March 15, 2006
The issue of adoption by same-sex couples continues to disturb many people. Last week in USA Today, Bob Beckel and I addressed it in our “common ground” feature.
The latest on this ongoing debate: catholic charities of Boston has decided to stop offering adoption services to avoid placing children with homosexuals. Massachusetts law says any adoption agency working with the state’s department of social services must allow homosexuals to adopt children.
The Vatican under pope benedict 16th has called homosexual adoption “gravely immoral” in part because it deprives children of the experience of either fatherhood or motherhood.
Leaving aside what detractors say about homosexual abuse within the Catholic church, he is right. A child needs a mother and father, not two mothers or two fathers.
I say good for the Catholic church for sticking by its principles and shame on Massachusetts legislators for trying to force that church to compromise its beliefs. It’s nice to see someone’s morality triumphing for a change over the state’s political correctness
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.