Catholic Care, a leading Roman Catholic adoption charity, is to end its century-old adoption service that places 20 children a year with families. The move follows the imposition of the Government’s new Sexual Orientation Regulations earlier this year.
The laws were rushed through Parliament despite opposition from many MPs and religious leaders. They mean adoption agencies must accept gay couples as prospective parents, even if they have strong moral and religious opposition to doing so.
Catholic Care is one of seven adoption agencies that Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the leader of Catholics in England and Wales, has said may be forced to close because of the laws. The charity, which is based in Yorkshire and run by the Diocese of Leeds, became the first to pull out of finding homes for children in care, after a vote by its trustees.