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Rev. Sirico responds to Catholic Charities Controversy in Illinois

IR 10 June 2011 No Comment
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In a recent interview, Rev. Robert A. Sirico spoke about the State of Illinois' investigation of Catholic Charities and the Illinois Attorney General's presumption that they discriminate against gay couples when it comes to adoption. Sirico argued for the right of Catholic Charities to exist and conduct its own business without the influence of the state, noting:

“What is it about foster care that necessitates a state-run system? Why can’t it be done on local levels?” he said. “Why can’t a city, municipality or affiliation of organizations do it and merely abide by standards set by the state? But when you have it monopolized, in effect, by the state [which uses organizations such as Catholic Charities as contractors to provide services], then you have the political-interest groups in control.”

Rev. Sirico also offers a solution for guaranteeing the independence of Catholic Charities:

“I think we need to separate the giving from the mechanism of the state,” Father Sirico continued. “I think there are ways to incentivize people to give that aren’t channeled through political and bureaucratic agencies. For instance, what if we had a tax credit to corporations or individuals that allowed their money to be used in a way that isn’t run through the state, but for services that they’re already obligated to pay the state to perform? For example, you have a tax obligation; but let’s say you’re allowed to take the portion going to social services and designate it to a specific charity you wanted to support. You don’t pay the state. The state reduces its involvement in that sphere. What you do is present the state with a documented receipt that you paid money to that charity.”

via blog.acton.org

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