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The adoption agency “Catholic Care”, based in Leeds, in northern England, was obliged by British justice on November 2, 2012, to open its services to homosexual couples. According to the November 2 edition of the weekly Catholic Herald, the association had been trying for five years to obtain the legal recognition of its right to refuse to place children with homosexual couples. Its last appeal was rejected on the grounds that the law of equality forbids any discrimination of homosexual couples who wish to adopt. The legal instance indicated that “Catholic Care” had not managed to propose “serious and convincing reasons” to explain its refusal and that, on the contrary, it wounds the dignity of homosexual couples “whose capacity to be parents is indisputable”, and thus violates article 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights, which forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation.
The Leeds tribunal refused the argument that homosexual candidates for adoption could go elsewhere. The former bishop of Leeds, Bishop Arthur Roche, had claimed during the procedure that the law ought to respect the Church’s opinion in the matter, “just as it does in not obliging her to celebrate same-sex unions.” The court answered that “the religious ceremony is a private matter,” whereas the adoption procedure is “a public service partially funded by the State, who thus has a right to oversee this activity.”
The association pointed out that this decision was going to force it to give up its activity, since once it acts against the demands of its own doctrine, it will no longer receive the donations that allowed it to continue its activity.
(sources: apic/Catholic Herald – DICI#265, Nov. 23, 2012)
Doesn't Magna Carta prevent this? Liberals and Enlightenment minded thinkers hail this document as the cornerstone of Western democracy and civil liberties, but the first right it states is:
Magna Carta of 1215, 1 Wrote:In the first place we have granted to God, and by this our present charter confirmed for us and our heirs forever that the English Church shall be free, and shall have her rights entire, and her liberties inviolate; and we will that it be thus observed

Oops.
I don't know that the Church of England will be affected by this decision.
(11-26-2012, 04:19 AM)Crusading Philologist Wrote: [ -> ]I don't know that the Church of England will be affected by this decision.


CP,
in this context, since the "English Church" of that time was the One True Church, it refers only to the Catholic Church. Although I would guess that this isn't so much of an issue to the COE crowd. It would seem that England considers (legally speaking) only a part of it's patrimony when evaluating such cases, and then the rest is all EU-related material. Thus we have the reference to the European Convention of Human Rights.
How many more pubescent & post-pubescent boys will have to be raped..........first in the Boy Scouts, lately in our own Church...........by pederasts, before people admit that 3% of the population  account for 30% (or more) of child abusers who are in prison.
Obviously, the abortionists want this because the more they curtail adoption, the more they increase the power of birth control and abortion.
(11-26-2012, 07:18 AM)dahveed Wrote: [ -> ]
(11-26-2012, 04:19 AM)Crusading Philologist Wrote: [ -> ]I don't know that the Church of England will be affected by this decision.


CP,
in this context, since the "English Church" of that time was the One True Church, it refers only to the Catholic Church. Although I would guess that this isn't so much of an issue to the COE crowd. It would seem that England considers (legally speaking) only a part of it's patrimony when evaluating such cases, and then the rest is all EU-related material. Thus we have the reference to the European Convention of Human Rights.

True, but I have to assume that the British government would take the "English Church" to mean the Church of England. I suppose with all of this talk of forcing women bishops on the Church of England, though, we'll soon see if it holds even there.