by Hilary White
SAN FRANCISCO, March 21, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The online Catholic news source, Ignatius Insight, has revealed that Glen Motola, Director of Programs and Services of San Francisco Catholic Charities is an active homosexual who four years ago adopted a child with his male partner. The Charities’ Executive director, Brian Cahill, has publicly opposed requests that the agency move to conform itself to Catholic teaching on the issue of homosexuals adopting children. Local homosexual publications have said that Cahill has a son who is also an active homosexual.
In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Brian Cahill repudiated archdiocesan spokesman Maurice Healy who said Monday that the Church in San Francisco would be working to follow more closely the Church’s teaching.
“Our teaching on marriage and family life precludes these kinds of adoptions,” Healy said. “We need to find another way to help this vulnerable population. How, remains to be worked out.”
Cahill, however, said in the interview that Healy does not speak for Catholic Charities or for Archbishop Niederauer.
“This is an outright statement that is false,” Cahill said of Healy’s assertion that homosexual adoption was “precluded” by Catholic teaching. “Mr. Healy is, A, mistaken, B, doesn’t speak for Catholic Charities and, frankly, it’s clear to me that he’s not speaking for the archbishop these days.”
Archbishop Niederauer issued a written statement that said the Archdiocese of San Francisco upholds Catholic teaching in this and all matters. He wrote, “In light of these convictions, we currently are reviewing our adoption programs to determine concretely how we can continue to best serve children who are so much in need of a home.”
“Catholic teaching is paramount.” Cahill said. “Equally paramount are the best interests of the vulnerable children that we serve.”
Ignatius Insight, however, reveals that Cahill’s stated devotion to Catholic teaching, is dubious since he was responsible for hiring and promoting Motola, an active homosexual, who is living with a man with whom he has adopted a child. Cahill has praised “loving” homosexual households in various local publications.
While Catholic charitable organizations are not required to avoid hiring people who suffer from homosexual inclinations and who live chaste lives, it is expected by most Catholics that high ranking executives should not be in flagrant opposition to the teaching of the Church.
The Advocate, a national homosexual periodical, reported in 2004 that at least four members of the board of San Francisco Catholic Charities is actively homosexual. The Advocate quoted Glen Motola saying, “I have never felt disrespected in this agency for who I am and how I live my life.”
The controversy is growing on both coasts with Boston Catholic Charities giving up its attempt to have an exemption based on religious freedom from the Massachusetts requirement that homosexuals be included in processes by public charities. Boston Catholic Charities announced that it would be pulling out of its historic ministry of adoptions because of the secular state’s requirements.
Read coverage from Ingatius Insight: http://www.ignatiusinsight.com/features2006/vschmalz_sfadoption2_mar06.asp
Read related LifeSiteNews.com coverage: San Francisco to “Review” Gay Adoption Policy in Response to Levada Directive http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/mar/06031007.html