Bishop demands study into effect of gay adoption

Charles Scicluna: ‘There is no right to parenthood; no right to adopt. There is the right of the child to be cared for.’

Auxiliary bishop Charles Scicluna
Auxiliary bishop Charles Scicluna

Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna has called for an impact study that examines the way gay adoptions will affect Maltese society.

"This is a fundamental change in the way Maltese society is set up. We believe that this development is not beneficial to minors and to society in general. This is not about the rights of gay people but about creating a new type of family where the founding principle is not marriage between a man and a woman but any social partnership," the bishop said.

The statement was not signed by any of the two other bishops, Archbishop Paul Cremona and Gozo bishop Mario Grech.

Scicluna has been vociferous in making a vocal stand on gay adoption in the wake of a civil unions bill that will formalise the adoption of children by gay couples, which is already taking place by single, gay parents.

"The Church is against putting children in an environment where the common and natural experience of the conjugal love between a man and a woman is substituted by the quasi-marital relationship between a man and a man, or between a woman and a woman. Let us not play with the innocence of our children.

"The Civil Unions Bill amends the law on filiation: the law that determines who is to be considered a parent. It introduces two new sets of legal parents: John & John. Jane & Jane."

Scicluna prefaced his statement by saying that it was according to Catholic doctrine that best interest of the child is taken into consideration when adoption is discussed.

"The child has the right to know his or her parents and to be brought up by his or her parents: in all cases a man and a woman," Scicluna said, citing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989."

"In those cases where the child cannot be brought up by his or her parents, the adoptive parents should follow the mother-father pattern found in nature. Adoption by a single parent is an exception," Scicluna added.

The bishop, who formally was the Vatican's main prosecutor on clerical sex abuse in the Catholic Church, was also categorical about people's right to father children.

"There is no right to parenthood; there is no right to adopt. There is the right of the child to be cared for. What is the say of the child in this issue? Who will choose to give 'Baby A' a mother and a mother or a father and a father, rather than a mother and a father? How will this affect the upbringing of adoptive children?"

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"There is the right of the child to be cared for" including physically and sexually abusing them like both priests and nuns have done over the years. Is this what is caring for kids means to the Monsignor. This crap is getting out of hand and I quote "He who is pure cast the first stone" can you Monsignor can the church can the rest of the priests and nuns. Stop causing more damage to the church with your middle ages mentality.
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Inqas ma jitkellem l-Isqof Gonzi Version 2013, anqas issir hsara lir-religjon. Archbishop Mercieca please take note. Ma rixux nergghu nghaddu mill-hnizrijiet ta' zmien Mikiel Gonzi.
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Did you an impact on CHURCH REPRESENTATIVES when young boys were untrusted to them?
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Can I ask for an Impact Study on the local Church and it's behaviour towards the Maltese citizen. Pedophiles, traitors, thieves ..... and so on and so forth.
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Hi Charles. Mhux ahjar tmur tistudja kif se tikkompensaw lil dawk il-persuni li kienu fdati ghand ir-religjuzi u spiccaw immolestati mill-istess religjuzi. Xi kredenzjali tippretendi li ghandek titkellem fuq dan is-suggett meta qed tfarfru mir-responsabilta li ghandkom lejn il-vittmi taghkom.
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Jekk irrid xi studju fuq il "GAY ADOPTIONS" jista jmur DAR SAN GUZEPP u mhux studju fuqq il-Gay Adoptions ikollhu imam studju FUQ IL-HNIZRIJIET li ghamlu QASSISIN PEDOFILI fuq tfal fdati fil-kustodja taghhom! FUQ DAK IMISSU JITLOB L'ISTUDJU L'Isqof Scicluna ... U JITLAQ MINN HEMM!
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The Bishop demands how can he demand when the only right he has is to comment, children have been taken into home which have been brought up either by the clergy or by nuns and nobody ever asked the question do they have a right to bring up these children who have been sexually molested so please let these persons with a different sexual orientation who can already adopt as the law stands today do so if they wish without any interference.
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"according to Catholic doctrine the best interest of the child is taken into consideration when adoption is discussed". I suppose this is the rationale according to which male orphans are reared by priests and female ones by nuns. Strict separation. We all know what could happen; and did. It is high time the state took care of these unfortunate children and put them in 'homes' for both sexes and cared for by both sexes. And if the Church wants to be consistent it should adopt this practice too; and quickly, before more harm is done. Is Bishop Scicluna offering himself as the sacrificial lamb in this yet another Holy Crusade?
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Let's conduct a study to determine whether it is in a child's best interest to be brought up by Catholic or religious parents, another to determine whether children are better off with couples whose income is over €50K annually, another about parents from the harbour cities, another for parents with a darker-than-average skin, but above all let's conduct a study to determine whether it's in the child's interest to stay in a home run by the church.
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Considering that all the below scenarios would involve people who are capable of providing a loving and secure environment for an adopted child, in the same argument of the ‘bishop’: Who will choose to give 'Baby A'… white skinned parents, rather than dark skinned parents? … catholic parents, rather than atheist parents? … fat, non-attractive, big nosed, big-eared parents, rather than super-model parents? … disabled parent, rather than ‘abled’ parents? … super-rich parents, rather than parents with a modest income?... Some people may argue that the Maltese society is not ready for ethnically mixed family – perhaps we could make a study to ‘confirm’ this and prohibit them from adopting. There are already children living with same-sex parents, biological or adopted by one parent – shall we do a study to see how these ’opinions’ of the bishop are negatively impacting the well-being of these children and perhaps prohibit the bishop and other from giving their harmful ‘opinions’?
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I fully agree with Bishop Scicluna when he said that 'there is the right of the child to be cared for'. But what unbiased arguments sustain that such a right is restricted to a 'couple' composed only different sexes. Numerous are the cases whereby 'children were not cared for' in what is defined as the 'normal man and woman' couple' and subsequently such a normal couple lost custody of such children. This subject should be treated as suggested by his Excellency the President of Malta, whereby he stressed that such a subject should be dealt with a 'dibattitu veru u propju fil-parlament'
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Here we go again. How we wish they would take you back in Rome! ... What is this guy's obsession with gays?!? Did he not hear Pope Francis call the church to end it's obsession with sex and gays?! Or has he switched off all communication with Rome since his friend resigned?! ... Keep it up Charlie and no one will be in your church anymore soon.
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Here we go again. How we wish they would take you back in Rome! ... What is this guy's obsession with gays?!? Did he not hear Pope Francis call the church to end it's obsession with sex and gays?! Or has he switched off all communication with Rome since his friend resigned?! ... Keep it up Charlie and no one will be in your church anymore soon.