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A group of Roman Catholic Bishops in Illinois is protesting a legal change that makes it illegal for any Catholic charity to refuse to grant same-sex couples adoption rights. After the jump, read some of our thoughts and weigh in with yours ...

1. What do you think? Are the bishops right in asserting that if Catholic charities don't help, then people will suffer so they ought to be allowed to continue? Or is the state right in asserting it is illegal for any organization receiving state money to discriminate based on a state-approved relationship (same-sex civil unions are legal in Illinois)?

  1. Do you think there is a possible compromise?

  2. It seems most of the argument boils down to the source of the funding. Do you think Christians can support charities like foster homes to the extent that there could be large, socially-encompassing organizations completely independent of government aid?

  3. How should Christians navigate between helping every type of person and staying true to their convictions?


Congress heard from representatives of the Roman Catholic Church yesterday, as the church leaders condemned a new rule that requires health care providers to cover contraception, which Catholic teaching says is immoral. Supporters of the bill suggest that the choice to use or not use contraception will still be up to individuals, no matter what heath care coverage they have ...