State severs foster-care ties with Catholic Charities. Feel better now?

Gay ideologues win a round at the expense of thousands of children needing foster care. Tells the Catholic Church: "F... you."

The Tribune reports:

The state of Illinois has declined to renew its foster care and adoption contracts with Catholic Charities across Illinois,  possibly ending a historic public and private partnership initiated by the Roman Catholic Church a half century ago and potentially severing the relationship between 2,500 foster children and their caseworkers.

The Catholic Church chooses, exercising its belief, not to place foster care children with same-sex couples. For decades, Catholic Charities, the church's social service arm, has placed tens of thousands of abandoned, abused and brutalized children in safe and secure hands. In exchange for this societal good, it receives some public funds.

No more. The state claims that the church policy violates the (ironically named) Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act. This is an act that is at war with itself. Witness these two provisions:

(750 ILCS 75/15)

Sec. 15. Religious freedom. Nothing in this Act shall interfere with or regulate the religious practice of any religious body. Any religious body, Indian Nation or Tribe or Native Group is free to choose whether or not to solemnize or officiate a civil union.

(Source: P.A. 96‑1513, eff. 6‑1‑11.)

(750 ILCS 75/20)

Sec. 20. Protections, obligations, and responsibilities. A party to a civil union is entitled to the same legal obligations, responsibilities, protections, and benefits as are afforded or recognized by the law of Illinois to spouses, whether they derive from statute, administrative rule, policy, common law, or any other source of civil or criminal law.

We now will have endless court cases about the meaning of "religious practices" as it applies to the church's practice of not placing foster children with same-sex couple. This is what you get when rampaging political correctness overcomes logic. Never mind the children.

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  • No, we don't have to have endless litigation (even though we probably will). This has a simple resolution:

    1. The First Amendment prevents the state from interfering with Catholic beliefs.

    2. The Catholic Church does not have a right to state money.

    3. If the state is as far behind in its payments to this charity as its other providers, the charity isn't being paid anyway.

    Hence, the Church quits providing the "service" to the state, and the state finds some other way of dealing with its foster children. I'm sure there are enough private placements to keep Catholic Charities (and Jewish Children and Family Services, and whatever Islamic service there is) busy.

    After all, the state dumping children on Maryville Academy didn't work out so well, either. Maybe you should address the trend over the past 20 years of the state contracting out its responsibilities.

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