| 09th March 2009 | Modified: 20th October 2014 | Christianity, News Releases | Seen 45 times | Liked 0 times

9 March
Mar 9
9th March 2009

Monday 9 March 2009

Cardinal urges Government to promote fostering.

Following a Parliamentary statement by the Scottish Government's Children and Early Years
Minister Adam Ingram on legislation to allow same-sex couples to apply to
foster children, Cardinal Keith O'Brien has urged the Scottish Government to
instead "launch a high profile campaign urging more couples to consider

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on a revised set of looked
after children regulations, and has stated its intention to repeal the
existing regulation prohibiting same-sex couples from fostering.

Commenting on the proposal Cardinal O'Brien said:

"The proposals to extend the right to foster to same sex couples is as
misguided and inappropriate as the previous change to allow same sex
adoption. In a consultation at the time of the change in adoption law, 80%
of respondents opposed the change yet the Government ignored their concerns
and changed the law. I urge the Scottish Government not to jeopardise the
welfare of children who need foster care in a similar way."

"There is no evidence to suggest that such a change widens the pool of
potential foster carers and in any case why not simply launch a high profile
campaign urging more couples to consider fostering? For my own part I appeal
to Scotland's 250,000 catholic families and to the thousands of catholic
couples married in our churches every year to consider sharing the love and
stability which I hope fills your homes with a child who has little or no
experience of either, by offering to foster."

"A mass of evidence, attests to the instability of unmarried relationships
and the instability of same sex partnerships yet worryingly it is
ignored. Since less than two percent of the population is homosexual and a
minority of this group are in a stable relationship, which would allow
consideration as foster parents, It is difficult to see how the changes
advocated can have any meaningful impact on the widening the potential pool
of foster families."


Peter Kearney  
Catholic Media Office
5 St. Vincent Place
G1 2DH  
0141 221 1168
07968 122291

Posted by . You can also subscribe to email updates.

Like   Back to Top   Seen 45 times   Liked 0 times

Subscribe to Updates

If you enjoyed this, why not subscribe to free email updates ?

Subscribe to News updates

Enter your email address to be notified of new posts:

Subscribe to:

Alternatively, you can subscribe via RSS

‹ Return to News

We never share or sell your email address to anyone.

I've already subscribed / don't show me this again

Recent Posts

Scottish Bishops offer thanks to Nuncio

| 20th January 2017 | Blogging

His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Mennini, who has served as Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain since December 2010, has been appointed by Pope Francis to serve in the Holy See Secretariat of State and will take up his new post in Rome next month.   Reacting to the announcement, Archbishop Phi...

Bishop pays tribute to former MP who became a Priest

| 24th December 2016 | Blogging

24 December 2016   Bishop pays tribute to former MP who became a Priest.   Bishop William Nolan, the Bishop of Galloway has paid tribute to Fr. George Thompson who died peacefully yesterday (23 December 2016) aged 88 at Senwick Nursing Home in Borgue.   Bishop Nolan said: “Fa...

Archbishop Tartaglia urges DWP to reconsider Job Centre closures

| 14th December 2016 | Blogging

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia has expressed concern at a proposal to close half of Glasgow’s job centres.   &...

Appointment of Baroness Helen Liddell as Chair of Independent Review Group

| 05th December 2016 | Blogging

Monday 5 December 2016   The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has today announced that Baroness Helen Lidde...