Skip to comments.Catholic service group leaves Belleville diocese, to follow same-sex law
Posted on 11/11/2011 2:35:59 PM PST by markomalley
The Catholic Diocese of Belleville and Catholic Social Services of Southern Illinois said Thursday that they would part ways in the wake of a new state law that granted same-sex couples the right to seek civil unions and disrupted the work of Catholic agencies working in foster care and adoption.
The announcement came in separate statements months after the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services stopped referring foster care and adoption cases to Catholic charitable groups. Catholic agencies have refused to license same-sex couples in civil unions as foster parents, a position the state sees as discriminatory.
The Catholic Charities agency in Rockford, Ill., opted to pull out of the state's foster care and adoption system on its own in response to the Illinois decision.
A statement from the Belleville Diocese said Catholic Social Services of Illinois "chose to disassociate from the Diocese," because it was "unable to remain faithful to the moral teaching of the Catholic Church" while adhering to the new law. The statement said the agency, which directs foster parents over more than 600 children, would "no longer be connected to or sponsored by the Diocese."
The agency, which incorporated in 1947 as Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Belleville and will now be called Christian Social Services of Illinois, said in its statement that it was separating from the Belleville Diocese so it could adhere to the new law. The agency has offices in Belleville, Carbondale, Mount Carmel, Mount Vernon and Olney. Its 630 foster care cases account for much of its $13 million budget.
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I'm very pleased (and surprised) that the Belleville diocese didn't cave in and compromise. Bully for Bishop Braxton!
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How many at the former “Catholic Social Services” were ever Catholic? The religion of employees is not considered relevant at most “religious” social service agencies. That’s why the government could hit them with the mandates to provide health insurance to unmarried sex partners.
Well, at least they’re changing their name from “Catholic.” But they’re not exactly “Christian” either. How about PC Social Services of Illinois?
Social Services of Illinois is turning over young boys to foster “families” of male homosexuals. The kids’ odds of being abused or molested skyrockets in such situations, media/homosexual lobby propaganda notwithstanding. But Governor Quinn and the other Illinois democrats could care less. They want the financial support of the powerful homosexual lobby. Penn State all over again. What bastards!
So the “state” sees a Christian family adopting a child as wrong but wants to force children into adoption by perverts?
Our country is beyond sick...
Oh well gee SA, that is because perverts are in the Government why else would they want to do our kids in the locker room at Penn state and be against Christianity?
When Rev. Mother Superior and her Sisters ran the place there was none of this
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That sure brings back some childhood memories....
I was quite the ‘hellion’, got to ‘kiss the Cross’ on many an occasion.
Spent enough quality time in solitary (the cloak room) that I still cringe at the smell of golashes and wet slickers..HA..
Still managed to pass, even skipped a grade....<: <:
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