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Michael wrote:

Hi guys,

I live in the Greater Boston Area, and I am very confused about the Church's position on Catholic Charities. It seems to me that there is a conflict between the teachings of the Church on homosexual adoption (i.e. homosexual adoption "does violence" to children, according to the Pope) and the teachings of Jesus about "the least of these."

On the one hand, the Church says that children will not be placed by Catholic Charities into
"gay" homes.

On the other hand, Catholic Charities has placed hundreds of children into homes — a great good — but will no longer do so because the state will not allow them an exception.

  • So which is more important, keeping a very small number of children away from gay parents, or helping "the least of these" to find good homes, even if some tiny percent might be "gay" homes?
  • Which is the greater good, because apparently, we aren't going to have it both ways?

Thank you for taking my questions.

God bless you all.

Reading, Massachusetts

  { Why do children go without a family because homosexual couples are being passed over? }

Eric replied:


By no means is the Church neglecting "the least of these" by preventing homosexual couples from adopting. There are more than enough traditional families (with a husband and wife) seeking adoption; the waiting lists for adoptive parents are always long. You can rest assured that no child goes without a family because some gay couple is passed over.

But beyond that, one has to consider the quality of the home. Taking care of "the least of these" does not demand that we place a child into a situation that would be psychologically or morally damaging to them, especially when a better situation is readily available.

Every child up for adoption has a right to a mother and a father — a parent of the same sex to identify with and learn from concerning matters of their own sex, and a person of the opposite sex to help them understand the opposite sex, whether for romantic purposes or even just for relational purposes. There are also unique things that each of the two sexes has to offer that every child should experience if at all possible. The sexes are not interchangeable. A "family"
all of one sex starts getting in a danger of isolating themselves and the child from the missing sex. Consequently, a mother and a father are in the best interest of the child.

If there were a low number of traditional families seeking to adopt over an extended period of time, and gay couples were available and willing to adopt, I could see how the "least of these" mandates of Jesus would be compelling from a human perspective, but that is not the case. The Church believes that, if possible, every child deserves what would benefit him or her the most,
a father and mother.

Hope this helps,

Eric Ewanco

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