Does Catholic Charites Facilitate Same-Sex Adoptions?

Does Catholic Charities facilitate same-sex adoptions? Of course not, you might say.

Well, one head of Catholic Charities has been asked to find out. Arne Nelson, CEO of Catholic Charities in Orlando, sent out the following question to the diocesan heads of all Catholic Charities in the US.

Let’s hope the answer is a resounding “no.” 

Subject Forum:  Adoption policy and the law

 

To “CCUSA – Council of Diocesan Directors Discussion List”

Fellow CEOs and EDs, Florida is the last state in the union to ban homosexuals from adopting children, and that will end in a week or so.  I do not know if there will be a religious exemption or not, and that anti-discrimination statute may preclude Catholic Charities from providing adoption services to anyone, something we were founded upon in 1962.  I have been asked to poll the various CCs around the country to find if any CC provides adoption services (with or without religious exemption) to gay or lesbian couples. 

Arne Nelson 
CEO, CC Central Florida, Orlando

Deal W. Hudson

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Deal W. Hudson is ​publisher and editor of The Christian Review and the host of "Church and Culture," a weekly two-hour radio show on the Ave Maria Radio Network.​ Formerly publisher and editor of Crisis Magazine for ten years, his articles and comments have been published widely in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, and U.S. News and World Report. He has also appeared on TV and radio news shows such as the O'Reilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes, NBC News, and All Things Considered on National Public Radio. Hudson worked with Karl Rove in coordinating then-Gov. George W. Bush's outreach to Catholic voters in 2000 and 2004. In October 2003, President Bush appointed him a member of the official delegation from the United States to attend the 25th anniversary celebration of John Paul II's papacy. Hudson, a former professor of philosophy for 15 years, is the editor and author of eight books. He tells the story of his conversion from Southern Baptist to Catholic in An American Conversion (Crossroad, 2003), and his latest, Onward, Christian Soldiers: The Growing Political Power of Catholics and Evangelicals in the United States, was published in March 2008. He is married to Theresa Carver Hudson, also a Baptist convert, and they have two children, Hannah and Cyprian who was adopted from Romania in 2001.

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