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

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.


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  • 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.