After threatening to end its adoption and homeless services programs in Washington D.C. if the City Council approved gay marriage there, the Catholic Church's charities unit is indeed dismantling its foster care program — even after the Church said it would back off its own promise to do so.

Claiming it cannot operate its 80-year-old foster-care program if the city somehow "forces" the Church to officiate gay unions and recognize same-sex partners of employees, the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is getting out of the foster care business before the M-word comes to the nation's capital. The church's Catholic Charities unit, which receives $20 million annually from the city (read: taxpayers), on Feb. 1 transferred its 43 children, 35 families and seven staff members to the National Center for Children and Families, another foster care provider, reports the Washington Post.

"Now we're in a position where we need to scrutinize everything," says Catholic Charities chief Edward Orzechowski. "From our point of view, it's important that we don't in any way compromise our religious teaching."

Full report at QUEERTY.



  1. Maybe it’s time for us to stop being ecumenical and establish a “Catholic Ordinariate” for disaffected Romanists. (Although, actually, we seem to have been attracting disaffected Romanists at a pretty good rate for a long time. Not a good enough rate, but that’s another discussion for another time.)

    Over on their side Tiber, consecrating an openly gay person to the episcopate is utterly unthinkable, but consecrating a doofus is s.o.p. Go figure.

  2. “city somehow “forces” the Church to officiate gay unions” I see the
    “Big Lie” technique is alive and well in the Archdiocese. They know that no one is ever forced to marry anyone. The know that no one thinks that the civil authorities can (even if they wanted to) dictate what liturgies a communion celebrates. They know that nothing in pending civil rights legislation requires any RC official to officiate at any event. But the lie sounds better than their bigotry so they push it. The dishonesty is breathtaking.


  3. “From our point of view, it’s important that we don’t in any way compromise our religious teaching.” It would seem to me that if they were teaching the Gospels of Christ to love neighbor as self, they would not have to close their Catholic Charities unit. What exactly are to suppose from this action their church might be teaching>