Illinois Catholic Charity Ends Adoption Services Rather than Honor New Civil Unions Law

As Illinois’ civil unions law comes into effect Wednesday, Catholic Charities of Rockford will end its state-funded foster care and adoption services, a move they say is necessary to protect their freedom of religious conscience because otherwise the charity may have been forced to comply with state anti-discrimination laws and place children with same-sex couples.

From On Top Magazine:

The charity services 11 counties and its decision could displace the 350 foster children it serves and leave 58 employees out of work. 

“While we understand leaving this work will be very painful for our client families, employees, volunteers, donors and prayerful supporters, we can no longer contract with the state of Illinois whose laws would force us to participate in activity offensive to the moral teachings of the church — teachings which compel us to do this work in the first place,” said Frank Vonch, director of social services for the Diocese of Rockford.

The civil unions law, signed by governor Pat Quinn earlier this year, gives no express protections for religious institutions with regards to adoption services. An attempt at passing a bill that would have amended the civil unions law in this fashion was killed in senate committee.

Following the signing of the civil unions law, the state administration began and is still looking into whether adoption services receiving public money can, under the state’s human rights act, be allowed to discriminate.

The Catholic Charities of Rockford has been keen to characterize this battle as an example of religious rights being trampled, but LGBT rights groups say the only victims are the kids that could have been helped through the welfare system and into happy homes by the group.

From The Beacon News:

Diocese officials said that allowing such adoptions or foster placements would violate teachings of the Catholic faith.

“The law of our land has always guaranteed its people freedom of religion,” diocese spokeswoman Penny Wiegert said. “Denying this exemption to faith-based agencies leads one to believe that our lawmakers prefer laws that guarantee freedom from religion.”

The Civil Rights Agenda, a gay rights advocacy group, issued a statement calling the diocese’s decision “a sad display of bigotry” and said religious freedom “is granted only when the religious agency is not funded by taxpayer dollars.”

“I am mindful that this is a sad day for the many foster families and parents involved and the children who are in the care of Catholic Charities,” TCRA Executive Director Anthony Martinez said.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has said there will be adequate resources to take on the 300 cases the Catholic Charities of Rockford had on its books upon closing.

However, this will no doubt serve to bolster calls for a referendum on a constitutional amendment that would ban civil unions as well as same-sex marriages in the state. This was proposed last month by a group of religious conservatives who say the civil unions bill was passed by lawmakers against the will of the people. Read more on that here.


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Michael Potvin-Frost

I am dismayed by the lack of biblical understanding of some people who claim that others are picking the parts of Scripture that they like and disregarding others. If you look at the list of abominations in the Old Testament you will likely find that you have engaged in, or at least tacitly approved of, one or more of those activities. No one, and I mean no one, really believes and follows every word of the Bible. Do you realize how vehemently Jesus opposed divorce? It is interesting to note that evangelical Christians have the highest rate of divorce in this country. And how many divorced Catholics do you know? Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

Bradford S.
Brad S5 years ago

If our "Founding Fathers" could read the spin Corey M. put on their writings they would roll over in their graves.

If they were alive they'd probably give him a butt whipping that he'd never forget.

Bradford S.
Brad S5 years ago

Martha E.''

You looney liberals like to pick a few verses of Scripture that you think support your world view.

If you're not goint to read the whole Bible so you understand the context, you should at least try reading the rest of Jesus's teachings before you try to use His name to support your wicked support of what GOD & Jesus (GOD the Son) actually hate.

Take Luke 4:4 for example, where Jesus said "man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of GOD".

Did you get that? "every word of GOD" refers to the Bible, the WHOLE Bible, not just the parts you like.

This same word of GOD states in both Old & New Testament that the things that "gays" do with each other are absolutely detestable sin ("abomination") to GOD, & you want to put helpless, impressionable children in a "home" with two people of very low morality engage in those things?? What chance do you think those children will have coming out of those "homes" to have a normal (moral lifestyle) & not be molested by those so called "parents"?

