To the Most Revd Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Birmingham:
You upset me last year when you took on the government over their very just idea that some of the people who actually pay a majority of the cost of your schools (non-Catholic tax payers) should have the right to have their children go to those schools but I kept schtum.
Now you're banging on about wanting an exemption to laws designed to eradicate discrimination against gay people. Need I quote from your Catechism, section 2358, that "every sign of unjust discrimination should be avoided".
Indeed, adoption is an ironic one. After all, if you have an heterosexual couple who offer to adopt because they are unable to conceive for themselves, they too are unable to fulfill naturally the great commission of marriage, to share in "the creative power and fatherhood of God". So you are happy to discriminate against one form of "imperfection" (as you teach it) whilst rewarding another. Does that not sound "unjust" to you? Incidentally, are you allowed to discriminate on the grounds of religious belief or is it only gay people you are targetting? If you do not, how can you be sure that people not in full communion with Rome do not hold beliefs with which you would not agree also?
The historical reputation of the Catholic church in putting people in positions of care and influence over children is not, shall we say, something to be envied. Maybe we are better out of the adoption game altogether anyway.