ST. PAUL, Minn. — In the coming months, Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis will close its Seton Prenatal Clinic and cease its adoption program.
Citing declining numbers, and changes in health care regulations and industry trends, Tim Marx, the agency’s president and CEO, said the clinic, which provides health care to low-income or uninsured women, will close in August and is working on a transition plan.
Its adoption services, which Marx said had been around since the 1940s, will regrettably end in December and, like the clinic, are going through a transition period. Marx said Catholic Charities will retain records of past adoptions.full article at The Compass
Once coordinating more than 200 adoptions a year, the agency facilitated only seven in 2015. Marx attributes the decline to society’s changing mores and said the ability of same-sex couples to adopt children plays no role in the program ending. Catholic Charities will work with individual couples on their own transition plans before focusing on future referrals.
Catholic Charities has long ceased being a "by Catholics, for Catholics" type of organization. For example, even though a child may have been born a Catholic, it would provide adoption services to say a Hindu couple to adopt the Catholic child and cease said child's faith practice. That's not to say adoption services to Hindu couples should not be given, only that ultimately it has been making less sense for Catholic Charities to provide adoption services at all. Some services like (legitimate) healthcare does make sense for a Catholic organization to make available to all people. In a similar fashion, my current credit union used to be the Holy Trinity Catholic Parish credit union in La Crosse. Perhaps ideally a parish would have a credit union, and practicing on Catholic principles (goodbye usury), but practically speaking both are likely not tenable in the current environment.