The Missionaries of Charity have decided to close their adoption services for fear of placing children in homes where they would not be raised consistently with Catholic morals.
The Missionaries of Charity are a ministry and religious order founded by Mother Teresa. They seek to help the poor in India and other places.
According to Christian Today, The Missionaries of Charity have recently made the decision to deregister 13 of their Indian orphanages from adoption services because of new Indian laws that allow single and divorced individuals to adopt children.
Sister Amala, The Missionaries of Charity nun in charge of the ministry’s orphanage in North Delhi, commented on the new laws of adoption: “The new guidelines hurt our conscience. They are certainly not for religious people like us. ... What if the single parent who we give our baby [to] turns out to be gay or lesbian? What security or moral upbringing will these children get? Our rules only allow married couples to adopt."
Another sister, who asked to remain anonymous, stated that the decision to close adoption services “was a well-thought out discussion.”
Adoption services officially closed on August 1.
“It is not a religious rule but a human rule,” said Sister Amala, according to The Catholic Herald. “Children need both parents, male and female. That is only natural, isn’t it?”
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Publication date: October 12, 2015