Thursday, May 5, 2011

ILLINOIS: Catholic Charities To Defy Civil Unions Law On Gay Adoptions

See my comment on the subject below. Thanks

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Catholic Charities of Peoria, Illinois says that it will continue to deny its adoption services to gay people despite the recent failure of a bill that would have exempted them from anti-discrimination laws. Civil unions go into effect in Illinois on June 1st

"The Catholic Church is not going to be OK with Catholic Charities processing applications from anyone in a civil union," said Trish Fox, who runs Catholic Charities of Peoria. "And all we're asking is that we can continue what we've always done, which is refer cohabitating couples, heterosexual or homosexual, to another agency."
The group says they'll close their doors before complying with the law. Catholic League blowhard Bill Donohue offers his congratulations.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria does not discriminate between heterosexuals or homosexuals. It simply defends the institution of marriage. Heterosexual men and women who cohabit are no different from homosexual couples who live together: neither are married and both are therefore disqualified from receiving the sponsorship of Catholic adoption services. They can go elsewhere, and are indeed advised of alternative services by Catholic Charities. But no one has a right to demand that a religion forfeit its doctrinal prerogatives by bowing to the secular creed of the state in matters of marriage and the family. Those who truly believe in diversity will respect the plea for pluralism made by Catholic Charities. If separation of church and state means anything, it means the right of religious bodies to practice their faith without state encroachment.
Except, of course, when religious bodies receive massive public assistance.

This is not the first time the Catholic Church and their charities have  pulled the plug on helping the poor or adoption services.
They did in DC when gay marriage became legal there. They closed up shop and left the poor go hungry and kids that had hope, nothing.  They were collecting 2 million in public funds to assist them in finding homes for kids in need but rather than abide by the Anti-Discrimination laws, they closed 11 charity sites. All this did was prove that they are not about true charity. As far as I know, no one has stepped up to take over. Very sad.

I have no problem with people's belief systems as long as they keep it to themselves and not try to push in on me or to inject them into secular law.

Catholic Charities have done a great job to help when government agencies are overwhelmed but the true test of charity and Christianity is to help anyone in need.

Basically, if you want to help the needy and you are getting public funding, you have to abide by the public laws of non-discrimination. Otherwise fund it your self. This is not a hard concept to understand. It is sad that the catholic church will close their doors than embrace the true word of their faith.

What would Jesus do? I don't think he would give a crap if a couple or the kid was gay as long as they have a shot at being happy and loved together.

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