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December 30, 2011

Bishops say Rule on Gay Parents Limit Freedom of Religion

The New York Times: 

For the nation’s Catholic bishops, the Illinois requirement is a prime example of what they see as an escalating campaign by the government to trample on their religious freedom while expanding the rights of gay people. The idea that religious Americans are the victims of government-backed persecution is now a frequent theme not just for Catholic bishops, but also for Republican presidential candidates and conservative evangelicals.

“In the name of tolerance, we’re not being tolerated,” said Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., a civil and canon lawyer who helped drive the church’s losing battle to retain its state contracts for foster care and adoption services.

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—There is not a body of scientific research on the psychological impact on children raised by homosexual couples, for the simple reason that a significantly large cohort doesn’t yet exist.
—There is a body of scientific research that establishes children raised by a father and a mother do better than the other parental configurations.
—One wonders how the child adopted by a homosexual couple will view this experiment in the decades to come.

[1] Posted by Jill Woodliff on 12-30-2011 at 09:26 AM · [top]

Ask the little boy who is being raised by his lesbian parents as a girl.

[2] Posted by Br. Michael on 12-30-2011 at 10:09 AM · [top]

Jill, I understand your point, but you would think there was a large enough body of data out there (do they still say “data”?)to offer up real evidence one way or another. Maybe one side or the other doesn’t want it made clear…I don’t know, but I think it is important…

[3] Posted by FrVan on 12-30-2011 at 10:18 AM · [top]

It’s very heartening to see the Catholic bishops standing firm on this. I hope they will continue to do so on this and other issues.

[4] Posted by Nellie on 12-30-2011 at 01:33 PM · [top]

I don’t see why the government is involved in this at all aside from making sure no one’s assaulted, defrauded or trading in kids for nefarious purposes.

[5] Posted by Jeffersonian on 12-30-2011 at 04:43 PM · [top]

[1] “There is not a body of scientific research on the psychological impact on children raised by homosexual couples, for the simple reason that a significantly large cohort doesn’t yet exist.”

Part of the problem, though, is that gays & lesbians are now a protected class, their behavior no longer considered aberrant in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV) so it is increasingly difficult to find anyone to even do such a study. (And the funding for it would be almost non-existent.)

We do have the testimony of Dawn Stefanowicz who wrote a book about her experiences growing up with a gay father and his boyfriends. The book was written 20 years ago and I suspect that any similar books would not find a publisher these days.

[6] Posted by The Little Myrmidon on 12-30-2011 at 04:52 PM · [top]

The Little Myrmidon:

Thank you for providing the link to Dawn Stefanowicz’s site.  She has also given her testimony in a CBN video that has been posted on You Tube.

Her gay father came to repentance and faith in Christ before his death from AIDS at the age of 51 and she is now in a successful marriage.

I think it is vitally important for society at large, and the Christian Church in particular, to hear the voices of those who have been raised in households parented by sexually active gay men and lesbians.  Much of what they have to share is very disturbing and quite heartbreaking.

I thank God for the bold witness of Rome’s bishops on the issues of gay foster care and adoption and our prayers should go up for those children who will no longer be protected by a saner policy on the part of the State of Illinois.

[7] Posted by episcopalienated on 12-30-2011 at 10:49 PM · [top]

1.  We Protestants need to let the Catholics know that we support them in this.  Secularism is our common enemy.
2.  The comments to the article are most illuminating.
3.  As government gets its tentacles and money into more and more things, programs etc. the more Christianity will be forced out in the name of “separation of church and state”.

[8] Posted by Br. Michael on 12-31-2011 at 06:15 AM · [top]

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