Catholic Charities http://news.stlpublicradio.org en St. Louis Catholic institutions file birth control suits http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-catholic-institutions-file-birth-control-suits <p><strong>Updated 5:10 p.m.</strong></p><p>The Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic&nbsp;Charities of St. Louis are among dozens of Roman Catholic&nbsp;institutions suing the Obama administration over a mandate that&nbsp;most employers provide birth control coverage.</p><p>The archdiocese and Catholic Charities <a href="http://archstl.org/liberty/page/lawsuit-information-0">filed suit Monday</a> in U.S.&nbsp;District Court in St. Louis. The other suits from around the&nbsp;country <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76570.html">were also filed Monday</a>.</p> Mon, 21 May 2012 18:33:09 +0000 Bill Raack & The Associated Press 3750 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Catholic institutions file birth control suits Catholic Charities withdraws civil unions lawsuit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/catholic-charities-withdraws-civil-unions-lawsuit <p>Catholic Charities says it&#39;s withdrawing from a legal battle over Illinois&#39; civil unions law and no longer is providing state-funded services.</p><p>The move ends the group&#39;s long history in Illinois of providing foster care and adoptions.</p><p>Diocese officials in Joliet, Springfield and Belleville say Monday&#39;s decision was reached with reluctance. The Catholic Diocese of Peoria <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/peoria-diocese-quits-court-fight-over-civil-unions">withdrew last month</a>.</p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 23:48:28 +0000 The Associated Press 2469 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Catholic Charities withdraws civil unions lawsuit Peoria Diocese quits court fight over civil unions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/peoria-diocese-quits-court-fight-over-civil-unions <p><em>Reporting by Alex Rusciano of WCBU was used in this report. </em></p><p><em>Updated at 5:08 p.m. with Associated Press information regarding appeal.</em></p><p>Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria is withdrawing its fight to regain state-funded social service contracts. &nbsp;A circuit judge in Springfield recently ruled that the State Department of Children and Family Services can cancel its adoption and foster care contracts with Catholic Charities. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 21:45:18 +0000 WCBU & The Associated Press 2204 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Peoria Diocese quits court fight over civil unions Hearing on hold in dispute over Catholic adoptions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/hearing-hold-dispute-over-catholic-adoptions <p>Catholic Charities is delaying<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/catholic-charities-appeal-foster-care-ruling"> its plan to ask a judge to reconsider or stay his ruling</a> that Illinois officials may cut off the nonprofit&#39;s state contracts for adoptions and foster care placements.</p><p>A hearing had been scheduled Friday in Springfield on Catholic Charities&#39; quest to have a Sangamon County judge rethink or hold off enforcing <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-judge-rules-against-catholics-foster-care">his recent ruling that favored the state</a>.</p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 16:40:06 +0000 The Associated Press 2020 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Hearing on hold in dispute over Catholic adoptions Mo. Senate committee passes economic development bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-committee-passes-economic-development-bill <p>The legislation contains numerous tax incentives, but also places caps and expiration dates on some frequently used programs.</p><p>The bill caps historic preservation tax credits at $80 million per year and low-income housing incentives at $110 million per year.&nbsp;</p><p>Kevin Klingerman with Catholic Charities St. Louis told the committee that capping the circuit breaker tax break for renters would hurt the poor and elderly in Missouri.</p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 11:49:20 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2009 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate committee passes economic development bill Catholic Charities to appeal foster-care ruling http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/catholic-charities-appeal-foster-care-ruling <p>An attorney for Catholic Charities says the not-for-profit agency will appeal <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-judge-rules-against-catholics-foster-care">a judge&#39;s ruling</a> that the state of Illinois can stop working with the group on adoptions and foster-care placements.</p> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 20:09:36 +0000 The Associated Press 1956 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Catholic Charities to appeal foster-care ruling Ill. judge rules against Catholics on foster care http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-judge-rules-against-catholics-foster-care <p>A central Illinois judge has ruled that Catholic Charities does not have a right to state contracts for adoptions and foster care placements and Illinois officials may cut them off.</p><p>The state Department of Children and Family Services ended $30 million in contracts with Catholic Charities in July because the not-for-profit won&#39;t work with unmarried couples in placing children in adoptive and foster homes. Illinois authorities say that violates the state&#39;s civil union law.</p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 20:18:58 +0000 The Associated Press 1898 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. judge rules against Catholics on foster care S. Ill. Catholic organization wants to join foster care suit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/s-ill-catholic-organization-wants-join-foster-care-suit <p>Catholic Social Services of Southern Illinois is asking to join a lawsuit against the state over foster placements to gay couples.</p><p>The organization is affiliated with the Belleville diocese.</p><p>The Department of Children and Family Services ended its foster-care and adoption services with Catholic Charities July 1 because it says the group discriminates by not allowing gay couples to take kids.</p> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 23:05:04 +0000 The Associated Press 1742 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org S. Ill. Catholic organization wants to join foster care suit Ill. must refer foster kids to Catholic agency http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-must-refer-foster-kids-catholic-agency <p>A judge has confirmed that Illinois must temporarily continue referring foster children to Catholic Charities, <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-defends-civil-unions-law-adoption-dispute">despite the group&#39;s policy on gay couples</a>.</p><p>The Department of Children and Family Services had taken the position it could maintain current cases but did not have to send new children to the not-for-profit group. Both sides agreed Monday that new cases will be referred.</p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 17:06:45 +0000 The Associated Press 1669 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. must refer foster kids to Catholic agency Quinn defends civil unions law in adoption dispute http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-defends-civil-unions-law-adoption-dispute <p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is defending the state&#39;s <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-major-winter-storm-ed-martin-enters-senate-race-civil-unions-legal-ill">new civil unions law</a> in <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/catholic-group-sues-state-ill-over-foster-care-adoptions-involving-civil-unions">a dispute over adoptions with Catholic Charities.</a></p><p>State officials say they won&#39;t renew foster care and adoption contracts with the group that has received state money for placing children.</p> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 17:57:31 +0000 The Associated Press 1620 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn defends civil unions law in adoption dispute