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Colorado Catholic Adoption Agencies Say They Won't Serve Gay Couples, Suggest It's Not 'Safe': VIDEO


As in many other cities and states that have approved marriage equality, Colorado's (where civil unions may soon be a reality) Catholic Charities are objecting to having to serve gay couples.

"Our desire is to provide them with a safe and stable environment."


9 News reports:

"The Catholic church understands the best foundation for a child's life is to be in the home of a father and a mother that is going to raise them in a family environment that is a strong, healthy marriage," said Monsignor Tom Fryar, who serves as pastor for the Denver Cathedral.

By dictionary definition, the church does discriminate when it comes to adoptions-- not just against gays but also against single people.

They only let married couples adopt. Even if the laws change, the church won't.

"We cannot," Fryar said. "It goes against our faith."


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  1. Catholic "Charities" isn't really a charity at all. They are a subcontractor for social services. Well over 60% of their revenue comes from state and federal governments. The rest are donations. Only a negligible amount is paid by the church.

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 29, 2013 12:31:16 PM

  2. That woman looks more like a drag queen than most any drag queen I know.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 29, 2013 12:32:43 PM

  3. No we will not let a stable loving gay couple adopt, while we continue to allow pedophile priest to stay in the ministry.

    Posted by: Tom in Long Beach | Jan 29, 2013 12:36:32 PM

  4. It also goes against fact, Monsignor Fryar. The national longitudinal lesbian family study ( has reported a 0% incidence of child abuse, better than the general population and a lot better than the catholic clergy. Quality of life indicators are comparable or better. But why would you suddenly start thinking about the children?

    Posted by: Don | Jan 29, 2013 12:36:43 PM

  5. Yeah, sweetie, you wanna know what's not safe? Having little kids near priests, Ratzenberger, or the Catholic Church even. In fact, Gay couples may even prove to be more nurturing, morally competent, and responsible; therefore showing the moral bankruptcy of your affiliation--and that's what you're really afraid of.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Jan 29, 2013 12:40:30 PM

  6. Is that woman really Anne Coulter?

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Jan 29, 2013 12:42:10 PM

  7. 1st amendment is there, but doesn't mean there won't be repercussions...doesn't mean you can't be listed as a hate group for your discriminatory policies, and doesn't mean you can't lose your 501c3 status.

    Posted by: Matt | Jan 29, 2013 12:42:31 PM

  8. Should I be surprised?

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jan 29, 2013 12:42:44 PM

  9. KEEP any and ALL kids AWAY from Preist and thier rectorys....otherwise the alter boys asses will be rectorys...F the RCC!!!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jan 29, 2013 12:42:59 PM

  10. Darn, my bolding didn't come through. They serve INDIVIDUALS and families, so the spokeswoman is just LYING.

    Posted by: BobN | Jan 29, 2013 12:46:04 PM

  11. Darn, my bolding didn't come through. They serve INDIVIDUALS and families, so the spokeswoman is just LYING.

    Posted by: BobN | Jan 29, 2013 12:46:06 PM

  12. I've been involved with workshops and meetings dealing with folks with anti-LGBT leanings/ideologies who want to adopt and/or be foster parents.

    the point "we" have tried to make clear to these prospective parents is that regardless of their own chosen and adopted religious convictions there is no guarantee that the children they take in will be heterosexual.

    it's tricky ground, telling people that due to their beliefs they're truly not yet "fit" to adopt, but the reality is that it's blatantly unfair to the child to be given to someone who makes it clear that they will not be able to raise the child in a safe and secure home.

    what's the "best case scenario"? that the child *is* straight and only learns to be prejudiced against others, not themselves? that's simply not good enough.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 29, 2013 12:47:22 PM

  13. Yes, it is so much better to let a kid grow up without any parents at all as opposed to, heaven forbid, letting them grow up in a home with two loving parents regardless of their orientation. But you stick to your "morals", you're doing a bang-up job for the kids who need a home!

