Category Archives: Adoption

Why The Bishops Are Very Wrong On Adoption

In replying to FrMichael below, I realized my response was heading to essay-length. In addition, I want to make clear some basic parameters from which I work. I don’t believe that adoption should be invoked to drum up opposition to … Continue reading

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Bishop Advocates Words Not Actions

A curious thing or two from Oakland bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone at the USCCB meeting. According to CNS, he “urged his fellow bishops June 15 to fight back in the war of words over efforts to redefine traditional marriage.” Words? … Continue reading

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The Adoption Wedge

I could respect a decision of conscience like this or this if either diocese were willing to own up to the real reason old-style adoption services were being dropped. In my own diocese, a Catholic Charities counsellor reported helping in … Continue reading

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What’s Missing?

Liam sent me an e-mail Saturday. The relevant text and links are as follows: Andrew Sullivan this week has had a running series of threads called The Missing, which has developed into a discussion about adoption in our culture.  I … Continue reading

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IVF Alternatives

I note lots of activity on the commentary front on IVF, the honoring of Nobel Laureate Robert Edwards, and the moral problems with this assistance to infertile couples. The CNS feature is here. I adhere to church teaching where artificial … Continue reading

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Don’t Fear Adoptions

It’s a good message. I wouldn’t phrase it quite the way that Carrie Krenson does. I would urge prospective couples not to fear domestic adoptions. We know many couples who did adopt from overseas. I don’t criticize the option, but … Continue reading

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Responsibility, Not Rights, Not Relativism

William Newton’s Zenit piece today takes as a starting point Pope Benedict’s address earlier this month, but doesn’t really go anywhere with it. For starters, the use of “relativism” in the headline is another example of the erosion of meaning … Continue reading

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Adoption Day 2009

It’s always heartening to hear of adoption stories. I never tire of them. One Catholic blogger and his family have just begun their experience with adding a young boy to their family. In our household Adoption Day is a principal … Continue reading

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Snacking on the Word: Galatians 4:4-5

Whenever “adoption” appears in Scripture, my ears pop open. This past holy day’s second reading from Galatians: But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those … Continue reading

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Frozen Embryo Adoption

Still up in the air from Rome, but leaning toward an entirely negative judgment, so they say. A New Hampshire couple wonders why. So do I. Timothy and Dawn Smith wonder if adoptive couples have been consulted. Given the milquetoast example … Continue reading

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Enough Families

One myth I’m happy to see debunked is that there are not enough loving families available who want to adopt children from foster care. The truth is that almost fifty million people have considered adopting from foster care. That’s more … Continue reading

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On The Road Again

Expect light to no blogging over the next few days. The young miss was invited to take part in a study of children with her heart condition. It involves some medical testing at the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, … Continue reading

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Adoption for Experienced Parents

One concern my dear wife and I received when we were exploring adoption was our inexperience as parents. That would be, some social workers told us, a potential flaw when our profile was matched up against others wanted to adopt … Continue reading

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Developing a Theology of Adoption

Somebody needs to do it. A quick look through the catechism and my volumes on post-conciliar documents shows but one reference to adoption. This from John Paul II’s 1981 apostolic exhortation Familiaris Consortio: It must not be forgotten however that, … Continue reading

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Older Couples Adopting

My wife and I were in our forties when we adopted our daughter. A Catholic Charities adoption was not a real option for us. The Archdiocese of Dubuque had a limit for prospective parents: age thirty-nine or younger. A person … Continue reading

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