Illinois Catholic Charities foster care programs end

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Catholic bishops in Illinois announced Nov. 14 that they were dropping their lawsuit against the state for requiring Catholic Charities agencies to provide their services to same-sex couples. The agencies also will end their adoption and foster care programs, which have been in place for 50 years. In a joint statement Nov. 14, the bishops of Joliet, Springfield and Belleville dioceses said the decision was reached "with great reluctance."

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