Posts Tagged ‘Adoption’

As a teen, I chose adoption. Why are stories like mine missing from the abortion debate? Comments 0

Monday, December 7th, 2020

I would rather jump through a glass window than talk to literally anyone about reproductive politics. Given the choice between a very normal and appropriate conversation about reproductive politics and a glass window, I will be in the bushes out front, picking glass out of my torso. That is because when I was 17 I Read more

Calls to change ‘outdated’ adoption law in New Zealand Comments 0

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

There are renewed calls to change New Zealand’s “outdated” adoption law which has been described as “discriminatory and not fit for purpose”. The Adoption Act – which has not been updated since 1955, has been criticised by the Human Rights Commission, which wants to make the adoption process more accessible for people and relevant to Read more

The sacramentality of adoption Comments 0

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

One of the radical insights of the Second Vatican Council is the salvific character of married life. Marriage is not a secondary vocation for those who are not strong enough to embrace celibacy, but instead offers an icon of love that the entire church is called to contemplate. The married couple’s self-gift, embodied in the Read more

Missionaries of Charity childcare homes scrutinised after baby sale Comments 0

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Childcare homes run by the Missionaries of Charity in India will be inspected after employees at one shelter were accused of selling babies for adoption. Sister Konsalia Balsa and social worker Anima Indwar were arrested after allegedly trying to sell a baby for UK£1,325 (about NZ$2,500). They have also been accused of having already sold Read more

Same sex couple adopt Catholic child despite opposition Comments 0

Monday, March 27th, 2017

A same sex couple from New South Wales have had their wish to adopt a four-year old Catholic child granted despite opposition from the child’s parents. The child will not be raised in the Catholic faith. Both the child’s birth parents are Catholics. The child was removed from her mother’s care when she was only Read more

Forced adoptions for 30 years prompt Catholic apology Comments 0

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Forced adoptions in England and Wales saw more than half a million women forced lose their babies in the 30 years following World War II. Similar experiences have been recorded in other parts of the world, including Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The Catholic Church was not alone in its zeal to remove babies from Read more

Aussie bishops object to commercial surrogacy Comments 0

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Australia’s Catholic bishops have strongly objected to any suggestion of a commercial surrogacy industry. In a submission to an Australian parliamentary sub-committee’s inquiry, the bishops said it would be “intolerable” to argue “harm minimisation” as justification for commercial surrogacy. “Children are not commodities and should not be bought,” said Bishop Peter Comensoli, the bishops’ delegate Read more

Aussie same-sex bill could stop Catholic agency adoption Comments 0

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

A Catholic agency may have to stop arranging adoptions if a Victorian bill that allows same-sex couples to jointly adopt children becomes law. Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart and CatholicCare have called for protection for faith-based groups that do not want to give adoption services to same-sex couples. But, under the Victorian government’s bill, faith-based groups Read more

Chilean priests involved in baby snatching for adoption ring Comments 0

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Authorities in Chile are investigating allegations that Catholic priests were in a network that took newborn babies from unmarried mothers. The babies were illegally given away to be raised by married couples in “traditional” Catholic families. The motivation was the social stigma attached to being an unmarried mother in middle-class families in Chile in the Read more

Adoption “made my life more full” Comments 0

Friday, March 28th, 2014

It’s what they talk about in movies and soap operas; 15-years-old, Catholic and pregnant. The daughter of a well known policeman, to the son of a well known Catholic school principal. The shame. The embarrassment. The scandal. Well, that was me, the 15-year-old girl, and from the moment I snuck to the doctors to have Read more