Cardinal Francis George: 'I am sorry that the intransigence of the Department of Health and Human Services has made it necessary to defend in court what every American could take for granted until this year.'
The powerful Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, a congregation that professes to be devoted to serving the poor through corporal and spiritual works of mercy, often finds herself at odds with the Church.
'The decision not to pursue further appeals was reached with great reluctance, but was necessitated by the fact that the state of Illinois has made it financially impossible for our agencies to continue to provide these services,' said Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville and Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of Joliet.
Ruling: State has the right to stop contracting with the agencies on foster care and adoption placement. New civil-unions law sparked the lawsuit from Catholic Charities, which wanted to retain the right to accept state contracts while placing children with families according to Catholic tenets.