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"the very essence of our christian mission"

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 02, 2006

Let's see. Four months ago, it was captious of us to object to Boston's Catholic Charities' placing thirteen orphans in gay households because, after all, they were only "a tiny fraction of the 720 placed" in the relevant period. That was then. Now it appears gay adoptions are at the core of our faith:

Seven members of the board of Catholic Charities of Boston, including prominent business and media leaders, announced their resignations yesterday, saying that the Massachusetts bishops' effort to prohibit gays from adopting children from Catholic social service agencies "threatens the very essence of our Christian mission."

Outstanding. So how about separate and distinct second collections from now on: "Catholic Charities," for those who think the Church has it wrong, and "Catholic Catholic Charities," for those who think she's right?

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  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 07, 2006 1:22 PM ET USA

    This morning's program of heterodoxy is brought to you by the number 7.

  • Posted by: RC - Mar. 03, 2006 10:43 PM ET USA

    I find it interesting that all seven of the departing board members are media and PR people. Is there a story to that?

  • Posted by: Janet Baker - Mar. 02, 2006 8:07 PM ET USA

    To the seven - Good Riddance!

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Mar. 02, 2006 6:31 PM ET USA

    These seven are not just independent voices. They represent and are beholden to those forces of polite evil that wraps itself in destructive permissiveness masked as tolerance. And they are not isolated in Boston alone, but can be found on catholic boards throughout the mainstream Church--where they counsel the same pernicious advice.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 02, 2006 11:08 AM ET USA

    This is the best news out of Boston in a long time. Now, let's pray that the Cardinal Archbishop bid them to go in peace and that he seizes this opportunity to articulate the true nature of the Church's mission. There's nothing to lose here.

  • Posted by: Cornelius - Mar. 02, 2006 9:16 AM ET USA

    This bloviating by these Catholic Charities folks is truly astonishing. The "essence of our Christian mission" to defy the Church's clear direction? Let them all resign - put real Catholics on that board and turn that ship around.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 02, 2006 8:34 AM ET USA

    Those resigning from the board are outraged because the bishops have departed from their customary role as nebbishes. ("Nebbish" = yiddish for weak or spineless, a la Woody Allen.) Let the shakeout begin.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 02, 2006 7:25 AM ET USA

    How about a fish license for our pet fish Eric?

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