Saturday, April 21, 2007

No Catholic Help for Orhpans

Catholic Charities of Chicago, recently, announced that they would be closing their foster care program.

Chicago, Apr 18, 2007 (CNA).- The child welfare system in Chicago was shocked this week with the news that the foster care program, run by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago will shut down June 30th after a $12-million lawsuit payout led the agency's insurer to drop its coverage.

The child care program, established in 1921, is one of the oldest and largest child care programs in the state. In the 1960s, Catholic Charities advocacy prompted the state to take on foster care, leading to the creation of Department of Children and Family Services.

Lawsuits against a benevolent organization are bad. It's like taxing the Church. If you do tax the Church, they close things like Catholic schools and food pantries and the government ends up spending more, because they can't get as much volunteer labor, and have much more overhead costs.

It's really too bad.

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