Skip to comments.Gay "Marriage" Law Forces D.C. Archdiocese to End Foster Care....
Posted on 02/17/2010 1:25:39 PM PST by TaraP
WASHINGTON, DC, February 17, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has been forced to give up the foster care program it ran with the aid of public funds, after repeated warnings that there would be no other choice should the D.C. City Council insist that the archdiocese recognize gay "marriage" partners in its employment practices.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Catholic Charities handed over the foster-care program intact to the National Center for Children and Families on February 1. Catholic Charities, whose foster program included 43 children, 35 families and seven staff, runs more than 20 social service programs for the District of Columbia and receives $20 million in city funding.
Before the City Council approved the marriage bill in December, the archdiocese pointed out that, unless religious exemption language were broadened, the law would force Catholic Charities to violate Catholic moral teaching in providing spousal benefits for "married" homosexual partners of employees. Council members ignored the request for better language protecting religious rights.
Pending a period of congressional review, the marriage bill will likely become law within a few weeks.
When in November critics accused the archdiocese of using the foster care program to strong-arm the city, Archdiocesan spokeswoman Susan Gibbs shot back, saying, "We are not threatening to walk out of the city."
Instead, she said, "the city is the one saying, 'If you want to continue partnering with the city, then you cannot follow your faith teachings.'"
Following news of the transfer, Catholic League president Bill Donohue said Archbishop Donald Wuerl "did not want to end the foster-care program, but he was left with no realistic option."
"District lawmakers could have granted the kind of religious exemptions that would have ensured a continuation of services, but instead they sought to create a Catch-22 situation for the archdiocese," said Donohue. "Surely they knew that Archbishop Wuerl was not going to negotiate Catholic Church teachings on marriage, yet that hardly mattered to them.
"The real losers are the children who were served by the Catholic Church."
He continued: "Those who say that Wuerl is throwing the kids overboard are phonies. If Planned Parenthood were told that as a condition of public funding it had to refer Catholic women having second thoughts about abortion to a crisis pregnancy center, it would scream violation of church and state, refuse the money and end this program.
"Well, Archbishop Wuerl isnt about to allow the state to run roughshod over Catholic doctrine, and that is why he is being forced to drop the foster-care program."
They should move ahead using private funding. There will be lots of people willing to open up their pocketbooks if they know the children are going to good Christian homes.
Take money from “Uncle”, go by uncle’s rules. It’s the same with public schools.
It was the same way back when states could either impose a 55mph speed limit or forgo federal highway aid.
And it will be the same when fed tells churches to not preach against homosexuality or lose their tax exempt status.
Correct - Why would a Church or anything related to church (I don’t know what a Archdiocese is) take Govt funds.
Cardinal Spellman of New York was denied funds for textbooks. He told Albany: “No funds and I’ll close the schools”. He got his funding. Politicians knew that he WOULD do it, leaving them with a bunch of kids and no schools.
Archbishop Wuerl is to be commended.
I think those who go into government social work are themselves deviates.
Knowing people who have had to deal with social workers, I’d have to agree with you.
Take money from Uncle, go by uncles rules.
I don’t think the group was accepting any funds from the government. Their problem was being told that they would be guilty of discrimination for refusing spousal benefits for homosexual couples.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has been forced to give up the foster care program it ran with the aid of public funds
Sounds reasonable enough. If you get money from the government, you play by government rules.
But what if federal dollars and subsidies are virtually EVERYWHERE? The government is an inescapable blob. Billions of dollars spilling into nearly every corner of society.
If you get a dime, whether accidentally or on purpose, the feds will try to control you.
HIV infestion rate: Highest in USA
Infant mortality rate: Highest in USA Education rate: 49th or 50th consistently in the USA. But......we ...mean.....well
Oops! Must learn to read and not skim. I have been doing a lot of that lately. Thanks for the correction. I am duly chastened.