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Dear faithful Catholic,
You helped raise the visibility about problems with Catholic Charities of Boston several months ago (when they honored a pro-abortion politician), and we are writing to alert to you a new situation which requires urgent action due to the serious consequences for Massachusetts and the rest of the country. If you’re pressed for time, please simply read the following paragraph and you’ll know the most important next step. Additional details via related links are included below. SUMMARY:
In October of 2005, newspapers revealed that Catholic Charities of Boston had been quietly brokering adoptions to homosexual couples for nearly 20 years—a practice which the Vatican calls “gravely immoral.” Catholic Charities had never requested an exemption from the state’s non-discrimination regulation that requires all licensed adoption agencies to serve homosexuals. After several months of study by a Bishop’s panel, the Archbishop of Boston told Catholic Charities to end this practice and requested a state exemption. But, even before legislation was filed, the Catholic Charities Board voted unanimously to abandon its founding mission and stop providing adoption services, rather than fight the unconstitutional state regulation which violates our religious freedoms. The consequences of this infringement by the state are being felt across Massachusetts, and by Catholic adoption agencies across the country. Innocent children are the main victims. If the state can tell the Church they must serve same-sex couples via adoption or cease providing that service, the same could occur readily in the future with respect to marriages, curriculum in Catholic schools, and abortion services in Catholic hospitals.
Please click here to sign a petition to Boston’s Archbishop O'Malley, the bishops of Massachusetts, and the Vatican, respectfully asking them to take strong action with the legislature, courts, and executive branch of government to protect children, women, families, and religious freedom. And please pass this along to your friends and ask them to also help.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Christifideles team
Kids take back seat to gay agenda (March 15, 2006)
State putting Church out of adoption business (March 14, 2006)
In a stunning turn of events, Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley and leaders of Catholic Charities of Boston announced yesterday that the agency will end its adoption work, deciding to abandon its founding mission, rather than comply with state law requiring that gays be allowed to adopt children
Adoption flap a tragedy for children (March 5, 2006)
FOR MORE than a century, Catholic Charities of Massachusetts has been placing abandoned and endangered children in stable adoptive homes. Though its good works today span a wide array of social services, its reputation as an exemplary adoption agency dates back virtually to its founding in 1903.
Seven quit charity over policy of bishops (March 2, 2006)
Seven members of the board of Catholic Charities of Boston, including prominent business and media leaders, announced their resignations yesterday, saying that the Massachusetts bishops' effort to prohibit gays from adopting children from Catholic social service agencies ''threatens the very essence of our Christian mission."
Romney shifts on adoption by gays (March 1, 2006)
Governor Mitt Romney signaled new openness yesterday to considering a request by Catholic bishops to ban gay couples from adopting children from Catholic social service agencies, a shift from earlier comments in which he said he had no authority in the matter.
Committee to Review Catholic Adoption Agency Procedures (11/4/2005) The four bishops of Massachusetts have agreed to create a committee that will review whether the adoption practices of Catholic institutions in the Commonwealth are in compliance with Church teaching. The action comes after media reports revealed that Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston had arranged for the adoption of 13 children by same-sex couples over the last 20 years.
Archdiocesan agency aids in adoptions by gays Despite Vatican teachings that allowing homosexuals to adopt children is ''gravely immoral," the social services agency of the Archdiocese of Boston has allowed 13 foster children to be adopted by same-sex couples in the past two decades. ''If we could design the system ourselves, we would not participate in adoptions to gay couples, but we can't," said the Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, president of Catholic Charities in Boston. ''We have to balance various goods."