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Cardinal Pell issues warning on same-sex adoption measure

Catholic World News - September 02, 2010

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney has expressed “grave concerns” about pending legislation that would allow homosexual couples to adopt children in the Australian state of New South Wales. The state’s premier, Kristina Keneally, has indicated support for the measure.

Cardinal Pell joined in a plea to legislators to dismiss the plan, saying that “it would be profoundly unjust and reckless to place the desires of same-sex couples to adopt above the needs and vulnerability of children.”

Supporters of the move have indicated that they would be willing to amend the legislation to make Church-related agencies exempt from the requirement to place children with same-sex couples. Such an amendment would offer some relief to adoption agencies, but none to children.

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