Saturday, March 11, 2006

Catholic "Charity"

Dear Internet Diary,

From the AP:

Boston Catholic Charities Halts Adoptions

(AP) The Boston Archdiocese's Catholic Charities said Friday it would stop providing adoption services because of a state law allowing gays and lesbians to adopt children.

The social services arm of the Roman Catholic archdiocese, which has provided adoption services for the state for about two decades, said the law runs counter to church teachings on homosexuality.

"The world was very different when Charities began this ministry at the threshold of the twentieth-century," the Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, president of Catholic Charities, said in a joint statement with trustees chairman Jeffrey Kaneb. "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.

The children lose again. If they have to consider gay people, they won't help the children at all. Of course, this is terrible, stupid, and unjust, I have to wonder if kids being removed from the care of catholic nuns is such a terribel thing. If any organization modeled its childcare on biblical teachings, they should be shut down immediately.

I can understand why the Vatican doesn't want children raised in gay homes. Most of those gay families might be christians, and a lot of them are catholic, but they are pretty unlikely to raise a child in the christian way they want. Christian organizations want quiet, passive, sex-fearing congregants who hate gays and love Our Lady. To make such a congregant, the child must be raised with strict, ritualistic corporal punishment with an emphasis on sexual shame. Spankings should be an event involving nudity and humiliation, a good way to make a shamed adult with plenty of sins to confess. If the dad isn't doing it, there's sure to be clergy that can help. But clergy can't do it if you haven't made a catholic out of the kid.

I just don't think well-adjusted, out-of-the-closet gay families are any good at passing on sexual shame to their kids.

But lets all hope the orphans are freed from the state workers hands as soon as possible, and into the hands of a nice, moral, secular home where they will screw up the kid a lot less.

Thanks for listening.

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