Aug 6, 2006

Shocking horror: S.F. Archdiocese skirts adoption order

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (click on this post's title) that the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco says it will halt its full adoption services -- but will work with the state Dept. of Social Services and with the group California Kids Connection, giving referrals.

From the Chronicle: "Archbishop George Niederauer said that the new partnership would still allow children to be placed with gay and lesbian couples. 'That would be a decision that would be made by the adoption agency,' Niederauer said. 'We can no longer run an agency that makes those decisions...We feel that by withdrawing from direct placement, we would be consistent with the [C]hurch's teachings.'"

The Chronicle says the Archdiocese of San Francisco "will help post pictures of the children on the Internet for prospective parents to view."

The Church said in 2003 that turning children over to homosexuals is "gravely immoral" and "would actually mean doing violence to these children."

A Catholic News Agency article at

"If that work ultimately leads to a match between a gay parent and a foster child, that is fine, said Brian Cahill, executive director of Catholic Charities of San Francisco. 'God loves them all,' he told the Boston Globe. Cahill said his understanding of Church teachings is that a Catholic agency cannot be 'directly involved' in the placement of a child in a same-sex household.

"Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco said he thought the new arrangement was a form of potential 'remote' cooperation that does not conflict with Catholic moral teaching, reported the newspaper. He told the Globe that he consulted his predecessor, Cardinal William Levada, on the plan. Cardinal Levada is now the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith."

(I have not yet found the Globe article that the Catholic News Agency story refers to.)

This is a shocking horror -- the Church helping turn over innocent tots to homosexuals. "Remote," my eye!

The Catholic thing for the Archdiocese to do would be to continue, not end, its adoption services and to flatly refuse to turn over children to homosexuals or to facilitate in the slightest any turning them over to homosexuals. That might well result in persecution of the Church -- but so what, when what is at stake is the children's physical, moral, spiritual and eternal safety?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand why EVERYONE isn't up in arms about this. I'm sick of Niederauer and his whole gang. I thought the Vatican telegram was pretty specific, yet Niederauer STILL found a way around it.


11:18 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Janice,

I couldn't agree with you more that everyone should be upset about any diocese of our Catholic Church -- our Catholic Church! -- finding a way around an order from the Holy See to stop keelhauling innocent tots to homosexuals.

Where is the basic human belief that children need protecting?

Also, Abp. Niederauer says he consulted Cdl. Levada -- who gave the original order. Cdl. Levada seems to have acquiesced in finding a way around his own order!

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Kenneth Fisher, Founder & Chrm. CRCOA said...

Apparently, Niederauer like Levada thinks that calling an elephant a mouse makes it a mouse1

Kenneth M. Fisher

11:14 PM  

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