After threatening to end its adoption and homeless services programs in Washington D.C. if the City Council approved gay marriage there, the Catholic Church's charities unit is indeed dismantling its foster care program — even after the Church said it would back off its own promise to do so.
Claiming it cannot operate its 80-year-old foster-care program if the city somehow "forces" the Church to officiate gay unions and recognize same-sex partners of employees, the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is getting out of the foster care business before the M-word comes to the nation's capital. The church's Catholic Charities unit, which receives $20 million annually from the city (read: taxpayers), on Feb. 1 transferred its 43 children, 35 families and seven staff members to the National Center for Children and Families, another foster care provider, reports the Washington Post.
"Now we're in a position where we need to scrutinize everything," says Catholic Charities chief Edward Orzechowski. "From our point of view, it's important that we don't in any way compromise our religious teaching."
Full report at QUEERTY.