What About Consulting Employees?

Let’s pile on Archbishop Wuerl from another angle. Money quote from the Archdiocese of Washington on cutting benefits for spouses of new employees:

The archdiocese defended the decision, saying that the Wuerl had consulted theologians, Catholic Charities executives and legal experts.

Theologians, I can understand. As for executives, well, they might be getting paid enough so that medical benefits for some of their family could be absorbed from the budget for vacations, investments, booze or whatever. Legal experts seem to be sitting at the right hand of some cathedra these days.

My biggest complaint about this: they didn’t appear to consult the employees. While current employee spouses are pretty much covered, I suspect it might be hard for the archdiocese to attract new hires. You don’t suppose the chancery will be offering an extra five, seven percent to even things out for new employees with spouses, do you?


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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4 Responses to What About Consulting Employees?

  1. DCH says:

    This approach removes the protection group enrolless have against getting turned down or charged more for having any ‘precondition’ the private market insurer deems “undesirable.” Its the major flaw in the “free-market” we have today. This also works against enlarging the insured population-adding to our problem.
    They are also inflicting a directharm on employees who have nothing to to do with the underlying disute and are unwittingly creating the ONLY provable public harm from same sex marraige. (Ironic)
    If they dropped my family coverage for this reason I’d sue them using a “legal expert” also known as an employment lawyer – just to force them to defend themselves in an open court room.

  2. Michael says:

    In case you hadn’t noticed, the institutional Catholic Church has nothing to do with God.

  3. Jimmy Mac says:

    Tim Unsworth has words of wisdom in these matters. These selections, taken from the book “Tim Unsworth”, a collection of his articles in NCR between 1982 and 2007, published by Acta Publications in 2008

    Bishops break out in shingles in the face of ambiguity; laity live with it each day in their homes, jobs and social life.

    Chancery offices constantly view the faithful as so befuddled that, without unctuous instruction, they would confuse the holy water fountain with a birdbath.

    Why is it that a church founded by a man who walked on water is now often administered by mean, mindless men who walk on the manure of guilt and betrayal and who prefer to flay consciences rather than to read the book of John? It’s awfully hard to subordinate one’s love of God to the rules of earthly ministers.

    Good shepherds don’t need fences; poor ones erect them.

  4. M.. says:

    It’s an attack on the straights…

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