Tuesday, June 03, 2008
SOLUTION TO CATHOLIC ADOPTION PROBLEM? LIVE THE FAITH
It seems to obvious and so simple, yet it comes as a revelation:
LANCASTER, UK, June 2, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Catholic bishop of Lancaster has offered his adoption agency a solution to the threat of the Sexual Orientation Regulations that are forcing it to close. Bishop Patrick O'Donohue has penned a letter suggesting that Catholic Caring Services in the Diocese of Lancaster adopt a totally Catholic ethos in order to maintain the integrity of its services, especially in the adopting of needy children.
Changing the constitution of Catholic Caring Services to ensure that children will not be adopted out to either homosexual partners or to single people and unmarried couples, will provide a safeguard against prosecution under the new law.
The Equality Act, of which the Sexual Orientation Regulations are a part, also prevents public authorities "discriminating on the grounds of religion or belief". As such, Catholic Caring Services can continue to operate, the bishop said, if the constitutions of Catholic Caring Services "make it crystal clear that it will operate in accordance with the religious and moral principles of the Catholic Faith".
Bishop O'Donoghue, has written to his flock explaining that Catholic doctrine holds natural marriage as the only situation into which children may be given for adoption. As an agency of the Catholic Church, Catholic Caring Services can continue to operate if its constitutions are altered to bring it completely in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church on marriage and family life.