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The Catholic church is beyond sick

“Sadly, we have come to a moment when Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Boston must withdraw from the work of adoptions, in order to exercise the religious freedom that was the prompting for having begun adoptions many years ago.”
— Boston Archbishop Sean O’Malley, on ceasing adoption services in Massachusetts rather than allowing gays to adopt

What can you say, the decline has been swift and certain, with the pedophile priest scandal displaying the moral bankruptcy of the church. The welfare of children didn’t seem to matter when the predators were unleashed into communities, and the trail of damaged lives was dismissed as the payoffs and coverups worthy of a mob family escalated out of control.

This latest development only proves the moral base is permanently damaged. Children in need of loving homes will not receive adoption services in Massachusetts because if gays and lesbians are allowed to adopt, it will “threaten the church’s religious freedom.” (AP):

The social services arm of the Roman Catholic archdiocese has provided adoption services for the state for about two decades, but said it would discontinue once it completes its current state contract. It said that the state law allowing gays to adopt runs counter to church teachings on homosexuality.

“The world was very different when Charities began this ministry at the threshold of the 20th century,” the Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, president of Catholic Charities, and trustees chairman Jeffrey Kaneb said in a joint statement. “The world changed often and we adapted the ministry to meet changing times and needs. At all times we sought to place the welfare of children at the heart of our work.

“But now, we have encountered a dilemma we cannot resolve,” they said.

Boston Archbishop Sean O’Malley, who had sought an exemption from the law, said the church was faced with a choice between its faith and the state law.

Right after this announcement, Governor (and likely prez candidate) Mitt Romney said he would file a bill that would allow religious organizations an exemption from the state’s anti-discrimination laws regarding adoptions and gays.

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