Marquette’s Misplaced Compassion
Marquette University plans to start offering domestic partner benefits to its employees beginning in 2012. According to Marquette President Robert A. Wild, “If we are truly pastoral in our application of the Jesuit principle of cura personalis, I asked myself if I could reconcile that with denying health benefits to a couple who have legally registered their commitment to each other.”
We could ask why are persons involved in same-sex sexual relationships employed teaching students by a Catholic University, however, even under Wild’s belief that cura personalis requires care for the entire person, the action cannot be justified. Care of the entire person includes not only the body, but also the soul and the psychological well-being. If persons employed by Marquette are struggling with same-sex attraction, then the University could offer counseling or encourage the establishment of a chapter of Courage. Offering benefits encourages persons in same-sex relationships to continue in what the church considers as objectively immoral behavior. The commitment of two persons to continue in a same-sex sexual relationship is a commitment not to seek help or healing.
If some of these couples decide, because health care benefits for dependent children are now available, to undergo artificial insemination by donor or use a surrogate to create a child, they are willfully, purposefully, and permanently depriving a child of either a father or mother. This is a pernicious form of child abuse, because the parent on whom the child is dependent deprives the child of an essential –parents of both sexes. President Wild and the Marquette faculty who support this move will be accomplices to this abuse.
I suggest that those who support artificial insemination by donor for lesbian couples read “My Daddy’s Name is Donor,” available on the web. Marquette’s misguided compassion will cause real suffering for children its policies supposedly care for.