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By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 28, 2006

Fact: Cardinal William Levada, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has issued a clear directive: Catholic agencies should not be involved in the adoption of children by homosexual couples.

Fact: In San Francisco-- a place with which Cardinal Levada is reasonably familiar, having served as Archbishop there for 10 years-- Catholic Charities has formed a pact with another adoption agency, allowing same-sex adoptions but keeping the archdiocese one baby-step removed from the process.

Do you suppose archdiocesan officials were fearful of entering into such an arrangement: fearful of a possible moral taint? You'd be half right.

It turns out there were fears about the moral implications of the deal. But the archdiocesan officials weren't the ones worried by the prospect. The head of the new partner association tells the San Francisco Chronicle:

When Catholic Charities first approached us, I was very hesitant. My organization has a long history of serving the gay, lesbian and transgender community. It was really ironic-- I had to make sure that our integrity and values were not compromised.

Nice to know that someone was worried about integrity. But you don't need to compromise when the other side has already surrendered.

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 28, 2006 5:06 PM ET USA

    BXVI knew exactly what he was getting in appointing Niederauer to lead the Diocese of Sodom by the Bay, just as he knew what he was getting when he chose Levada to head the Holy Office. Niederauer didn’t outfox the Vatican; he did exactly what he knew he could get away with. And anybody who thinks BXVI is a conservative, think again. He is liberal New Order through and through and a few words of Latin liturgy at a Papal Mass ain’t gonna change that. “Panzer Pope”? More like “Paper Tiger.”

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Aug. 28, 2006 3:21 PM ET USA

    The San Francisco Chronicle did its first piece on this subject last Saturday---by a reporter who can always be depended upon for her hostility to the Church. Only this was a highly favorable story, in which she pointed out how Abp. Niederauer managed to outfox Rome.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 28, 2006 3:20 PM ET USA

    Abp Burke and Bishops Vasa, Doran or Finn wouldnt have it either.

  • Posted by: MM - Aug. 28, 2006 2:52 PM ET USA

    The flagrant cynicism of this workaround beggars belief. Since I first learned of this story on CWN, I've been waiting for the diocesan about-face, the climb down, the 'correction to the misunderstanding'....surely someone, somewhere is going to have a quiet word with Neiderauer, behind the scenes? For all of the talk of there being a 'panzer' pope on the throne of St. Peter, if this one is let stand, it can only mean that the liberal ecclesial faction still retains supremacy.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Aug. 28, 2006 1:28 PM ET USA

    Who was that Bishop who said sodomy was a sacrament? The name escapes me at the moment.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Aug. 28, 2006 12:46 PM ET USA

    Gee, Diogenes, if it doesn't bother the past nor the present archbishop of SanFran, then we Catholics are lead to think that it's just Okey Dokey for sodomites to "parent" babies & young, innocent, helpless children. One might ask: Can we question the near total lack of moral integrity/leadership on this grave matter by his eminence & that of his friend & classmate, Abp. Neiderauer? Of course we can: for the Church has already stated that such adoptions do serious/grave injury to the children...

  • Posted by: - Aug. 28, 2006 12:39 PM ET USA

    Yeah, and where's stupid Cardinal Levada now?

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Aug. 28, 2006 12:29 PM ET USA

    Here's a question: Do you think Pell, Bruskewitz, Chaput, or Aquila would have this mess on their hands if they were in San Francisco?

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