Friday, January 09, 2009

Adoption agencies latest


From CFNews: Half of the Catholic adoption agencies that the Church threatened to close if they were required to work with homosexual couples have now decided to adopt the new equality law following an exemption period.

In total, 11 agencies were given a 21 month 'adjustment' period from the Equality Act in April 2007. The Act outlaws discrimination in the provision of good and services on the grounds of sexual orientation. The exemption period ran out on 1 January 2009.

Five of the agencies have now changed their position and will comply with the law,. One is to close and two others are still seeking exemption, BBC News reports.

Compliance with the new regulations by Catholic adoption agencies has been met with strong criticism by some members of the Church.

In October 2008 the Catholic Bishop of Lancaster, Patrick O'Donoghue, threatened to evict adoption agency Catholic Caring Services from church premises for complying with the Equality Act

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen