CHICAGO, August 12, 2003 ( – Catholic Charities of Chicago, with about 1,100 children in some 850 foster homes, is reviewing its policies on adoptions in light of the new Vatican document on homosexual unions.  The organization says it has not knowingly put children in the home of a homosexual couple, but it admitted that it did not vet prospective foster or adoptive parents on such criteria.  The Vatican document recognizes, with regard to homosexual unions, that “Allowing children to be adopted by persons living in such unions would actually mean doing violence to these children, in the sense that their condition of dependency would be used to place them in an environment that is not conducive to their full human development.”  With the blessing of Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, Catholic Charities is ensuring its policies are “in conformity with Catholic teachings and canon and civil law.”  Cardinal George said, “The document comes out with a teaching, but then you have to take a look at all the questions that it raises.”  See the WBBM Newsradio coverage: