Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe speaks up again about the controversy over Catholic Charities policy of not placing children with homosexual couples. (See earlier blog entry here.) The Human Rights Campaign, a national lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender political organization, recently issued a press release on this. The organization said of the Boston Archdiocese: “These bishops are putting an ugly political agenda before the needs of very vulnerable children."
As Jacoby notes, if anyone has a political agenda, it would be the Human Rights Campaign. He points out:
"Catholic Charities made no effort to block same-sex couples from adopting. It asked no one to endorse its belief that homosexual adoption is wrong. It wanted only to go on finding loving parents for troubled children, without having to place any of those children in homes it deemed unsuitable. Gay or lesbian couples seeking to adopt would have remained free to do so through any other agency. In at least one Massachusetts diocese, in fact, the standing Catholic Charities policy had been to refer same-sex couples to other adoption agencies."
Clearly, that's not good enough for the Human Rights Campaign or the many groups that have condemned the Church for its decision. Jacoby closes with a prophetic statement from two years ago:
''As much as one may wish to live and let live," Harvard Law professor Mary Ann Glendon wrote in 2004, during the same-sex marriage debate in Massachusetts, ''the experience in other countries reveals that once these arrangements become law, there will be no live-and-let-live policy for those who differ. Gay-marriage proponents use the language of openness, tolerance, and diversity, yet one foreseeable effect of their success will be to usher in an era of intolerance and discrimination . . . Every person and every religion that disagrees will be labeled as bigoted and openly discriminated against. The ax will fall most heavily on religious persons and groups that don't go along. Religious institutions will be hit with lawsuits if they refuse to compromise their principles."
We're heading in the wrong direction here.
And can anyone explain why the Church has done such a poor job of explaining their beliefs and policy? Back in 2003, Pope Benedict XVI (then Cardinal Ratzinger) issued a doctrinal statement stating that ''allowing children to be adopted by persons living in such (same-sex) unions would actually mean doing violence to these children, in the sense that their condition of dependency would be used to place them in an environment that is not conducive to their full human development." Catholics believe that a child deserves a mother and a father. Is that so hard to explain?