Monday, 26 May 2008

Daily Mail: Church pulls out of Catholic agencies over 'gay equality' adoption law

The Roman Catholic Church is pulling out of three of its top adoption agencies because it cannot comply with Labour’s new gay equality laws.

The Mail on Sunday has learned the Church will this week cut its ties with the Surrey-based Catholic Children’s Society, one of the biggest in the country covering much of the South-East.

The dioceses of Nottingham and Northampton have also decided to pull out of their agencies.

The development will anger Catholic MPs, who warned last year that the contentious legislation would have a dramatic impact on the charities.

Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory leader, said: ‘This is a tragedy. We are taking the ethos out of these adoption agencies and leaving them with a crisis, all because the Government wouldn’t listen.’

It will also dismay hundreds of thousands of parishioners who have raised millions of pounds over the years to support the much-loved organisations. Read more
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