"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,” stated the
nonbonding resolution, which was passed unanimously.
of San Francisco has indicated that it will comply with the Vatican,
but Catholic Charities of San Francisco’s executive director said
Tuesday that the agency’s policies and procedures have not changed,
reported the San Francisco Chronicle. Since 2000, the agency has placed
only five children with same-sex couples.
resolution, the city’s elected officials called a 2003 Vatican document
that addressed same-sex unions and gay adoptions "hateful and
discriminatory rhetoric (that) is both insulting and callous, and shows
a level of insensitivity and ignorance which has seldom been
encountered by this Board of Supervisors,” reported the Chronicle.
called Archbishop William Levada, the prefect of the Congregation for
the Doctrine of the Faith, who reminded Catholics last week of the
Vatican’s position against gay adoptions, a decidedly unqualified
representative of his former home city and of the people of San
Francisco and the values they hold dear.”
Ammiano, a gay Catholic, parent and grandparent who wrote the
resolution, told the Chronicle that he believes Catholic Charities
appears to be trying to find a creative solution to the situation.
At the same
time, some fear a conflict of interests as Catholic Charities
newly-hired director of programs is an openly gay man who has an
adopted child together with his partner.
Sean Elsbernd, a married Catholic, said he believes the Church “made a
mistake” in its position and voting for the resolution was the right
thing to do.
City of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors issued a statement
Tuesday, calling on the Vatican to change its directive against gay
adoptions and urging the new archbishop of San Francisco, Archbishop
George Niederauer, to defy the Vatican.