Joliet Among Three Catholic Dioceses Suing State Over Civil Union Adoption

Group seeks to maintain policy of referring civil union couples to other child welfare agencies.

According to a Chicago Tribune report, lawyers for Catholic Charities in the dioceses of Springfield, Peoria and Joliet are seeking an emergency injunction that would protect religious agencies who turn away unmarried couples who want to become foster parents—including couples in civil unions.

The group filed the petition today in a Sangamon County Circuit Court, the report says.

Romeoville has one church, , within the Diocese of Joliet

In June, Illinois began allowing . 

The charities, according to the report, asks the court to declare that they are legally justified to preserve their current policy of exclusively granting licenses to married couples and single, non-cohabiting individuals and referring civil union couples to other child welfare agencies.

Jim Hickenbaum June 07, 2011 at 09:42 PM
It is amazing what audacity the Catholic Church has, particularly the Diocese of Joliet ,in following through on what they see as justice. We know for a fact, they currently have a sexual abuser on their staff, which for whatever reason, the administration is choosing to cover up. They ask for our financial support but yet do not respect the innocents who have fallen victim to this individual's prey. To the Diocese of Joliet: Clean up the poop in your yard before attempting to reslove other issues. Doug Delaney, who are you really working for? Satan?! You are not fooling anyone on your staff, the public, and especially--God Almighty.
Toni June 07, 2011 at 11:49 PM
Does the Diocese receive any money from the state, local or federal government? If yes, they lost their choice who to discriminate against. If no, then as their religion states to them that civil unions are not a "godly" union, they have that right. As Americans, we cannot say we want separation of church and state and then mandate what that religion deems to be right. We cannot have it both ways. And neither can the church, kingdom halls or mosques. The Diocese has more than enough money to function on its own and should not be receiving funding from any other source than its congregation.
Dennis Wade June 08, 2011 at 12:49 AM
Jesus invited all to dine at his table without conditions or harassment. We as a church recognize that we are all sinners and are not qualified to impose conditions on whom we assist. Christ instructed all of us to recognize each other as brothers and sisters who are tabernacle of Christ's light. NO one should be denied assistance. As far as the sexual abuse case in the Diocese of Joliet staff is concerned. It is not so much that abuser that should be punished, but the administration who continues to enable it. It is common knowledge that Doug Delaney covers up sexual abuse cases. See the FaceBook pages with key witness testimonials.


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