Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Loss of Illinois state adoption contracts will 'devastate' Catholic Charities

Catholic World News - September 20, 2011

The cancellation of a state contract for adoption services will be "devastating" to Catholic Charities in Illinois, the Church agencies said in a court plea.

Asking an Illinois judge to reconsider his decision that the state has the right to terminate contracts with the Catholic agencies, the offices of Catholic Charities in Illinois explained that without the government support, their entire work would suffer severely. In the Springfield diocese, Catholic Charities would lose half of its income with the end of the adoption contracts.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our September expenses ($14,637 to go):
$35,000.00 $20,362.73
42% 58%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 4 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: GabrielAustin9013 - Sep. 21, 2011 11:34 AM ET USA

    Who pays the piper calls the tune. We are also seeing this in Germany now, where the Church is paid by the government according to the number of parishioners. And the country is heading towards schism. Who enters into partnership with the government, ends up as office boy.

  • Posted by: Steve214 - Sep. 20, 2011 8:12 PM ET USA

    And yet, we continue to be told that it is highly desirable for the government to pay for--and thus control--charity.

  • Posted by: cloudchaser64 - Sep. 20, 2011 7:27 PM ET USA

    In one item, we see the true Catholic Church in China growing and they are persecuted by the government. In this one, a hand is out for money for the charities. Do we draw a lesson? Get rid of the government paying part of the costs. It comes at a dear price.

  • Posted by: adamah - Sep. 20, 2011 6:09 PM ET USA

    And therein lies the problem. Church organizations are far too dependent on government handouts.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Our Spiritual Destiny and the Horror of War September 19
The Islamic roots of terrorism must be addressed September 19
Each of us is destined to marry Jesus Christ September 18
From simple husband to ascetical priest September 18
St. Augustine's warning to pastors September 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Cardinals criticize Kasper proposal, escalating debate on remarriage/Communion CWN - September 18