Catholic Foster Care Won't Have Gay Couples Adopting in Illinois

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'Cause you'd hate to see these guys dote on a baby.
Congratulations, Illinois' LGBT community. Beginning tomorrow, you can proverbially tie the knot in the "Land of Lincoln." 

True, you can't technically call it marriage, but Illinois' new civil-union law provides you many of the benefits enjoyed by married, heterosexual couples and signifies a big step toward gaining you the civil rights you deserve.

Of course, try telling that to the Rockford Diocese of the Catholic Church. Last week the diocese announced it would end its state-funded adoption and foster care service for fear that the new Illinois law could require it to place children in the homes of homosexual couples.

According to a spokesperson for the diocese, Catholic doctrine "does not condone same-sex unions or unmarried cohabitation between individuals of the opposite sex."

"We believe in the natural order of marriage and the sacrament of matrimony between one man and one woman," said spokesperson Penny Wiegert. "We also believe and promote the optimal God-given privilege of every child to be reared in a safe and loving family with a committed and loving male father and female mother whenever possible."

The diocese had wanted language in the the law that would allow it to refer same-sex couples to other agencies that assist the state with adoptions and foster care. Catholic Charities of Rockford handles some 300 children in foster care. Those children will now be placed with other groups.

Meanwhile, other Catholic dioceses -- including those in Springfield and Southern Illinois -- are weighing their options and could choose to end their adoption and foster care programs thanks to the new law.

This, mind you, from a religious outfit that for decades aided its homosexual and/or pedophile clergy in the rape and/or molestation of hundreds of innocent children.

"This is a sad display of bigotry by Catholic Charities, and their bigotry will now be harming the children in their care," responded Anthony Martinez, executive director of the Chicago-based LGBT organization, The Civil Rights Agenda. "Those are the victims in this, and my heart truly goes out to them."

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Lynne Ray13
Lynne Ray13

YOU KNOW THEY SAY THIS STATE IS GREAT I DIFFER ON THAT OK CATHLIC PLACES ARE HAVING A COW ABOUT GAYS ADOBTING THEN WHY IN THE HELL DO U ALLOW A SEX OFFENDER TO ADOPT 2 CHILD IN THIS STATE AND HE GOES TO YOUR CHURCH SO DONT AND SIT HERE AND PUT GAYS DOWN WHEN YOU DEFEND A SEX OFFENER AND ALLOW HIM TO BE AROUND CHILDEREN 

JeffreyRO55
JeffreyRO55

The catholic church deciding what's good for children? Am I the only one here who sees the awful irony in that?! Good riddance to the catholics. They shouldn't be allowed to be around children anyhow.

Soho Politico
Soho Politico

If the author of this piece is a supporter of gay rights, as the opening sentences certainly suggest, then he will want to think again about equating homosexuality and pedophilia, as he appears to do in the penultimate paragraph.

JJ
JJ

I just want to correct a grave  mistake in the article:"This, mind you, from a religious outfit that for decades aided its homosexual and/or pedophile clergy in the rape and/or molestation of hundreds of innocent children. "How many times does it need to be said?? - homosexuality has nothing to do with pedophilia. Pedophiles victimize children sexually - male and female. they are usually heterosexual, regardless of who they abuse. Abuse is about power and control.

Bill
Bill

What on earth does an organization of child rapists and men who cover up those rapes think it has to teach us about family or morality?

Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson

The Catholic Church really needs to do some soul searching.

Maybe it will actually discover if it has one or not.

Jennifer Remmers
Jennifer Remmers

I don't think I have ever read an article that is more unfair or biased than this one!  First of all the author needs to get his story straight.  The State of Illinois is pulling funding for adoption services if the diocese continues to refer couples who do not fall into their requirements (stable male/female married couple, or a suitable single person) to other agencies.  Why is it news to people that the Catholic church views being in a homosexual relationship and co-habitation as immoral and an unsuitable environment for a child!?!  The state will not allow these children to stay within the care of Catholic Charities without proper funding set up, THEY HAD NO CHOICE!  This is unconstitutional, and this mindset is going to push one of the biggest and most influential charities into the ground by labeling them bigots. 

What's even more angering is that the state came to Christian religious organizations when they realized that they could not run child services as well as private organizations could!  They offered these organizations money to run the program for them, and for the past 20 years that is what has been happening, now they are pulling the plug!  The state has difficulty running a lot of programs, there is a lot of corruption, things get lost or the system just doesn't work. 

