Suffer Little Children

February 17th, 2010

“From our point of view, it’s important that we don’t in any way compromise our religious teaching.” — Edward Orzechowski, president and chief executive of Catholic Charities (quoted by the Washington Post)

Just imagine if Jesus came into a town
And told the orphaned children gathered around:
“Sorry, I can’t help you, I hope you understand.
The Romans haven’t agreed to my political demand.”
   — “Render Unto Caesar” (paraphrased)
 
But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. — Matthew 19:14

 

As reported in Catholic Archdiocese suspends D.C. foster care program (Washington Post 2/17/10) and Washington Archdiocese Plays Politics With Foster Care Program (Change.org 2/17/10), the Archdiocese of Washington has ended its 80 year old foster care program in the District because it was not willing to accept the “risk” that some same-sex couples might participate in the program. The 43 children, 35 families, and seven staff members that made up the program have been transferred to another foster care service provider, the National Center for Children and Families. Read my poem, make a comment to let me know what you think, and please sign the petition below to protest this action.

















Dear Archbishop Wuerl:


The Archdiocese has announced its foster care program’s dissolution.

Did you do it in retribution?

Did you feel you had to call DC’s bluff?

Did you just want to come across as tough?


The press release stated “this is the only program Catholic Charities anticipates will be impacted”

When the marriage equality law is enacted.

The latter at least is a positive decision,

Representing the threat to close down everything’s partial rescission.


When Jesus said “suffer little children,” I don’t think He had in mind

That the children should suffer, as that word’s now defined.

The Archdiocese’s decision suggests you care more

About the Church’s “freedom” to discriminate than about the helpless and poor.


The question you should ask (considering your religious affiliation)

Is what would Jesus do in this situation?

In my view, the answer is clear:

He would suffer the little children to stay near.


Just imagine if Jesus came into a town

And told the orphaned children gathered around:

“Sorry, I can’t help you, I hope you understand.

The Romans haven’t agreed to my political demand.”


Shouldn’t Christians strive to do as Jesus would do,

Or does that just apply to others and not to you?

Since this is a prayer for you to consider again

I’ll close it with one word:

     Amen.

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