It's not too late actually.
I cannot be convinced it is ever in the “best interest” to have a child placed in the home of a “gay” couple.
I think the church is losing the argument, because, in effect, the judge is right, that the State has no obligation to provide *money* to the church.
Bottom line, in *that* State, the church is effectively out of the adoption business. No matter what arguments the church makes, it can be, and will be, overruled by the State. They will win the battle.
However, there is an alternative. Illinois borders six other States, all of which are far friendlier to the Catholic church. This means that the church can hit Illinois with a two-pronged counterattack.
1) Set up adoption centers just across the border in other States, so that a woman or parents in Illinois who want to put their child up for adoption, and parents who want to adopt can do so easily. Then they can all return to Illinois with their adoptions complete and legal.
These other States should have no objection, because the cost to them is minimal. Adoptive parents can immediately request State aid to help them raise their child, if they wish to do so, and Illinois would be obliged to pay.
2) Sponsor a major advertising campaign in Illinois for both mother or parents who want to put their child up for adoption, and for potential adoptive parents. And this can be somewhat harsh, because its emphasis is that the State is putting children with “anyone who is willing to take them”, but the church will only put them with “a good mother and father”. Show respectable, well to do couples, white, black and Hispanic, holding their newly adopted children and smiling, lovingly.
(Personally, I would also put up “editorial pamphlets”, not directly affiliated with the church, showing the State of Illinois giving children to seedy looking men, selling the children, for example, “by the pound”, like meat, in a back alley. “Load ‘em in the back of my ‘Free Candy’ van!”)
The juxtaposition is a little murky now, because all the clerical offenders of 1960's-'80's Abuse Era were not homosexuals (though most were), and all of the would-be gay child adopters are not abusers (all we can say for sure is that these particular couples do not recognize the sanctity of natural sex and natural marriage.)
Wait a bit, and we will see the Catholic Church criticized, penalized, and finally persecuted for "failing to recognize and affirm" "sex-positive" practices between children and the gay adults they're forced to live with.
The Catholic Reporter, formerly the official newspaper of the Kansas City - St. Joseph, was begun by my predecessor under a policy of editorial freedom. That policy of editorial freedom [I] endorsed on my appointment as bishop of Kansas City - St. Joseph. When the National Catholic Reporter was launched, that original policy of editorial freedom was announced as basic to the new publication.
NOW, AS a last resort, I am forced as bishop to issue a condemnation of the National Catholic Reporter for its disregard and denial of the most sacred values of our Catholic faith. Within recent months the National Catholic Reporter has expressed itself in belittling the basic truths expressed in the Creed of Pope Paul VI; it has made itself a platform for the airing of heretical views on the Church and its divinely constituted structure, as taught by the First and Second Vatican Councils. Vehemently to be reprobated was the airing in recent editions of an attack on the perpetual virginity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the virgin birth of Christ, by one of its contributors.
Finally, it has given lengthy space to a blasphemous and heretical attack on the Vicar of Christ. It is difficult to see how well instructed writers who deliberately deny and ridicule dogmas of our Catholic faith can possibly escape the guilt of the crime defined in Canon 1325 on heresy, and how they can escape the penalties of automatic excommunication entailed thereby.
In fairness to our Catholic people, I hereby issue an official condemnation of the National Catholic Reporter. Furthermore, I send this communication to my brother bishops, and make known to the priests, religious and laity of the nation my views on the poisonous character of this publication.
That condemnation has never been lifted.
Something to keep in mind when reading any content from the National Catholic Fishwrap.