The latest edition of Gloria TV News contains the following item:
Catholics Under Pressure Because of Gay Legislation – UK The Charity Tribunal has ruled that Catholic Care– the Diocese of Leeds’s adoption agency– must cooperate with homosexual couples who wish to adopt children. “If the charity now sticks to Church policy and continues to follow its ‘heterosexuals only’ policy it could lose its charity status and public funding,” the Daily Telegraph notes. “ It might also face discrimination claims by same-sex couples it has turned away in the past.”
This is not dissimilar to what has happened to Catholic Charities in Massachusetts and California. Catholic Charities has largely had to remove itself from providing adoption services due to it’s inability to comply with state laws baring discrimination against gay couple who want to adopt. Church teachings and policy forbid placing children with gay couples. But State Law in both Mass. and California, forbid any distinctions being made. Attempts to pass an exemption for religious institutions failed in Mass and in California the wording of the religious exemption clause cannot be met by Catholic Charites. The clause states that only Catholics are served. Obviously Catholic Charities serves more than just Catholics.
So here is another indicator not only of where we are, but also of the road ahead. Increasingly the Church and other Christian denominations will be forced to comply with edicts of the “new morality.” If we do not comply we can either be sued for discrimination or accused of “hate crimes.” The alternative seems to be comply, or get out of the business. The Catholic Church as a long legacy of serving the Community through our Hospitals, Catholic Charities and the like. This is beginning to erode. Increasingly we may see such services ending because of those who want to force us to comply with laws that contradict our faith. Thus, if we fail to provide contraceptives in our health plans, a judge says we must or we violate the law and are subject to fines or worse. If we refuse to adopt to Gay couples we are now being told we must or we violate the law and are open to lawsuits. If some elements of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) are enacted we will be required to provide or refer abortion services. Otherwise our hospitals and clincs will be in violation of law, subject to fines, closure and desertification.
Do you see what is happening? There is a steady erosion of religious liberty underway. Advocates of the “New Morality” have long marched under the banner of tolerance but as they gain greater power and influence, the mask of tolerance is shed and forcible compliance is at revealed as the true policy. The Catholic faith is 2000 years old. We are not some extremist group of haters. We have a long and noble religious teaching that deserves respect even if everyone does not agree with it. We should not be pressured to set aside 2000 years of religious teaching simply because some in the modern world have chosen to depart from long held and basic moral beliefs. Religious Liberty is a precious cornerstone of this Country’s history but it is being eroded by judges and advocacy groups. Pay attention.
3 Replies to “Running Afoul of the”New Morality””
Short version: “You’re discriminating against our right to discriminate.” This column reminds me of the reactions of white southerners during the Civil Rights struggle who weren’t happy with being “forced” to intermingle with African Americans. “What about our rights too?” they asked. Is discrimination part of “service to the community>”
Discriminating against behavior is not the same as discriminating against skin color or race. Adopting children to non-married heterosexual couples or homosexual couples is a decision rooted in both natural law and religious objections to behavior and a conditions that are not helpful to, nor the best environment to raise children. As for discrimination Catholic theology has long made a distinction between sexual orientation and sexual behavior. The homosexual person deserves respect but homosexual behavior cannot be condoned any more than heterosexual behavior can outside of marriage. Thus you will note that, far from discriminating, the Church is using the SAME standard for everyone. Anyone who is not married is expected to live celibately, refraining from sexual intercourse and other inappropriate sexual contact. One standard for everyone.
Amen Msgr. Pope. Keep reading the blog Jasmine.
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