Here is a letter to the editor to the San Francisco Chronicle by Archdiosan spokesman Maurice Healy.
Editor — Lost amid vitriolic comments by politicians and others ("San Francisco supervisors slam Vatican on adoptions,” March 22) is the fact that the Catholic Church is not trying to block adoptions by same-sex couples. It simply is saying that in light of Catholic Church teaching on marriage and family life, a Catholic agency should not be the instrument of such adoptions.
Another ignored fact: In the past 20 years, agencies of Catholic Charities in the entire United States have made a grand total of 18 adoptions to same-sex couples. This includes 13 such adoptions by Boston Catholic Charities, and five such adoptions since 2000 by San Francisco Catholic Charities.
Vicious and intolerant attacks on the Catholic Church cannot be justified by the simple desire of the archdioceses of Boston and San Francisco to be in accord with the universal church and Catholic teaching on marriage and family life. Given the minuscule number of adoptions by same-sex couples that have been arranged by U.S. Catholic agencies, it seems clear that the strident opposition to the Catholic Church’s position is driven by something other than concern for children in need of a home.
The church should not suffer intolerance or discrimination because of its religious beliefs. Moreover, the church is not anti-gay. It teaches respect for the dignity of every human being, and love for all our brothers and sisters.
Director of Communications
Archdiocese of San Francisco
Sounds actually like something from the Catholic League instead of a letter actually written by a diocesan spokesman. Usually these spokesman make statements by a lifetime diplomat at the state department sound decisive and firm in comparison.