Wednesday, March 22, 2006

San Francisco's city supervisors denouncing "that meddlesome foreign country" and "that unqualified representative of his former home city"

So two weeks ago the archbishop-emeritus of San Francisco, William Levada (who is slated to be made cardinal this week as the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) issued a statement that children waiting to be adopted should not be placed with gay and lesbian couples.

This directly affects the city’s Catholic Charities organization which, over the past several years, has allowed a few children to be adopted by gay/lesbian couples.

And so yesterday, the elected city officials of SF condemned Levada: “a decidedly unqualified representative of his former home city and of the people of San Francisco and the values they hold dear.”

Oh dear!.....

And they also took aim at that “foreign country,” the Vatican: "It is an insult to all San Franciscans when a foreign country, like the Vatican, meddles with and attempts to negatively influence this great city's existing and established customs and traditions, such as the right of same-sex couples to adopt and care for children in need.”

Placed in the middle of all of this is the new archbishop, George Niederauer, who has allowed this statement to be released in the archdiocesan website just yesterday:

We fully accept and faithfully teach what the Catholic Church teaches on marriage and family life. In light of these convictions, we currently are reviewing our adoption programs to determine concretely how we can continue to best serve children who are so much in need of a home. We realize there are people in our community, some working side-by-side with us to serve the needy in society, who do not share our beliefs, and we recognize and respect that fact.

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