think it is high time for Catholic charitable organizations to cut the cord and tell the government to go take a long hike. This way Catholic originations will be free to run programs with some basic common sense rules and regulations and not have to worry about the latest political correctness. Ah, but all of that free money is so enticing. But you can’t have it both ways.
At least one major US diocese has given up all US government grant money. More will follow.
If Government money is taken, the organization must follow Government regulations. Let the Federal Government or other organizations take care of the homeless and concentrate on providing food to families in need.
That was the lesson of the Good Samaritan, after all, wasn’t it? Let somebody else take care of the sick, dieing, and homeless! I’ll just be on about my way!
YFC, don’t be so obtuse. The Good Samaritan wasn’t required by the Romans to engage in proximate material cooperation with evil as a condition of helping the beaten man.
The federal government is requiring that Catholic agencies (and others) cooperate materially with evil in a way that cannot be justified. Similar to how Catholic Charities has stopped providing adoption services in states that required equal consideration be given to same-sex adopting couples, the Church may be compelled by conscience to stop providing homeless services if the government insists on requiring these evil conditions.
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