Catholic Charities Issue

Will Esser willesser at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 11 10:35:36 PST 2006


Paul,
   
  Your comparison doesn't fit and doesn't reveal any inconsistency on the part of the Church.  Catholic Charities withdrew from the adoption arena, because the state mandate would require it to actively participate in the actual act with which it disagreed (i.e. placing children for adoption with gay couples).  In your example, there is no conflict for the Church in ministering to the souls of those in the prison system.  Such action is not in any sense active participation in capital punishment.  
   
  I'm entirely with Rick in saluting Catholic Charities for its decision.  People may disagree with the rationale for the decision, but the decision is ultimately an act of a religious organization placing its religious values first.
   
  Will

Paul Finkelman <paul-finkelman at utulsa.edu> wrote:
  I wonder if the Catholic Church should withdraw all support for the prison system because the Church opposes Capital punishment?  It would be a shame for those on death row not to get last rites, or those in prison not to be able to talk to a priest, but at least the Church would be consistent. 

Paul Finkelman

Rick Duncan wrote:
    The Boston Globe has two good articles today on the decision by the Archdiocese to end its adoption services rather than submit to the government's antidiscrimination rules requiring the Church to place children with homosexual couples despite its sincerely held religious belief that ''allowing children to be adopted by persons living in such unions would actually mean doing violence to these children, in the sense that their condition of dependency would be used to place them in an environment that is not conducive to their full human development."
   
  Here and here.




    Rick Duncan 
Welpton Professor of Law 
University of Nebraska College of Law 
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