The Vatican had
stated its opposition to gay adoptions in 2003 and Archbishop Levada,
prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, reiterated
this position last week. The archbishop had served the Archdiocese of
San Francisco for 10 years.
his concerned about what this recent reiteration of the Vatican’s
position says to children who were placed with same-sex couples by San
Francisco Catholic Charities.
In the last
decade, San Francisco Catholic Charities has placed a few children with
same-sex couples in rare and carefully considered cases. But a recent
statement from Archbishop Levada indicated that no Catholic
organization should place children with same-sex couples under any
circumstances from now on.
supposed to be encouraging adoption, if we're supposed to be
discouraging abortion which is principled — I absolutely believe that —
then we also have to be encouraging placement in loving households,”
added the mayor, a practicing Roman Catholic. Newsom suggested the
Vatican should evolve in its position on this issue.
Commissioner Joe Alioto Veronese will lead the delegation to the March
24 ceremony in Rome. The archbishop will be formally installed as
Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a position
which he took in August.
San Francisco delegation to Archbishop William Levada’s elevation to
the College of Cardinals in Rome will have one less member. San
Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom announced that he would not attend, after
the Vatican reiterated its opposition to gay adoptions last week,
reported the San Francisco Sentinel.