Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Scottish Cardinal Resigns as President of Catholic Adoption Agency


EDINBURGH, Scotland (CNS) -- Cardinal Keith O'Brien of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Scotland has resigned as president of a Catholic adoption agency that will comply with British law and consider same-sex couples as parents. Cardinal O'Brien, president of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, said in a Nov. 21 statement that he had decided to step down from his position at the St. Andrew's Children's Society Ltd. after "careful consideration." Msgr. Michael Regan, an Edinburgh priest, also resigned as a board member of the adoption agency, the statement said. While the statement did not say why the cardinal had resigned media in Scotland reported Nov. 23 that he did not want to be seen to sanction activities contrary to the teachings of the church. Eleven Catholic adoption agencies in England and Wales and two in Scotland have until Jan. 1 to comply with sexual orientation regulations under Britain's Equality Act 2006. The regulations prohibit discrimination against homosexuals in the provision of goods and services.

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