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    Tuesday, January 23, 2007

    The government goes its own way

    After the same story was played out in Boston, and other U.S. cities, this is not new news.

    Popular culture which supports the governments is not agreeing with Catholic morality. In drawing the line the contrast is clearer. So be it.


    The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Cormac Murphy O’Connor, spiritual head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, has said that seven Catholic adoption agencies which handle some of the most vulnerable cases may be closed if they are not given an exemption under new equalities legislation – which seeks to give equal access and fair treatment to lesbian and gay people in the provision of goods and services.

    Dear Prime Minister and Members of the Cabinet,

    It has always been the wish of the Catholic Church in this country to work with the government for the common good of its people. We believe we do this in matters of social care, education and in many other ways. Catholic teaching urges us to do this, and we do it gladly in a spirit of cooperation.

    We would, however, have a serious difficulty with the proposed regulations on discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in the provision of goods and services if they required our adoption agencies to consider homosexual couples as potential adoptive parents.

    Our agencies have an excellent track record, which is well documented by the Commission for Social Care in their Regulatory Inspection Programme. It would be an unnecessary tragedy if legislation forced the closure of these adoption services, thereby significantly reducing the potential resources of adoptive families for the approximately 4,000 children currently waiting for adoption placements.

    This outcome is wholly avoidable. We urge you to ensure that the regulations shortly to be laid before Parliament enable our agencies to continue their work with local authorities for the common good. There is nothing to lose, and children waiting for an adoptive family have much to gain, by our continuing successful collaboration.

    In the U.K. of abortion and euthanasia, this is just another trophey against the dignity of God's children.

    The homosexual agenda in no way wants this to be avoidable. Their aim is to make the once unbelievable the now unremarkable. For Catholics it will remain a remarkable shame.

    As I heard on the radio yesterday, the 'love' that was recently unmentionable, now can not seem to shut up.


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