"It is with regret that we have submitted our resignations as Board members of Catholic Charities today.
We are resigning because we are deeply troubled by the course set out in the Massachusetts Catholic Conference of Bishops' statement yesterday. We believe it is essential that Catholic Charities continue to put the needs of children first and feel that the proposed policy undermines our moral priority of helping vulnerable children find loving homes.
We also cannot participate in an effort to pursue legal permission to discriminate against Massachusetts citizens who want to play their part in building strong families. Moreover, seeking an exemption to the state's non- discrimination clause represents a profound disrespect for those same-sex families with whom the agency has placed children.
Finally, we believe that the statement issued by the state's Bishops undermines the Board's ability to effectively set policy for the organization.
We applaud the extraordinary work of Catholic Charities' executive director and staff, and we regret the clinical and moral dilemma the Bishops' action has caused for them. Catholic Charities has a long and proud history of serving our neediest citizens without exception. The course the Bishops have charted threatens the very essence of our Christian mission. For the sake of the poor we serve, we pray they will reconsider."
Geri Denterlein, President, Denterlein Worldwide Public Affairs
Donna Gittens, CEO, causemedia
Paul LaCamera, General Manager, The WBUR Group
Brian Leary, Partner, Gadsby Hannah
Peter Meade, Executive Vice President, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Colette Phillips, President and CEO, Colette Phillips Communications
Micho Spring, Chairman, Weber Shandwick New England
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