Friday, July 15, 2005

Intra-Christian Discrimination?

I haven't had time to look very deep into this story, but it seems troubling:

A Christian adoption agency that receives money from Choose Life license plate fees said it does not place children with Roman Catholic couples because their religion conflicts with the agency's "Statement of Faith."

Bethany Christian Services stated the policy in a letter to a Jackson couple this month, and another Mississippi couple said they were rejected for the same reason last year.

"It has been our understanding that Catholicism does not agree with our Statement of Faith," Bethany's state director Karen Stewart wrote. "Our practice to not accept applications from Catholics was an effort to be good stewards of an adoptive applicant's time, money and emotional energy."


The story reports that the agency's Statement of Faith

describes belief in the Christian Church and the Scripture. It does not
refer to any specific branches of Christianity.

"As the Savior, Jesus takes away the sins of the world," the statement says in part. "Jesus is the one in whom we are called to put our hope, our only hope for forgiveness of sin and for reconciliation with God and with one another."

I suspect that Bethany's leadership does not believe Catholics meet this standard, perhaps because of Catholic doctrine regarding the role of Mary. I'm not Catholic, but I hate seeing this sort of "I'm a true Christian and you're not" activity.

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