This is an interesting news day as regards to Catholic Charities and allowing adoptions to homosexual couples. Lots of information coming via Domenico Bettinelli.
First the Boston Globe contacted Maurice Healy a spokesman for the Archdiocese of San Francisco about if Catholic Charities there was going to continue to allow adoptions to homosexual couples in light of what was going on with Catholic Charities in Boston. They in turn emailed their former bishop and now head of the CDF about this. Cardinal-designate Levada then replied:
In his e-mail, Levada acknowledged that he had been told by Brian Cahill, executive director of Catholic Charities in San Francisco, that three ”difficult to place" children were adopted by gay parents there. Levada said those placements involved ”prudential judgments" about the needs of the children, church teachings, and the mission of the agency.
However, in the e-mail he said a 2003 Vatican document makes clear that ”Catholic agencies should not place children for adoption in homosexual households."
”The reasons given in the document, as well as the potential scandal for the faithful should an archdiocesan agency act contrary to the clear teaching of the church’s magisterium, require that a Catholic bishop follow this clear guidance from the Holy See in his oversight of Catholic diocesan agencies," he wrote.
The next part is pretty funny.
Hours before receiving Levada’s e-mail, in an interview with the Globe, the spokesman for the San Francisco Archdiocese had defended the practice of allowing gay adoptions.
In response to the email you get the reply you would expect.
Believe it or not that is a step in the right direction. Because I think when this document came out in 2003 from the CDF on the subject the reply then was "We’ll be ignoring it."
Which brings us to the next story.
Now the official statement of Catholic Charities in Boston has about as much bite as a man who has misplaced hid dentures, but hey when it comes to the right decision we will take what is given.
…But now, we have encountered a dilemma we cannot resolve. In spite of much effort and analysis, Catholic Charities of Boston finds that it cannot reconcile the teaching of the Church, which guides our work, and the statutes and regulations of the Commonwealth. The issue is adoption to same-sex couples, and we realize that for many it is a sensitive, deeply felt issue of conscience.
Now? Of course Catholic Charities there has been providing adoptions to same-sex couples for some time so exactly what does that have to do with the new state law? The new law really only asks them to continue what they were already doing. No this is just a pretext for them because they were hopefully being pressured by the diocese to stop this practice. The instruction from the CDF came out three years ago. This is nothing new and the questions raised on this subject were authoritatively answered by then Cardinal Ratzinger. But with seven people resigning from the board of Catholic Charities last week maybe the heterodoxy load on the board has shifted.
Dom thinks that the statement "lacks enthusiasm for the Gospel" and I am inclined to agree. Now that Archbishop Sean O’Malley has also issued a statement and it looks like that criticism still applies (as Dom also noted). Another teaching moment wasted. With all of the attention that will be focused on this news it would have been great to see a statement that accurately advanced the Catholic teaching in regards to this subject. We will soon be bombarded with even more stories calling the Church homophobic where the Church’s position will be mischaracterized, so it would be nice to see it accurately stated at least one time in the coming media storm.
Regardless the right action is now happening in Boston. Hopefully it will result in the legislature finally granting a religious exemption to this law. But this is the exact stance that must be done time and time again with the state orders that we must cooperate with evil. There will be only more such cases as time advances and the culture regresses.