Brian Cahill, the former executive director of San Francisco Catholic Charities, writes in the National Catholic Reporter that Cardinal William Levada did not oppose gay adoption until “Roman careerism” changed his mind: “In early 2003, I received a letter from a parishioner questioning whether we were making same-sex placements. I drafted a response explaining the needs of hard-to-place foster children for qualified loving homes, and said we were guided not only by church teaching, but also by the best interests of the children we served and by state law prohibiting discrimination against prospective adoptive parents because of sexual orientation. I sent the draft letter to Archbishop William Levada, and after some minor edits, he approved the letter.”
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