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Judge halts Illinois bid to end Catholic Charities contracts

Catholic World News - July 13, 2011

Citing the potential of “irreparable harm” to children in foster care, a circuit court judge has temporarily blocked the State of Illinois’ decision to end its foster care and adoption contracts with Catholic Charities in the Dioceses of Joliet, Peoria, and Springfield.

The conflict between the state and Catholic Charities arose after the legislature granted legal status to civil unions; Catholic Charities will not place children with same-sex or unwed couples.

“We’re not going to be removing children from homes,” said Judge John Schmidt, who has scheduled a hearing for August 15.

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