Strong USCCB support for Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act
August 04, 2014
Three bishops who chair committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have offered their “strong support” for the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2014.
The bill, introduced by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), would “prohibit discrimination by the federal government and state governments (and their subdivisions) against child welfare providers on the bases of their religious beliefs and moral convictions,” noted Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop William Lori, and Archbishop Thomas Wenski.
“Unfortunately, in recent years, some religious child welfare providers in our country (including in Massachusetts, Illinois, California, and the District of Columbia) have been and continue to be excluded from carrying out adoption and foster care services because these providers believe that children deserve to be placed with a married mother and father,” they continued. “The Inclusion Act would remedy this unjust discrimination.”