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

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

By Tracy Clark-Flory
March 11, 2006 4:19AM (UTC)
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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?"

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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?


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