Philadelphia Rejects Catholic Social Services over LGBT Interests

“In the name of tolerance, we’re not being tolerated.”

 ~Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki, Diocese of Springfield, Ill.

What Happened to the City of Brotherly Love?

The Catholic Church has long been a pioneer in serving those in need with its social services. Hospitals, orphanages, schools and, yes, foster care, are all areas in which the Church serves the needy.

Now Catholic News Agency is reporting that the City of Philadelphia has ceased using Catholic Services – one hopes temporarily – because the Catholic Church refuses to place foster children with same-sex couples. Earlier this week, Councilwoman Cindy Bass introduced legislation which launched an investigation against the chapter. Until resolved it seems Catholic social services – helping Philadelphians for 60 years – will continue serving the 241 children currently under its care.

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The New York Foundling (1889) was first an orphanage for abandoned children, then an adoption center, later a hospital, and one of the nation’s first nurseries for working mothers. Founded by the Sisters of Charity, they were doing corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

In January Archbishop Charles Chaput stated in these 60 years, over $290 million has been spent by Catholic Charities in this city alone. Naturally, adoption is one of the many services the agency provides. But if you don’t conform to LGBT unions, the city seems to say, “You need not apply.” One of the Church’s two greatest commandments remains, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Philadelphia seems to have dropped the ball despite its name meaning in Greek “the city of brotherly love.”

Marriage is defined in the Catholic Church as a union of one man and one woman, held in high esteem and defined as one of the Seven Sacraments. The Catholic Church does not negotiate. Its foundational truths have been passed down through the apostolic succession from Christ Himself. Her impetus over the millennia has been to help those out of this faith born of Christ and the tradition of His Church. In 2017 the USCCB condemned discrimination against its social services in endorsing then newly proposed legislation, the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Bill. While that house resolution has lingered almost a year in subcommittee, plenty grounds for it remain. In 2006 Boston chose to close its Catholic Charities adoption services, rather than comply when Massachusetts’ newly defined “marriage.” Later that year, San Francisco’s Catholic Charities was forced to follow suit. And in 2016, Catholic Charities in the District of Columbia closed its adoption services, too. Bishop Thomas Paprocki’s response was classic: “In the name of tolerance, we’re not being tolerated.”

Human Life International wishes to support the Archdiocese, Archbishop Chaput and the USCCB. Deborah Piroch, HLI Director of Public Relations and Pennsylvania native, states:

Those who condemn faith-based assistance should concentrate on those in need. Those paying politically correct lip service to special interest groups only harm those persons the charities are meant to help. In doing so, they trample on religious freedom and spell out one more reason why conscience clause protections are needed to be protected in law.

Catholic social services have existed since the Church began. Catholic Charities began 101 years ago in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The first year alone Cardinal Mundelein reported over 50,000 poor had been helped in their city. Let’s concentrate on Christ. Let Catholic faith-based charities function the way have for centuries. And stop with the politics.

About Deborah M. Piroch

Deborah M. Piroch graduated from Mount Holyoke College, the nation’s oldest women’s college, with a double major in German and English Literature. She studied abroad and earned her M.A. in English Literature from Indiana University. Fluent in German, she began her career in international journalism working for Radio Deutsche Welle in Cologne, Germany. Returning to the States after a three-year contract, she worked as arts reporter and producer on prime time shows for WQED-FM in Pittsburgh, then a top 20 market. After another three years, she was hired by EWTN Global Catholic Network as news director, anchor and writer for “Catholic World Today,” but soon transitioned into television. Highlights of her 15 years at EWTN include co-anchoring the U.S. March for Life with Marcus Grodi on more than one occasion, live translating the election of Pope Benedict XVI into German, interviewing two former U.S. Presidential candidates and producing Father Benedict Groeschel’s prime time program from its inception for six years. Named the Network’s first International Production Coordinator, she also proposed, budgeted and executed TV shoots in Scotland, England, Norway, Sweden and Germany. Most recently she served as Director of PR for Human Life International.


  1. Pius on March 27, 2018 at 3:08 AM

    It’s absurd to read how much religious freedom is being restricted almost in every corner of the world! But knowing foundation upon which the church is built and what Jesus Himself said of her (the mother church), “…. and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” Mat. 16:18. We trust and pray for the day the Church will triumph over all the attacks and challenges she faces as of now!

  2. Bill Shenoha on April 26, 2018 at 1:54 PM


    I learned of your organization through Tim Tebow — I was adopted and raised Catholic throughout my life —- recently retired , im an advocate for ‘adoption is an option’ and have published a book detailing my “Twice Blessed “ life and 25 year Reunion with my birth mother.

    It’s an inspiring memoir and perhaps would assist your organization going forward in some way.

    All the Best
    Bill Shenoha

  3. P Sargent on May 26, 2018 at 8:08 AM

    Will the City of Philadelphia also remove all references and funding to any organization the is named in the honor of Dr. Martin Luther King? I think He preached from God’s Holy Word, or are you saying he was a fake! I think not!!!

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