Wednesday, October 15, 2008
"CATHOLIC" ADOPTION AGENCY OPPOSES BISHOP
LANCASTER, October 14, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - An adoption agency in Lancaster has decided that there is no need for recourse either to Catholic teaching or to the approval of its bishop to continue calling itself Catholic. Catholic Caring Services of Lancaster has told their bishop that they will go ahead with plans to include homosexual partners as prospective adoptive parents and at the same time continue to retain their "Catholic" character.
Jim Cullen, chief executive of Catholic Caring Services announced that the registered religious charity will consider homosexual partners and at the same time, "will remain a Catholic charity, operating the same services, with the same staff, same values and same ethos."...
Bishop O'Donohue issued an ultimatum to the agency saying it must explore "all possible means" within the law to refuse homosexual adoptions or possibly be ousted from diocesan-owned properties and have its diocesan funding cut off.
In his letter, Bishop O'Donohue wrote, "Catholic Caring Services is a Catholic Charity and was established with Catholic money provided to it in the belief that Catholic Caring Services Trustees would use that money in accordance with Catholic teaching." Bishop O'Donohue also warned the agency that they would come into conflict with the government's Charity Commission if they tried unilaterally to redefine themselves as a secular agency.
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