Catholic Charities Ends Foster Adoptions Program

By Councilman Rubén Díaz Sr.

Catholic Charities Ends its Foster Adoptions Program after 95 years of excellent and professional adoption services

You should know that according to The Buffalo News “The Catholic Charities is ending their foster adoptions programs over the same-sex marriage rule” after almost one hundred years of serving the poor and less fortunate of our society.

It is important for you to know that “The Catholic Charities was founded approximately 95 years ago. Today the agency is a thirty-six million dollar non-profit organization that sponsors seventy (70) social programs and services at sixty (60) locations throughout the eight counties in western New York.” According to the article in the “Buffalo News”

As you know, The State of New York has regulations that bar discrimination based on sexual orientation. Those regulations are in direct opposition to Catholic teachings and beliefs. Catholic doctrine, and teachings oppose same-sex marriage and therefore must oppose the adoption of children by same sex couples.

Mr. Dennis C. Walczk, the Chief executive officer for the Catholic Charities of Western New York stated that “We are a Catholic Organization, so we have to practice what we do consistent with the teaching of the Church.”

After decades of providing social vital services to the poor, the homeless, the abandoned orphans, and those most vulnerable of our society they are closing their doors to adoptions. They served all people of every race, creed, color, and religion. The Catholic Charities is willing to let go of more than thirty-six million dollars in funding for these programs to send a clear message to the entire world, that their faith, values, beliefs, and Catholic Teachings are much more valuable than money.

The Catholic Dioceses in Western New York estimates that since 2017 more than 153,000 people have received and have been served by the organization through its comprehensive counseling, social and mental health, adoptions and foster care assistance services.

According to the Buffalo News Report, The Western New York Dioceses is not the only one in the nation who have refused to accept money from the government to operate programs that go against their Catholic teachings. In 2006 the Archdiocese of Boston stopped providing adoption services and in 2011, the Archdiocese of Illinois also stopped their adoption program, based on their refusal to change the Catholic Teachings in relation to same sex adoptions.

It is important for you to know that The Catholic church as of today continues to hold on to their beliefs that marriage should be between one man and one woman, even though there are some indications that those teachings, may in time, soften according to some signs coming from the Vatican and Pope Francis.

This is Councilman Rev. Ruben Diaz, and this is what you should know.

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