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More ‘charitable’ discrimination from Catholic Dioceses in Illinois

More 'charitable' discrimination from Catholic Dioceses in Illinois

(Waymon Hudson for RedEye)

Looks like it’s more of the same when it comes to choosing discrimination over charity and good deeds for Catholic Charities in Illinois.

Two more diocese have informed the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services that they are getting out of the foster and adoptive care business because of Illinois’ new civil union law. The Catholic Charities of Peoria and Joliet join the diocese of Rockford in announcing that helping kids apparently takes a backseat to hating gays.

Catholic Charities receives multi-million dollar state contracts for their adoption services; money they don’t want to give up. They are continuing to use moves like this, where they hold foster kids and their wellbeing hostage, to try and get “religious exemptions” added to the civil union and anti-discrimination laws. To be clear, religious organizations like Catholic Charities are free to discriminate, turn away, judge, or do whatever they’d like as a private organization- they simply can’t get millions of dollars in public fund and operate in the public sphere while they do it. This isn’t about religious freedom, it’s about special permission to use state money, our tax-dollars, to discriminate and circumvent civil laws.

They simply want their bigoted, multimillion dollar cake and to eat it too.

One of the main tenets of the Church is supposedly “by your works you shall be known.” As Matthew chapter 7 says,

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Moving out of public good work for discrimination’s sake certainly says a lot about the fruit Catholic Charities bear… and how rotten it is in Illinois.

This is a RedEye community blog. The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely those of the author and not those of RedEye or Tribune Company.


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