Radical secularists score another one. NYTimes
Roman Catholic bishops in Illinois have shuttered most of the Catholic Charities affiliates in the state rather than comply with a new requirement that says they must consider same-sex couples as potential foster-care and adoptive parents if they want to receive state money. The charities have served for more than 40 years as a major link in the state’s social service network for poor and neglected children.
The bishops have followed colleagues in Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts who had jettisoned their adoption services rather than comply with nondiscrimination laws.
The battle for religious freedom is the civil rights battle of the century.
Either way, though, let’s not forget the broader picture: The decision of the Illinois legislature to initiate the requirement in the first place — knowing it would hamstring Catholic Charities, which provides essential services — demonstrates an appalling willingness to allow an adult agenda — the mainstream acceptance of gay behavior — to supersede children’s interests. The spokesman for the state’s child welfare agency has said he thinks the child welfare system Catholic Charities helped to build is strong enough to withstand CC’s departure. But it’s hard to believe the shuttering of so many CC affiliates won’t make the burden of finding a home for children in need even greater.
We built it. They took it.
December 31, 2011 at 8:38 pm
@Patrick: And government grants to Catholic Charities is not charity, nor is it a donation, but a fair share of the common good.
December 31, 2011 at 8:52 pm
@Patrick" My son told me something about the "scapegoat". The scapegoat was trained to fall down and play dead when it heard the sound of the wolves. The wolves gobbled up the scapegoat and left the sheep alone. (C)do it on the taxpayers dime and follow the laws. The taxpayer's dime is not given over to be abused, foster lust, and corrupt government. Perhaps the Catholic Church has chosen correctly in avoiding the bloodstained money…but the tax payer did not handover his money as bloodstained, but as his fair share for the common good.
December 31, 2011 at 9:41 pm
@Patrick, at least have the intellectual integrity to say what you mean: the bishops are guilty of double-plus ungood unthink.
January 1, 2012 at 7:32 pm
Your excellent posts remind of the fact that Catholics are tax-paying citizens. It is OUR MONEY. We have every right to have a say in how it is spent!
January 2, 2012 at 4:40 am
I'll be right here if there are any sensible or coherent replies.
January 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm
I guess parents are really just babysitters for 18 years. According to the wisdom of the age, there's no difference between a mother and a father, who might have an existing well-run family into which they can integrate an adoptee, and a single person by themselves, or a same-sex pair who cannot have a natural family.
It blows my mind that by magic government fairy dust power, the rich and powerful can just declare that children can be raised by anything and anyone. I would imagine this is just one step towards all children being wards of the state in every case. What a brave, new world we live in!
January 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm
@Patrick: @Charles: "The people have the First Amendment." Government (read Hillary Clinton) has redefined the First Amendment‘s Freedom of Religion as the “Worship”” of God. The acknowledgement of the Person of God has been banned from the people. The worship of God has been banned from the people, Prayer has been banned from the people. The Person of God has been banned from creation. Our Creator has been banned from the public square, from legislation, from the acknowledgement of God’s existence. Religion, and the Freedom is man’s response to God’s gift of existence. Government has redefined man’s conscience into the narrow description of the worship of God WHO has been banned from the public square, from the public domain, from man’s conscience. GOD IS EXISTENCE. GOD IS BEING. GOD IS GOD. HUMAN BEING IS GOD’S EXISTENCE IN MAN. Without the Real Presence of God, man does not exist. God creates man, (The Declaration of Independence) and man acknowledges God for freedom, by freedom, with freedom. The government has redefined marriage as between or among anything or anybody or any vice in favor of the practice of LUST, bestiality, paganism, sodomy and/or lesbianism. Government has redefined “nature and nature’s God” (The Declaration of Independence). Government has redefined God and man’s response to God. Government has redefined man’s conscience after having refused to acknowledge the Person of God, after having denied the personhood of man. The Constitution is a living document ratified by two thirds of the states, not the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is to acknowledge the Person of God as “our Creator” and endower of "unalienable rights", “nature and nature’s God” and the petition for “Divine Providence”, as ratified by the two thirds of the states in our Declaration of Independence, July 4th 1776. God has been banned from the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Any person who denies these founding principles to another person, forfeits his own unalienable civil rights and citizenship, making Roe v. Wade illegitimate, making Obamacare illegitimate and treason. Congress makes and legislates the will of the people, not Obamacare, nor Rural Councils, nor Hillarycare, nor the United Nations, not International Law. Congress legislates the will of the people without coercion, fraud, or totalitarianism. “Congress shall make no law”…because CONGRESS MAKES ALL LAW according to the will of the people. Otherwise it is taxation without representation.
January 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm
@Anonymous: When two become one, the definition of how a new person comes into existence, of how a new DNA is formed, of how a man and woman become a family, of how a nation is formed. Government does not create man, the nature of man, or creation. God does. must go to Mass and say the Rosary. Patrick for HHS.
January 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm
@Mary De Voe: "When two become one" God gives the person HIS NAME: "I AM"