Canon Law Professor Kurt Martens was quoted in the National Catholic Register about same-sex benefits. See the article below.

Same-Sex Benefits Controversy at Catholic Universities and Hospitals

From: National Catholic Register Date: Oct. 30, 2014 Author: Joan Frawley Desmond


However, Kurt Martens, a professor of canon law at The Catholic University of America (CUA), contends that Catholic institutions and local bishops already have the tools they need to make tough choices.

Even when the Catholic institution in question is a health-care network with hospitals in multiple dioceses, Martens said, bishops can find time to "sit together and have a comprehensive response that could be taken to a higher level. It is always good when bishops act together."

In particular, Martens said, a local bishop should step in whenever a Catholic hospital or university adopts policies that appear to violate Catholic teaching.

He noted that CUA's president, John Garvey, made a similar point during the debate over whether Church-affiliated institutions could adopt the Health and Human Services' contraceptive mandate.

Martens recalled that Garvey asked, "How can we, as a Catholic institution, adopt the mandate, when it goes against what we teach our students? What we do and what we teach would be in conflict."

"Isn't that the same question here?" Martens continued. "If a Catholic university provides benefits to same-sex spouses, what they do and what they teach are in conflict."

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