We reported on this issue last weekwhen the organization chose discrimination over love. Catholic Charities had a contract with the Erie County Department of Social Services, but because New York prohibits discrimination against same-sex couples, the Church decided to close down the agency rather than put a child in the loving home of a same-sexc couple that was eager and qualified to adopt in every other way. Now, some of the workers are saying Bishop Richard J.
In Joliet, for example, the agency runs this Head Start program. It also shelters and nourishes children in need. Now though, as director Glenn Van Cura knows, Catholic Charities is in a bitter legal dispute with the state because when it comes to fostering or adopting children, the organization will take married and single people but will not accept same-sex or unmarried couples.
He shared with ZENIT the history and issues that led to the gay adoptions, and how the Massachusetts bishops and concerned laity can defend the Church. Inthe commonwealth of Massachusetts passed anti-discrimination legislation that included protections for same-sex individuals. The impact on adoptions was somewhat muted because of the preference in general for married couples in adoptive placements.
Catholic Charities of Buffalo will end its foster care and adoption program because state rules that bar discrimination based on sexual orientation conflict with church teachings, officials from the organization said Thursday. Walczyk, the chief executive officer of Catholic Charities, told The News. A same-sex couple recently applied to the agency to become adoptive foster parents, and that precipitated the agency's decision, Walczyk said.
Catholic Charities of Buffalo will no longer provide foster care and adoption services to new clients because a New York state law would force it to violate Catholic teachings on homosexuality and marriage. The entity will continue to serve its existing foster families but will not accept new applications until its contract with Erie County Department of Social Services expires in March The move comes weeks after a same-sex couple submitted an application with Catholic Charities to become adoptive or foster parents, according to a news release.
New York State requires same-sex couple have the same right as heterosexual couples to adopt children. Catholic doctrine defines marriage as a union exclusively between a man and a woman. Citing the irreconcilable difference, Catholic Charities has decided to end its long-running foster care and adoption services.
The organization has a contract with the Erie County Department of Social Services to place children in foster and adoptive families. State law in New York does not allow contracting organizations to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. A same-sex couple approached the agency recently to apply to become foster parents. The agency said that this led to its decision to end all adoption and foster services.
Due to New York laws prohibiting discrimination against same-sex couples, Catholic Charities of Buffalo will shut down its foster care and adoption program, according to The Buffalo News. Walczyk, the chief executive officer of Catholic Charities, told The News. The Catholic church maintains that marriage can take place only between a man and a woman, leaving the organization no choice but to close its operations, the Catholic Charities officials said, because the state requires contracting organizations to allow same-sex couples to adopt or foster children.
Vanessa Romo. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, pictured earlier this month, has settled a lawsuit by same-sex couples who argued their rights were violated by faith-based adoption agencies that don't want to work with gays and lesbians. Faith-based adoption agencies in Michigan that benefit from taxpayer funding will no longer be allowed to legally turn away same-sex couples or LGBTQ individuals based on religious objection, under the terms of a settlement in a lawsuit alleging the practice constituted discrimination. Attorney General Dana Nessel reached the settlement with the ACLU on Friday, recognizing that a law that permitted state-contracted child welfare agencies to refuse to provide foster care or adoption services that conflicted with their religious beliefs violates federal anti-discrimination laws.