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Philadelphia vs. Catholic Church over foster children being placed in homes of homosexual couples

Terence P. Jeffrey on

If you were a child who, through some tragic circumstance, needed to be placed in a foster home, do you think it would be better for you to be placed with a married mother and father who had a documented history of compassionately caring for children or with two men living together in a homosexual relationship?

The government of the City of Philadelphia has manifestly concluded that being parented by two homosexuals is as good as having a mom and dad.

The Catholic Church disagrees.

"St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was born in New York City two years before the American Revolution," the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops noted in an amicus brief filed in the case of Fulton vs. the City of Philadelphia, which the Supreme Court will hear this week.

"After her husband died of tuberculosis in 1803, she entered the religious life and founded the first American congregation of religious sisters, the Sisters of Charity," said the bishops' brief.

"In 1814, Mother Seton dispatched sisters from their motherhouse in Emmitsburg, Maryland to Philadelphia, where they established St. Joseph's Asylum, one of the first Catholic orphanages in the United States," said the brief.


Until 2018, the Catholic Church in Philadelphia continued caring for orphaned and abandoned children by having Catholic Social Services place them in foster homes.

Then the City of Philadelphia stopped them.

The Catholic Catechism takes an unambiguous stand on homosexual behavior.

"Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that 'homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered," says the Catechism.


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