Category Archives: Adoption

On Some Wisconsin Baptisms

I notice that the Diocese of Madison issued a press release last Friday to inform the general public about its practice of baptizing children of same-sex couples. A priest I know (in another diocese), when he was requested to preside at such … Continue reading

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Heading To The Synod, Already Deficient

October’s Synod’s preliminary document, The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization is up. This is the working document the bishops and other participants will draw from as they discuss the interplay between families, faith, and the all-important … Continue reading

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Families and an Instrument

Rocco whispered from the loggia some general thoughts from Archbishop Kurtz from the USCCB meeting. He revealed some broad details from the reports he compiled from various dioceses and sent on to Rome. The synod leaders have asked these reports … Continue reading

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More Adoption Shortsightedness

More blindness on the adoption front. So what if the supply of infants has dried up. There are still hundreds of thousands of girls and boys in foster care in this country. One would think that a church with such … Continue reading

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Children, Not As Pawns

I noticed Archbishop Chaput’s facebook post protesting the striking down of the gay marriage ban in his state, which included this bit about children: Marriage is more than a private arrangement between two people. It’s a public commitment of love … Continue reading

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Another FfF

Reading over this essay, I feel the need to provide a cynicism alert. If you are trying to be positive during Lent, perhaps come back later. I see the USCCB is gearing up for another Fortnight for Freedom. I haven’t … Continue reading

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O-Tide Leads Off With A-Day

Adoption Day is a happy family occasion. It’s a joyful tint that comes as we move from Advent I to Advent II. Twelve years. I was reminded over dinner tonight that in less than two years, the young miss will … Continue reading

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Can Children Expect to Have Certain Rights?

I was reading Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s statement about the US Supreme Court striking down DOMA this morning. CNS cited Francis X. Rocca’s conversation with him: He said the effect of the court’s decision is to “undermine in the law the principle … Continue reading

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“A Person And Not A Product”

RNS interviewed Russell Moore, the dean of the School of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on adoption. Money quote: (A)ny family that’s adopting needs to understand that this child is a person and not a project. Someone who believes … Continue reading

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No More Russian Children to the US

This is not new information, that tomorrow a Russian law goes into effect that makes illegal the American adoption of Russian children. UCA News covers it here, with this statement about the state of those children’s souls: Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, … Continue reading

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Political Thinking on Abortion

Is it time to end the political pro-life movement? One blogger forwards the idea. Or given that the abortion rate has been in a slight tailspin for a decade, helped apparently by the current presidency, maybe it’s time to shift … Continue reading

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Playing The Adoption Card

I see the USCCB is playing the adoption card in its latest culturewar adventure: Catholic foster care and adoption services. Boston, San Francisco, the District of Columbia, and the state of Illinois have driven local Catholic Charities out of the … Continue reading

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Teens Bring The Smackdown

Saw this piece referenced on David Gibson’s RNS Roundup. Despite a “This is not going to end well” assessment, it was a good thing DeLaSalle High School kids pushed back against a political message delivered by archdiocesan presenters. I’m not … Continue reading

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Blindness To The Opportunity, The Charity, The Grace

I still get a strong vibe on the cognitive disconnect in adoption discussions in some pro-life circles. On a recent St Blog’s thread, someone didn’t like my insinuation that the tendency to adopt infants is a sign that parents see … Continue reading

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Failing Grades All Around for Illinois Adoptions

Give them all an “F,” a dunce cap, and enroll them to academic probation. That’s my verdict on the main foster/adoption players in Illinois. Readers here know my reasons for flunking the Church. It has allowed an anti-gay mist to … Continue reading

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