Leading LGBT voice scorns
Cardinal Levada LGBT adoption ban
By Pat Murphy
March 14, 2006
Cardinal William Levada represents "all that is wrong with
the Catholic Church" as evidenced by Vatican opposition to
LGBT adoptions, a San Francisco LGBT leader said today.
Supervisor Tom Ammiano, longtime elected member of San Francisco
governance and LGBT leading voice, gave an emotional condemnation
of Rome policy and urged Levada to withdraw the directive.
Rome reiterated the 2003 policy over the weekend causing San
Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom to withdraw
his attendance from the March 24 formal installation of Levada
as Cardinal and Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of
Catholic Charities of San Francisco place adoptees in LGBT families,
and Ammiano urged the Vatican to permit local policy to continue.
Ammiano made the remarks during today's Board of Supervisors
"You know, as a gay Catholic, Cardinal Levada is everything
that is wrong with the Catholic Church," Ammiano told Board
"If this Cardinal would put the kind of energy into ending
sexual abuse and homophobia in the church as he does in persecuting
same sex couples
"He said it is violence. You are doing violence when you
place children with same sex couples.
"Well, I say to you, I think there is a reason that the
office that he represents now was once called the Office of the
Inquisition, because they cannot see beyond the humanness of this
"It seems to me that if the Catholic Church is losing members,
they should welcome, they should embrace gay and lesbian and transgender
people who embrace that faith.
"No one is going to tell me that I am not Catholic.
"No one is going to tell me that I am doing violence to
children. That is criminal and if we could impeach him I would
make that resolution," stated Ammiano.
Supervisors Bevan Dufty and Michela Alioto-Pier joined the Ammiano
resolution as co-sponsors.
Dufty represents the heavily LGBT Castro District and is a member
of the LGBT community. Alioto-Pier is among current generation
of the prominent Alioto Italian Catholic clan.
"It seems that it's so contradictory that lives that so
often are thrown away, that are being reclaimed, that the gay
and lesbian parents that I know are most often involved in special
needs adoptions of children who are not being supported in life.
"That somehow someone of faith could stand in the way of
that and think that they know better - that's the most disappointing
thing because here in San Francisco Catholic Charities has done
such a good job of making it a priority for looking out for the
"I think it is truly tragic
that now children are
going to be hurt and in the future children and could be denied
the opportunity of having a good home," the District 8 supervisor
Dufty will hold a press conference March 27 encouraging LGBT
families to participate in greater numbers with San Francisco
Foster Care programs.
Text of the Ammiano resolution follows:
Resolution urging Cardinal William Levada, in his capacity has
head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the
Vatican, to withdraw his discriminatory and defamatory directive
that Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco stop
placing children in need of adoption with homosexual households.
WHEREAS, It is a insult to all San Franciscans when a
foreign country, like the Vatican, meddles with and attempts to
negatively influence this great City's existing and established
customs and traditions such as the right of same-sex couples to
adopt and care for children in need; and
WHEREAS, The statements of Cardinal Levada and the Vatican
that "Catholic agencies should not place children for adoption
in homosexual households," and "Allowing children to
be adopted by persons living in such unions would actually mean
doing violence to these children" are absolutely unacceptable
to the citizenry of San Francisco; and,
WHEREAS, Such hateful and Discriminatory rhetoric is both
insulting and callous, and shows a level of insensitivity and
ignorance which has seldom been encountered by this Board of Supervisors;
WHEREAS, Same sex couples are just as qualified to be
parents as are heterosexual couples; and
WHEREAS, Cardinal Levada is a decidedly unqualified representative
of his former home city, and of the people of San Francisco and
the values they hold dear; and
WHEREAS, The Board of Supervisors urges Archbishop Niederauer
and the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco
to defy all discriminatory directives of Cardinal Levada; now,
therefore, be it Resolved, that the Board of Supervisors urges
Cardinal William Levada, in his capacity as head of the Congregation
for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican (formerly known as
Holy Office of the Inquisition), to withdraw his discriminatory
and defamatory directive that Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese
of San Francisco stop placing children in need of adoption with