Monday, June 22, 2009

"Totally Unnacceptable"

Good news on the Feastday of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher! Archbishop Nichols of Westminster steps up.

From the Daily Mail UK:

Gay rights law halts Catholic adoptions

The adoption agency headed by Britain's most senior Roman Catholic churchman declared yesterday that gay rights laws have forced it to stop trying to find potential homes for children.

The Catholic Children's Society, whose president is Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, announced that it will no longer assess individuals or couples as prospective adoptive or foster parents.

The charity has pulled out of its principal role because it cannot reconcile Church teaching on marriage and the family with the demands of the Sexual Orientation Regulations, Labour's gay rights laws that compel adoption agencies to assess same-sex couples as prospective parents as well as heterosexuals. 'We do this with deep regret but have been forced into this position,' said a spokesman.

The agency was founded in 1859 and the move brings to an end a service offered by one of the oldest adoption agencies in the country.

'The trustees are convinced that what is best for children is that they be brought up by married couples. This is shown by research but it is also consonant with the teaching of the Church.

'It would be totally unacceptable for our Catholic agency to act in a way that is at odds with the teaching of the Church.'

Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney

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