It seems that all the stories on the various Catholic Charities could be made into a soap opera. First with all of the shenanigans in Boston’s Catholic Charities finally resulting in the right action we now turn our attention to San Francisco’s Catholic Charities. The other day Bishop Niederauer issued a mild statement that was interpreted by his spokesman to say "Catholic Charities will no longer place children with homosexual parents for adoption." This is one of the few recorded instances in recent history of a diocesan spokesman actually speaking clearly and rather strongly in accordance with Church teaching.
Now Valerie Schmalz has the latest on the twist and turns of the current story. Not exactly surprising for San Francisco
The chief administrative officer of San Francisco’s Catholic Charities is an openly gay man who has a daughter he adopted four years ago with his homosexual partner.
…San Francisco Catholic Charities board member Nanette Miller, a lesbian, told the Advocate about her support for gay adoptions: "Part of giving care to everyone is not being discriminatory. I firmly believe that being a qualified parent is not defined by sexual orientation."
Her article also reports:
However, in an interview published in the March 21st edition of the San Francisco Chronicle Catholic Charities executive director Brian Cahill disputed there is now a prohibition on gay adoptions at his agency. "This is an outright statement that is false," Cahill said of Healy’s assertion. "Mr. Healy is, A, mistaken, B, doesn’t speak for Catholic Charities and, frankly, it’s clear to me that he’s not speaking for the archbishop these days." The Chronicle also reported that a spokesman for the state attorney general did not know if funding would be withdrawn by California, as it was in Massachusetts when Boston Catholic Charities was forced to cease same sex adoptions.
So the Archbishop’s spokesman is not speaking for the bishop these days and I guess Mr. Cahill has stepped in for the job. When it comes to clear Catholic teaching and magisterial documents; Mr. Cahill is, A, mistaken, B, doesn’t speak for the Catholic Church and frankly it is clear to me he’s not speaking for the Archbishop of even for the faith these days.
We will just have to wait till the Archbishop returns from Rome for the installation of his predecessor Archbishop Levada’s as a cardinal to watch the next episode of "How Catholic Charities Turns" and "All my heretics."