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re: Boston Catholic Adoption shut down.

There are a few things about the post regarding this I would like to touch on. For the record... this happened in 2006, it is old news, however I would like to throw out a question...

A lot of people made statements about them (Catholic Charities of Boston), and how they should have the right to deny gay couples from adopting if it's against their faith. However would you still have that same opinion if they HAD allowed gay couples to adopted and later in 2004, changed their policy to deny them (gay couples) from adopting because of the Vatican's public statement from the year before? Would you still feel the same if they admitted that there is a chance for exemption based on religion, if filed through the government?


Asked by xxhazeldovexx at 12:21 AM on Mar. 10, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • well, thank you anon for choosing to repost the article and miss the whole point of this completely. THe point is, why bring up a subject, like this.. then blame the government for making a law to stop discriminating against homosexual rights, when clearly it was the catholic charity that is the reason to be blamed if anyone. The point is, is that they DID allow it at one point, changed their minds, then closed after the law was passed because they didn't have enough votes from their board to support filing an exemption. The point was they really didn't care about what they believe in, in one way, or another... they simply just gave up instead. The point is....

    that the whole reason the other post was brought up was just to point fingers at homosexuals again.. it's too bad they are sorely lacking in a good heart as well as a mind.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 9:24 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • In 1997, Catholic Charities quietly finalized its first adoption to a same-sex couple. It continued along that path for the next eight years, placing 13 foster children with gay parents who, from agency accounts, proved to be dedicated caretakers. It wasn’t until the Vatican issued a public statement in 2003 about it’s disapproval of gay parents adopting, and when Hehir took over as the head of Catholic Charities in January 2004, that they changed the policy to stop allowing gay people to adopt.

    on Feb. 28, the four bishops announced a plan to seek an exemption from the antidiscrimination laws. Eight of the 42 board members quit in protest. Rather that losing more members they dissolved their adoption organization, and opted to reinforce other areas of their charity, rather than fight the issue one way or the other.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 12:24 AM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • I am a former Catholic. I left the religion because frankly I don't agree with a lot of things such as denying gays. That being said..its within their rights as a private organization to extend or retract their policy on adoptions. Its pretty well known how Catholics feel about gays. So it is no surprise to me that after being a bit too liberal about it (for them), they had to go back.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:38 AM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • Why does it matter? What's done is done. And yes, I did know all about this, and I still say that private, religious organizations also have rights. If they have decided that it's against their belief to allow gay couples to adopt, then they have every right to retract that policy. Many organizations change their policies over time, this instance is really no different than that. The only difference is that they are basically making a statement against homosexuality, and that ruffles feathers all over the place. If it had been over a different issue, we wouldn't even be having this discussion...


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:48 AM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • yes, but again, they have the right to appeal, which they didn't bother doing. They gave up before even trying to take a stand, ANY stand really.

    I guess that's my point.. why say it's okay, then revoke that, then just close the door when the government says homosexuals to have the right, when the charity also has the right to appeal for an exemption?

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 12:56 AM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • after reviewing the law, they would have been within their rights, and would most likely have been granted an exemption. So.. what then, is the problem? Like most things, the law is a general law to prevent discrimination. In public schools, it's obvious that a lot of religious activities are not allowed. However in private schools, they have the right to appeal, and thus be exempt from a lot of those laws and policies. A charity is little different.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 12:59 AM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • They just decided for them, it wasnt worth it. What's the big deal?

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:26 AM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • This is their decision to make. Individual people made the call to adopt the children then they changed their policy.


    Answer by RyansMom001 at 6:08 AM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • They have the right whats your point? you aren't going to be happy until they are forced to do what YOU like.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:30 AM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • oMG! say it isn't true!!! WHAAAAATTTT!!! You mean a church that has been around for 2000 years reevaluated and decided to stay true to their values????

    WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAt how DARE this church not keep a policy that goes against their values.

    God forbid the gay couple living against God's will just go to a place a that openly agrees with living against God's will to adopt.

    Answer by biddybetty at 8:35 AM on Mar. 10, 2010