US: Archbishop ‘dismayed’ by Jesuit university offering benefits to same-sex spouses

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An Archbishop in Nebraska has condemned a Jesuit university for offering benefits to same-sex spouses.

Omaha World-Herald reports Creighton University is to offer the benefits to spouses of employees who have been legally married in other states.

The President of the university, Father Timothy Lannon, said: “I asked myself, what would Jesus do in this case? And I can only imagine Jesus being so welcoming of all people.

“Many other Catholic universities, including 21 of the 28 Jesuit universities in the U.S., have done the same”

He added in a letter to the university’s board of trustees: “The extension of benefits is not a statement of approval of same-sex marriages but rather an acknowledgement of our responsibility to serve the needs of faculty and staff who faithfully serve our students and patients every day.”

However, according to Catholic Culture, Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha has said he is “dismayed” by the university’s decision.

He said: “Despite Father Lannon’s claim that this is not a statement of approval of same-sex marriages, this is precisely the message that the University is giving.

“I am dismayed that the recommendation of the University Benefits Committee is thought to supersede divine law regarding marriage.

“There is no tension between Catholic teaching and social justice. Both are grounded in the same truths about the nature of the human person, the complementarity of man and woman and the meaning of human life and love.

“When we experience tension in ensuring respect and just treatment for all persons, including those with same-sex attraction, we have a right to expect a Catholic university to help us see a just path forward, rooted in faith and founded on the rich Catholic intellectual tradition.

“Creighton has failed to fulfill this expectation in this expansion of benefits.”