Finally we need set the record straight.  There is no hatred or animosity towards homosexual community.  While certain people may hold hatred, the Church has none... they are in the business of forgiveness and love and if you experience or hear of any thing other than that, please realize that people are human and that they are making a mistake.  Please realize that ANY sexual relationship that is fruitless, or lustful (this includes heterosexuals) is considered a sin.  Catholics only want the best for these children, and they view the best as a stable happy married (male/female) couple as they view God has intended and designed us for.  If you view things differently then that is your prerogative. 

The thing that is really twisted is that this civil union/same sex marriage thing was "not supposed to affect us".  By choosing to back this 'belief' they are calling all opposing 'beliefs' wrong. 

Hokeyjeepers
Hokeyjeepers

so essentially you are saying don't put children with the gays because they are too promiscuous?  

Norman Dostal
Norman Dostal

Jennifer, anti-gay is wrong-no way else to say it...do you think the KKK has a good point about blacks? of course not..Look, the church is saying that expressing physical love in a gay relationship will make both people burn in hell for all eternity-that is the most hateful thing you can say to anyone-sorry, bigotess, you dont get to hide behind religion.Furthermore, now the bigoted hate filled church thinks it shoudl be able to use tax money and be discriminatory toward millions-nope-they dontThey are free to discriminate if they pay for it themselvesGod is clearly guiding us toward full equality-the bigots lose-follow God or burn in hellYour choice

Bill
Bill

What on earth does an organization of child rapists and men who cover up those rapes think it has to teach us about family or morality?Nice try, Jennifer, but TOTAL BARF.  

Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson

Ummm, the state isn't pulling its money, at least not yet.  If it was, all the dioceses in the state would be making the same announcement.

This is political theater from a Bishop looking to make his bones with Rome.

Guest
Guest

http://www.ncregister.com/dail...

This article is a gem about that topic... even goes on to say that having these types of adoption is the worse thing for the child. You can't promote hate with my tax dollars, it makes them no better than the crazies at the Westboro Chuch.

Monica Spaunhorst
Monica Spaunhorst

that's why they are ending their part in state-funded adoption and foster care

Monica Spaunhorst
Monica Spaunhorst

First of all, I think Chad Garrison should have probably have been a bit more cautious when writing.  It is very slanted and could get people defensive and that is no way to start a mature conversation about such a "hot" topic.

Second of all, I completely agree with gay marraige.  I think that all people should be allowed to marry if they would like regardless of their age, gender, sexual orientation, race, morals, beliefs, ect.  I think it's ridiculous that the US government, a government who was founded (somewhat) on religious freedom.  Our government is being run by Christians who want to uphold Christian values which I don't think is right.  Basically, (the way I see it) the government is forcing Americans to live within Christian guidelines.  In speaking to this, I also don't understand why abortion (along with other "Christian" issues) are government concerns.

In saying all of that, I think that probably the Catholics could have gone a different way; maybe they should not have shut down their adoption agencies until they were forced to allow homosexuals to adopt.  In the same regard, I understand why the Catholics want to end their involvement with adoption if they might be forced to adopt to homosexuals because that is something that Catholics do not believe in.

I don't particularly agree with what the Catholics near Chicago are doing but I understand why they are ending their adoption involvement.  They are stopping it because they do not want the government to require them to adopt to a group of people they do not agree with.

jaybird1951
jaybird1951

Please explain why one tiny group compromising less than 2% of the population (actually an even smaller group within that -2%) can be allowed to force the entire country and culture to change the definition of marriage that has existed for thousands of years on every continent and in every culture: the union of male and female. That is what marriage means by its very definition. Two people of the same sex cannot contract a marriage because they do not qualify as such. To call their coupling a marriage is an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms. The entire weight of proof lies on those who demand societal recognition of same sex unions. To call others bigots because they hold to the traditional definition of marriage is unjust and unfair.

Rudy Moore
Rudy Moore

It's not about the size of the group, it's doing what's civilly and humanly right.

Religious persecution, slavery, Jim Crow, Don't Ask Don't Tell. The opposers have always been outnumbered and outgunned, and yet they've persevered and won. You can have your semantics, but you won't deny the just their due rights.