You just can't stand it that there are some organizations left that have the courage & the guts to stand firm against this evil & not just go with the flow like the rest of you people blinded by sin.

You looney liberals like to pick a few verses

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Corey Mondello
Corey Mondello5 years ago

America's Liberal Treasonous Founding Fathers; Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Paine, and Franklin


George Washington, First President of USA:

“The United States of America should have a foundation free from the influence of clergy.”

“As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.”

“The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation,” Washington wrote. “All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent national gifts. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.”

A near-contemporary, the Rev. Dr. Bird Wilson, “perused every line that (President George) Washington ever gave to the public and (did) not find one expression in which he pledges himself as

Corey Mondello
Corey Mondello5 years ago

relgious people, institutions, churchs, orgs schools, etc. should not be allowed special rights and priveledges. they are already allowed to make laws, fire teachers and judges, ban books, etcc....why give them more power? they want to take over the USA and make it a the catholic church did with Hitler and the Puritans did when they first landed on our shores and killed/banished Quakers from the colony until the founders stepped in and created the Bill of Rights.


Conservative Christians are more guilty by their actions, in acting in ways they say others act immorally. Not to forget their holy war in the middle east and how Christianity was spread around the globe....not by the Sermon on the Mount, but by the sword. Violence and immoral behavior is the "rights" ideology.


Hitler LOVED the Catholic Church and the Catholic Church loved him back just as much. Dont believe me? Watch DVD 'Theologians Under Hitler':


"The documentary film, " Theologians Under Hitler ," examines post-war Allied revisionism and the portrait of a German church unified, defiant against Nazism. Historical research uncovers a very different story.

The film, scheduled for PBS nationwide release beginning in November (check local listings), is an effort by producer Steven D. Martin and his company; Vital Visuals, Inc. ( ) to ask what this history te

Lisa Hess
Lisa Hess5 years ago

Separation of church and state should not be a gray area. They are to be kept apart and if you take federal funds you have to abide by those laws no matter what you think. But I also believe that if you are a priest and you abuse kids you go jail and those who helped hide you are also guilty. It shows just how wrapped around their fingers the church has their people. If these same kids were abused by a school teacher these same people would riot in the streets. When will the religious realize that those in power of their religion no longer live by what they preach. Greed is greed doesnt matter if its religion or government or banking. Wake up you dont need the church to live by what you believe is the word of your God. Walk away and watch the tantrums begin and they will damn you to hell for talking their power away not you leaving the church

Miriam W.
miriam w5 years ago

"do as I say or I'll endanger your very existence"

sounds like terrorism to me.

Dennis Velco
Dennis Velco6 years ago

Boo hoo... people.. so what.. the Catholic church chooses to not be open to all parents.. that is their CHOICE. What do you think you'd feel if the organization that took over was a Muslim faith based organization? Thoughts on that? Do you feel warm and fuzzy about that? Why or why not? After all.. they'd just be doing good service under God.

I'm happy to honor their choice and have children managed by caring people who aren't trying to push their ideology on to children at this vulnerable phase of their lives. One can be caring, loving and nurturing without shoving the Bible down other people's throat.

The children ARE NOT being left behind.. they will still be serviced by a different organization that will actually look out for their full interest and be less self serving - Church Pushers. That is a wonderful thing !!
THE CHILDREN WILL NOT BE HURT BY THIS... Only the Catholic Church will be hurt by turning away all the government and family incomes this use to provide.

Frankly.. this is one more wonderful step in getting the "Church" out of matters of government.

Brian, James and all the others.. The church again..So.. you applaud the Church for standing up for what they believe... Do you also applaud the KKK (who most profess Christianity)? How about the Youth Nazis? Do you feel they should be able to also do as they believe? Do you not know your C

Caitlin Fowler
Caitlin F6 years ago

There funding should not be cut. If they will not place children with gay couples, then so be it, however they should still stilled be allowed to operate with other families, even if they aren't supportive of gays they were doing good elsewhere in the community and it is not fair on the children left.