Category Archives: Adoption

Discussing Adoption

My parish does podcasts, hitting on topics of spiritual and human interest. I was especially happy to host a good friend plus the young miss for this discussion on adoption.  

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Instant Family

I’m generally not a fan of farce, the indulgence of some filmmakers to throw every possible bad thing at characters and laugh at how much sticks. Sometimes, though, true life breaks out in farce. Often enough I think the experience … Continue reading

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Religious Freedom Week: Adoption and Foster Care

The Fortnight For Freedom has been condensed into a single week. The centerpiece focuses on an issue dear to me, but which church leaders tend to miss the available opportunities. Caring for ‘the orphan’ is a demand of the gospel. … Continue reading

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Adoption in English Group 4

I checked the final small group reports for mentions of adoption. Two groups hit the topic. This paragraph in English #4 for starters: In the section on adoption, some discussion ensued about the right of a child to have both … Continue reading

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@ Synod15: Adoption and Foster Parenting

Rocco whispered on proposed edits to the synod’s instrumentum laboris. Behold, a whole section on “Adoption and Foster Parenting.” The start is worth reading. First because of the acknowledgement of the problem of children who lack families: 138. To provide … Continue reading

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Family Fail

Did a conference break out at Pope Francis’s appearance in Philadelphia? A mixed review is here. In addition to the criticisms mentioned, no workshop on adoption. Big miss. The perspective of family is easy when one is a fertile parent. … Continue reading

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Some Elaboration on “A Particular Fruitfulness”

The instrumentum laboris of the Fall’s Rome synod is out in English here. You won’t see a section-by-section treatment on this site. The final result of the family synod is likely to be far different from the plan the Church … Continue reading

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Adoption Message for the Day

I see another Crisis essay on “traditional” marriage here, focusing, as the Right often does, on using children to tug at heartstrings or gall bladder to whip up concern about lesbian or gay people wanting some legal protection. Pope Francis … Continue reading

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Missing the Bus On Adoption

Phyllis Zagano gets it totally wrong at NCRep. In trying to be fair, she misses big time on two counts: 1. Catholic agencies really do not (or should not) need government money to do their job. 2. Catholic agencies, if … Continue reading

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Adoption The Issue, Not The Tool

I’ve already posted my disappointment that the only mention of adoption in the Instrumentum Laboris for next month’s synod is in connection with same-sex couples. Until I see more discussion and interest in discussing adoption as its own issue, I … Continue reading

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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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