In the light of Pope Benedict’s Motu Proprio on Catholic charities the question has to be asked why is Caritas Care, the former social care charity of the Diocese of Lancaster that was stripped of its right to call itself a Catholic charity, a member of the Bishops Conference’s Caritas Social Care Network?
An even more urgent question is why is Mr Jim Cullen, the director of Caritas Care, listed as a CSAN trustee, despite the fact that he publicly opposed his bishop over the issue of allowing gay couples to adopt Catholic children? Mr Cullen not only opposed Bishop O’Donoghue and the Church’s teaching on homosexual adoption at board meetings of the former Catholic Caring Services, but also opposed him and the Church’s teaching in newspapers and national radio.
Mr Cullen told Bishop O’Donoghue that he was only one voice among the the members of the social care charity of the Diocese of Lancaster. The board of Catholic Caring Services voted against Bishop O’Donoghue to accept the government’s plans for gay adoption even though the bishop had made it clear that to take such a decision would be to reject the teaching and moral authority of the Church.
Why has the Bishops Conferences’ Social Action Network accepted Jim Cullen and Caritas Care as members of their Catholic network when this individual and charity have publicly disobeyed the explicit instructions of the bishop within his own diocese?