Joel Frese
Joel Frese

Wow dude. Your article basically says "Catholic Church bad and all it's clergy and they do nothing good ever." Seriously? Look, I'm Catholic and I'm not happy about the decision from the Rockford Diocese but put yourself in their place for one moment: A religious order, Christian, sworn to a life oath to follow the traditions of Christ. What the hell are they suppose to do in this situation? Honestly, I bet they were torn about it and I bet this has really been heart breaking. Catholics love family more than most Churches, in my opinion. I can say that I don't agree with the Diocese decision but I understand. That's like asking a Buddhist to help build assault riffles at a factory. Lastly, I find it really interesting that anything bad from a Catholic Church gets immediately published in every news paper. However, in a corporate American church, we don't hear anything. When I was Protestant, I went to a small non-denom "church" where two men molested some boys. It was shocking and unbelievable but nobody ever said anything about it in the paper. Nobody pointed fingers for the next fifty years. If I asked somebody back in that small town, I bet nobody would know about it. I bet the criminals are out of jail by now too. It's disgusting and with all of the good that the Catholic Church does, writers like you, Chad, are saying bad. I don't understand it, man! If there is a bad element in a group, don't single out the entire group. Especially if you're a writer. Am I right?

Stanley J
Stanley J

the catholic church has  been found to be molesting children all over the world.  That alone should require they have nothing to do with children.

And it wasn't a group - it was priests all over, and a lot of the heirarchy as well. Why do you think that so many  diosceses have gone bankrupt.

take a look at these links if you have an open mind, not brainwashed......

http://jurist.org/paperchase/2...     Jan 2011

 

http://www.philadelphiadistric...         this is link to Philadelphiagrand jury report   on catholicchurch  abuse

 

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co...

      Also googlechristian brothers Irelandfor more horror stories about the catholic church and child victims

 

www.catholicarrogance.org       

 

More child abuse right under the popes nose – the foxguarding the henhouse………

 

http://www.time.com/time/world...

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purple martin
purple martin

Okay, since you are so adamant about pointing out child abuse involving Catholic clergy (and the numbers are VERY SMALL, not that that should excuse them), where are your links to the child abuse involving public school teachers, clergy of Protestant denominations, boy scout leaders, family members, etc? THOSE numbers are MUCH, MUCH greater than those involving Catholic clergy. I don't see the same screaming and hollering and demanding of accountability that goes on when Catholic clergy are involved. You need to do your research instead of just mouthing off what you hear in the liberal press.  You will have to hunt for it. But, it's available. You would be SHOCKED by the numbers and you would quit your blathering about things of which you are ignorant.

Rudy Moore
Rudy Moore

There's a slight difference: the Catholic Church is one very large centrally-based international organization, while the rest aren't. Akin to McDonald's pointing the finger at Rally's for having crappy food. Telling people they're statistically wrong without providing citations and that WE NEED TO HUNT FOR IT... no. You're the one trying to convince others here. The facts of the Catholic Church pulling their foster support because they're anti-gay isn't just parroting the liberal press; it's actually happening. But enjoy keeping your head in the sand while you can before the wind blows it away.

Valentine
Valentine

I'm not excusing any form of child abuse, but why there is such a large controversy between what the bible says and what the priests ACTUALLY do make this a huge ordeal. For centuries, people were covering up  sacrilegious acts which were done by priests, who are people that are supposed to be promoting the bible. How can those people get away with child abuse yet having a child in the hands of two gay men is completely intolerable? That simply contradicts itself. The only difference between a gay man and a straight man is their sexual preference, how can that be a large enough reason to deem them unreliable and unable to adopt children? 

On another note, Catholics are now depriving foster kids of an incredibly happy life, home and a family that wants them. So if it's the attacking the religion part of this article that you aren't fond of, think about how this alters the other children's lives.

What is even more absurd is that Catholics despise gays because according to them they "chose" to be that way. Read a book on biology, on child birth, on the way the brain develops in the womb and you will soon realize that they aren't choosing to be gay, they are born that way. So you are stripping people of their rights because of being unwillingly different. I thought we were living in a progressive world but the more I hear of catholics or any religion not recognizing Gays as eligible and legitimate people, the more i'm aware that its a sham to think that we are moving forward. As long as people have those beliefs we will be trapped in this shameful, pessimistic, and closed minded world. We will never be able to move forward as a society if people like this adoption agency keep holding us back. 

STLNEWSMOD
STLNEWSMOD

Tell me, then, what the spokeswoman for the Rockford Diocese is implying when she says that children should be "reared in a safe and loving family?" To me that seems to suggest that gay couples could never provide that. Why? Because the church considers them pariahs. Meanwhile it will allow thousands of gay men to become priests under some bizarre Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

Okay, bible thumpers need to grow up.  Your pro life and insist that all babies need to be born yet refuse to allow a group of people willing to adopt to actually adopt.So wrong on many levels.

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