Charity's dilemma: Better aborted than parented by gays?

Boston's Catholic Charities will no longer provide adoption services.

Published March 10, 2006 11:19PM (EST)

Catholic Charities, the Boston Archdiocese's social services program, announced Friday that it would no longer provide adoption services. Why? Because homosexuals are allowed by state law to adopt.

A reader named Lorin from Brooklyn, N.Y., wrote to Broadsheet about this ridiculous hypocrisy: "So, let's get this straight: The traditional response to unwanted pregnancy, since abortion is against church law, is adoption." But, Lorin continues, the charity found it more important that a child not be adopted by a gay couple than that the child find an actual home at all. "What are they going to do for these women and children now, pray for them?"

Apparently. The Associated Press reports that the president of Catholic Charities, the Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, and trustees chairman Jeffrey Kaneb said in a joint statement: "At all times we sought to place the welfare of children at the heart of our work. But now, we have encountered a dilemma we cannot resolve."

Gotta love the unabashed honesty. Just when I was beginning to feel that foreign rumble of hope in the pit of my stomach (and feel guilty, even, for being a raging pessimist), along comes this. Is this the gods' way of answering the query I posted earlier?

By Tracy Clark-Flory

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