Catholic Charities Need Not Apply

The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that once again, Catholic social services providing foster care children in the “City of Brotherly Love” have been rejected by the city as a provider, because the Catholic Faith disallows placement of children with same-sex couples. This although the Church is the largest provider of social services in the region! The Church’s charity work assisted 225,000 in 2017 , enlisted over 4,000 volunteers and many thousands of benefactors who wished their donations to go to helping Catholic charitable causes. Who is the City of Philadelphia to determine foster care should not be one of these areas? Catholic Social Services rightly sued, due to discriminatory practices infringing on religious freedom. Not surprisingly, the ACLU of Pennsylvania filed a brief in favor of the city’s case. Catholic Charities in both Washington, D.C. and Boston, Massachusetts, have closed their doors to foster care, due to similar persecutorial rulings. Ironically, attention was first drawn to the matter by Mayor Jim Kenney, alleged to be Catholic, who criticized CSS’s Catholic belief system.  Dr. Brian Clowes, Director of Research and Education for Human Life International writes:

The Daughters of Charity in Washington, D.C., where the Church has also closed its doors to foster care due to religious discrimination.

“Those who promote homosexuality are forcibly tearing away more and more of the rights of Christians, and the situation is rapidly deteriorating. Who could have possibly imagined just a few years ago that companies would start firing people for writing pro-family articles on their own time, or business owners would be sued for refusing to participate in homosexual union ceremonies?

Now is the time to draw the line, to stand and defend our families and our rights without apology in the public square.”

What many fail to realize is religion is the impetus for why the Catholic Church is the largest private purveyor of health care on the globe. Since the first Christian took in the first orphan – for the Catholic Church dates to Christ – this is done for love of God and neighbor and never pure social work. As Mother Teresa used to say, when she was asked about those she helped, she said she did this for one person, Christ himself. Yet, the City of Philadelphia rejects the idea of Catholic moral discrimination. Deanna Gamble said on behalf of the City: “By refusing to certify same-sex couples, the CSS is ruling out qualified families….”

But is that the case? Though not politically correct to say so if one belongs to the American Psychological Association, an article in the Linacre Quarterly quite rightly points out that the “body of evidence” shows same-sex unions are not appropriate avenues in which to raise children. A 2012 influential Texas study in a large sampling study tragically revealed social and emotional problems: “The children of lesbians and gays fared worse than those in intact heterosexual families on 77 of the 80 outcome measures.”


  • Such unfortunate children are also 65% as likely to graduate from high school.
  • Women with bisexual/gay fathers have significant attachment issues to men, compared with their own biological parents.
  • If the same-sex couple is male, this is unfortunate as babies have been scientifically proven to respond better to women – mothers are better able to read their children and are more nurturing, and babies are more easily soothed by mothers. Those denied mothers exhibit hostile or anti-social tendencies;
  • If the same-sex couple is female, the child also suffers: the father provides children with a greater sense of safety and stability than females, are indispensable as role models for boys and needed for discipline.

And the studies go on. But in the end, there will be no moral compromise on the Church’s side. And for Catholics, not until the day Philadelphia welcomes Catholic charities with open arms does it really becomes the “City of Brotherly Love.”

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.

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