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 29, 2013 12:52:31 PM

  14. I'm pretty sure two people who want a kid and go through the lengthy process of adoption would be perfect parents. Not like those straights who 'forget' to take a pill or put a condom on. But then against expect as much from Catholics or any religion for that matter

    Posted by: Will | Jan 29, 2013 12:53:40 PM

  15. How many children are in a family environment with a father and a mother where they are abused or otherwise damaged? That's not safe either, is it? Unfortunately, that's not addressed in this type of conversation.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 29, 2013 12:56:35 PM

  16. Catholic Charities in Boston placed 13 children with gay or lesbian couples in the decade before marriage equality came to the Bay State. All the adoptions were considered to have turned out well, and the organization had no plans to change their practices - of treating gay and lesbian couples as equal human beings under the law - when marriage came to pass. Unfortunately, the head of the local church, Sean O'Malley, who took over for unindicted co-conspirator Bernie Law, found out they were acting like decent humans and demanded they stop. In response, fully 20% of the Charity's Board of Directors quit in protest. Mr. O'Malley then required to organization to stop all adoption services when the state refused an anti-gay exception for them, even though their own experience indicated no issues.

    Interestingly, no Catholic adoption agency has ever protested laws that require them to consider divorced and remarried parents as potential adopters, even though the church considers them adulterers (or does the church think a relationship based on adultery is an appropriate home environment for children?). They have never protested laws that require them to treat Jews - the very people the church blamed for centuries for the death of Jesus - as equally appropriate potential adoptive parents. Apparently adultery, heresy, blasphemy, paganism and fornication are no longer sins, according to the church.

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | Jan 29, 2013 12:58:13 PM

  17. If they would rather shut down operations than be decent human beings, let them. Have the children within the agency be taken in by other adoption agencies throughout the state, or be adopted by families seeking to adopt, and hopefully these Catholic agencies DO shut down.

    Goes to show that these bigots care more about hating us as a community than they do the well-being of children.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 29, 2013 1:02:20 PM

  18. Everyone knows how much the Catholic Church is involved in destroying GLBT lives but discoving how closely linked the haters really are is scary. Prop 8 campaign was started by conservative catholics in San Diego to protect "traditional marriage". Frank Schubert,mastermind behind prop 8 and the lead conservative strategist on marriage said that the newly appointed Catholic Bishop for SF Bay Area,Cordilone provided a campaign saving $1 Million donation from a single supporter. "It's entirely possible that Prop 8 wouldn't have made the ballot without him" says Schubert.
    The Prop 8 brain trust is a tight-knit group and continues to dictate the anti-gay marriage agenda. Besides Schubert and Cordileone it includes Brain Brown-President of NOM(Cordileone is Godfather to one of Brian Browns son's) HOW COZY...
    and Charles LiMadri,a San Diego attorney who Cordileone met in college at USD 30 years ago. So the Pope and the Vatican are alive and well in Southern/Northern California...Doesn't the constitution mention something about seperation of church and state. Religion=DEATH.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jan 29, 2013 1:10:22 PM

  19. So says yet another pedophile enabler.

    Posted by: Mark Alexander | Jan 29, 2013 1:27:24 PM

  20. But those kids will be totally safe with the priests, yes sirree!

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jan 29, 2013 1:31:26 PM

  21. Yes, instead of letting kids be adopted by stable and loving gay homes it's better to put them in one of the Catholic church's notorious Fish In A Barrel Homes For Boys.

    If you want to be horrified looked into the Catholic Church's history with orphanages, everywhere but particularly in Ireland where the church and state were nearly indistinguishable. The priests used those orphanages like their personal brothels and shared their bounty with government officials.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jan 29, 2013 1:31:59 PM

  22. If the Catholic Church wants to keep kids in a "safe and stable environment" they will do their best to keep them away from Catholic Priests & Brothers. I don't say this as an anti Catholic bigot. It is just a statitical reality.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 29, 2013 1:33:03 PM

  23. It would be fair for the state to look at the past record of an agency and to reduce its quota if they have a poor record of getting children adopted. Hope they will get themselves out of the business.

    Posted by: simon | Jan 29, 2013 2:02:00 PM

  24. Let them come and live in the Rectory with Reverend Bruce.

    Posted by: Jeff York | Jan 29, 2013 2:04:55 PM

  25. At least they are becoming more honest with "it goes against our faith" rather than just lying about us.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Jan 29, 2013 2:05:03 PM

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