According to an Associated Press report, an archdiocesan spokesperson announced the archbishop’s stance yesterday.
“We realize that
there are people in our community, some of whom work side by side with
us to serve the needy in society, who do not share our beliefs, and we
recognize and respect that fact," Archbishop Niederauer said in a
written statement a week ago.
Since 2000, five
of the 136 adoptions facilitated by Catholic Charities of San Francisco
have been to gay couples, according to Brian Cahill, the agency's
executive director. He told the AP Monday that he interpreted the
archbishop's remarks as a guideline, not a ban.
teaching is paramount. Equally paramount are the best interests of the
vulnerable children that we serve," Cahill was quoted as saying.
Insight’s Valerie Schmalz reported yesterday however, that Cahill
recently hired Glenn Motola--an openly gay man who has an adopted son
together with his partner--as Catholic Charities’ director of programs.
spokesman Maurice Healy said Catholic Charities might be able to
complete any adoptions by gay couples already in the works, but he was
less sure whether the archbishop’s position offered any leeway.
have threatened to withdraw funding from Catholic Charities if the
archdiocese decides not to place children in same-sex households.
However, Healy said such a move would not force the program, which has
an annual $400,000 budget, to close.
George Niederauer has said placing children with same-sex couples
conflicts with Catholic teaching and has asked his local Catholic
Charities to bring its adoption program fully in line with the Church's
views. However, with the recent hiring of an openly gay adoptive parent
as the organization’s director of programs, many smell a massive
conflict of interests.