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Downstate GOP Lawmaker Takes Aim At Civil Union Law

Posted 01.31.2012 | Chicago

A downstate Republican lawmaker is pushing a new bill to the Illinois state general assembly which attempts to introduce exceptions to the state's civ...

Illinois Catholic Charities Ends Adoption Lawsuit

Waymon Hudson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Waymon Hudson

While the end of Catholic Charities' adoption contract lawsuit is a victory for the equal application of the law and state services, the fight over civil rights and equality between LGBT Americans and powerful religious organizations is far from over.

Catholic Charities Abandons Thousands of Children Instead of Adopting to LGBT Parents

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jamie McGonnigal

Over and over again, the Catholic dioceses have made the conscious decision to abandon orphans and foster children rather than place them in loving, forever homes, based on nothing in their actual belief system.

The ABC Factor At Health and Human Services: Anybody But Catholics

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 12.17.2011 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Trafficking of human beings is one of the great modern-day scandals, but at least until now the U.S. government sought to sincerely address the issue.

Senator Introduces Bill Allowing Catholic Charities To Refuse Gay Adoptions

Posted 12.15.2011 | Chicago

Illinois State Senator Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) on Wednesday filed legislation that would amend the state's civil union law to allow Catholic Chariti...

Unsung Hero, Sally Dunn, M.S., LMFT

Christine Schanes | Posted 12.11.2011 | Impact
Christine Schanes

Sally's colleagues recognize her ongoing efforts to help people in need. Homeless people trust and know that Sally will do her best to help them. In the words of her client Susan, "Sally has helped me perform miracles. She's an angel!"

Catholic Social Teaching And Bullying: A Call To Action

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 12.07.2011 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

Catholics are called to protect the dignity of the human person without exception. We must recognize that bullying is an attack on human dignity.

Illinois Catholics Launch 'Defense Of Marriage' Department

Posted 11.29.2011 | Chicago

This week, a judge once again shot down an appeal by Catholic Charities, which wants to continue handling adoptions and foster care applications in Il...

Judge: State Can End Foster Contracts With Catholic Charities

Posted 11.27.2011 | Chicago

Catholic Charities has lost another round in the ongoing battle over adoption and foster care contracts being granted to same-sex couples in civil uni...

Faith Communities Can't Rebuild Alone

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

We shouldn't expect the voluntary faith communities to do it alone. We can usually count on the public to be there, but it needs the support and revenue support of the private sector to fulfill that role.

Jesus Won't Pass Muster At Health And Human Services

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 11.17.2011 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

HHS has a very limited definition of which church organizations can be exempted from having to pay for contraceptives, sterilization and other services that violate church teaching.

Catholic Charities To Appeal Judge's Gay Adoption Decision

Posted 10.29.2011 | Chicago

An attorney representing Catholic Charities in four Illinois church dioceses said Monday that he will appeal a judge's ruling against his client in a ...

Separating Church & State: When Faith-Based Orgs Trump Civil Rights

Waymon Hudson | Posted 10.26.2011 | Chicago
Waymon Hudson

Every day LGBT people around the country are forced into hostile situations with religious organizations providing public services or worse turned away from getting these tax-payer funded services altogether.

Is Illinois 'At War' With Catholics? Some Church Leaders Think So

Posted 10.24.2011 | Chicago

After an Illinois judge ruled last week that the state Department of Children and Family Services can legally sever their long-standing foster care an...

Catholic Charities Loses Same-Sex Adoption Fight In Illinois

Posted 10.20.2011 | Religion

By Kevin Eckstrom c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) An Illinois judge has ruled that the state can terminate adoption and foster care services w...

Judge Hears Arguments In Catholic Charities Adoption Case

Posted 10.17.2011 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of the Windy City Times A circuit court judge is weighing a claim by four Catholic charities that the state violated ...

HHS Needs To Remove Itself From The Sanctuary

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 10.08.2011 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has gone beyond nuzzling its nose where it does not belong. It has plunked itself right in the middle of the sanctuary.

Joseph Erbentraut

Illinois' Foster Care, Adoption Dispute With Catholic Charities At Standstill | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.20.2011 | Chicago

Though the state of Illinois's Department of Children and Family Services announced last week that it had suspended its foster care and adoption contr...

Judge Halts Illinois From Ending Catholic Charities Adoption Contracts Over Civil Unions

Waymon Hudson | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
Waymon Hudson

Illinois has decided to end its involvement and financial contracts for Catholic Charities' adoption and foster services in the wake of the religious organization's refusal to follow the state's new civil unions law and existing anti-discrimination policies.

State Ending Foster Care Relationship With Catholic Charities

Posted 09.10.2011 | Chicago

In May, Catholic Charities of Rockford announced that it would end its adoption and foster care program if the state forced them to grant applications...

Jen Sabella

Agency Takes Over Foster Care In Rockford After Catholic Charities Halts Service | Jen Sabella | Posted 08.16.2011 | Chicago

Last month, Catholic Charities of Rockford announced that it would no longer provide foster care services, since new state law would force them to acc...

Catholic Charities Sues For Right To Discriminate

Waymon Hudson | Posted 08.12.2011 | Religion
Waymon Hudson

Although they are providing a state-funded service in the public sphere, they are looking to be able to pick and choose who they provide that service to based on their religious dogma, not state law.

Catholic Charities Takes Adoption, Foster Care Battle To Court

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut and Jen Sabella | Posted 08.07.2011 | Chicago

The battle between the state of Illinois and Catholic Charities escalated Tuesday, as lawyers for the charitable organization took legal action agains...

In Issue Of Adoption, Catholic Charities Should Adhere To Basic Fairness

Alvin McEwen | Posted 08.02.2011 | Religion
Alvin McEwen

While I understand wanting to adhere to one's faith, this is an issue in which the welfare of the child must come first. Studies have shown that children do not suffer from a same-sex household.

Catholic Church Chooses Discrimination Over Charity In Illinois

Waymon Hudson | Posted 08.01.2011 | Religion
Waymon Hudson

The church certainly has the right as a private institution to believe what they want and to act accordingly. However, they simply do not have the right to bring that discrimination into the public sphere.