The Roman Inquisition is thriving in two people. Pope Bendict XVI headed it for 25 years and replaced himself with an equally schoolmarm-ish, William Joseph Levada, Archbishop Emeritus of San Francisco.
- For some reason, the Inquisition has a bad rap, what with torture, irrationality, paranoia and all. It's the same bunch of fun-loving, heritic damning guys, but its name since 1965 has been more precisely the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
- Levada has been associated by many with the same type of shuffling and protection of sexually abusive priests in his archdiocese as our own Bernie Law.
- When he wore the big hat in San Francisco, there were three adoptions by same-sex couples from his social service agency.
Concerning the email, ''We'll be reviewing it," said archdiocese spokesman Maurice Healy. I'll bet. Disagreeing would be a lot more serious than telling your mom you don't feel like coming over for Thanksgiving.
The situation there is nearly identical to Boston's. Specifically:
- A fraction of 1% of adoptions has gone to same-sex couples.
- The kids placed were problem cases, hard to place.
- The couples were thoroughly vetted to ensure the kids' well-being, certainly better screened that straight couples.
- The states have strict non-discrimination laws that require greater fairness. In all likelihood, the Catholic Charities in both places have been pushing it in limiting the same-sex couples as much as they have to date.
What's wrong with that paragaph? I suspect it is simply that it is a very sick perversion of what Gov. Mitt Romney calls "freedom of religion."
Spit on the law, spit on the kids, spit on a history of social service, but claim it is God's word that made you do it.