Who’s out of touch?

Speaking of the gay adoption issue, the Boston Herald offered up a silly editorial criticizing Massachusetts’ bishops for opposing gay adoptions. Right from the start you see a lack of intellectual rigor, shall we say.

It is bewildering enough that four Catholic bishops in Massachusetts should be so out of touch with their own flocks as to create a controversy where none has existed for two decades.

Since when does right and wrong have to do with popularity and polls. Perhaps it’s the flock that’s out of touch, not just with its bishops, but also the Truth as formulated in the Church’s consistent teaching.

But the bishops apparently never bothered to consult Catholic Charities on this one. All 42 board members are in favor of allowing same-sex adoptions - at the very least, because they are realists. They know that to operate as a quasi-state agency - which they do - they must play by the state’s rules. Seven board members, including some of Boston’s biggest movers and shakers, have resigned in protest.

Catholic Charities operates as an extension of the bishop’s ministry, not the other way around. Does the president of GM have to get the permission of the Chevrolet division before he makes a decision on which models to produce? No, because he’s the boss.

There’s also the “unanimous” decision fiction. Under the “Big Lie” theory, if you use a lie long enough people will accept it as the truth. The Catholic Charities board has never unanimously voted in favor of gay adoptions. The Boston Globe claimed it did in December, but no evidence was ever offered while good sources report that the vote was very much less than unanimous. Finally, the big problem is right there in the second-to-last sentence: Quasi-state agency. This is a case where the mixing of church and state create a problem. The Church has allowed herself to become a vassal of the state, compromising her mission and the Gospel. It’s time for us to extricate ourselves from this destructive relationship.

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  • The Boston Globe of course ran its expected “Do it or else” marching orders to the Catholic Church on the gay adoption issue. One line particularly caught my eye: “State antidiscrimination law contains a carefully drawn exemption for churches when it involves core religious functions.” They then don’t tell what are considered “core religious functions” in the law. From the tone of the article it is clear the definition is probably the same as that used by the now defunct Soviet Union behind the former Iron Curtain. And that is:Only religious services behind the walls of a church are core religious functions. Anything beyond that, religious bodies must follow government Diktat and do what they are ordered to do and shut up.
      Under the Soviet—and Boston Globe—definition of religious freedom government permits and licenses are tools to make church walls into mausoleum walls.                                  And that makes such a mockery of the First Amendment it may as well be ground up and put in a garbage bucket (probably the real goal of the Boston Globe and the Mass. Gay Political Dictatorship).

  • “All 42 board members are in favor of allowing same-sex adoptions – at the very least, because they are realists.”

    With all due respect: all 42 board members are wrong, then. 

    But it seems genuflecting before the world (apologies to Jacques Maritain) now has a new euphemism: “realist.”

    “inally, the big problem is right there in the second-to-last sentence: Quasi-state agency. This is a case where the mixing of church and state create a problem. The Church has allowed herself to become a vassal of the state, compromising her mission and the Gospel. It’s time for us to extricate ourselves from this destructive relationship.”

    Exactly.

    If the price of running adoption agencies is such a compromise, then it may be time for Catholic Charities to get out of the adoption business.

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